orienteering race (Noah's Ark Ridge) 52:43  3.9 km (13:31 / km) +175m 11:02 / km
shoes: Inov8 ORoc 280
"Middle" distance day of Easter, hahaha. Which is not to say that this wasn't quite good fun, but it took a while, because there were so many controls to find. I started out fairly cautiously, and got into understanding the style of mapping the rock lines and slabs ok, whereupon it was ironic that I lost a minute on looking for what turned out to be an earth not rock mound in a gully where it was camouflaged by being covered in grass; still my fault for bearing being a bit off though.
Got through the middle section fluently enough although did see Belinda on the cross-over which meant she was definitely gaining on me (in fact she was in first place at that time) and at the same time I was slowly gaining on Natalie, who I first saw leaving 9 as I approached it, and I finally caught her the full 2 min at 16, whereupon I blew 3 min on a danger downhill leg due to getting distracted and running faster than I was thinking rather than reading the map (which basically required stopping to do so, even at 1: 7 500, because I otherwise needed to be watching my feet). I still shouldn't have gone down below the big line of cliffs; don't know what I was thinking although, looking at the splits, I can see that I definitely wasn't the only one to make that mistake and in fact that control is where Belinda lost the race to Tracy.
Anyway, I ended up 4th and even a totally clean run wouldn't have got me near Tracy's time, plus I can see that any of the top 6-7 could have been 2nd or 3rd without mistakes, so I'm going to have to try really hard not to make any more errors over the next couple of days if I am to have any chance of approaching anywhere near the placings. I used to have much better navigational focus, but sometimes now I just get carried away with the thrill of orienteering!