orienteering race (WOC trials UTas sprint) 20:53  2.9 km (7:12 / km)
shoes: Asics Trabuco
Had spent the morning watching the fog and worrying about whether the planeloads from Melbourne would actually make it (bit hard to hold trials without half the field) but by the time I started I had seen everyone but Reuben and I ran into him out on course, so that was okay. Lack of speedwork lately meant I didn't really have a sprint gear but I was running smoothly enough apart from a wobble on 5 where the singletrack through the hedge wasn't the optimal route, and then a shocker on 9, where, as I came round the building from the right, I thought "okay, I'll run that way as I leave" not realising that "that way" was at 90 degrees to the right way! So I went north not west, and couldn't work out where I was for over a minute. (Heard afterwards that Bridget and Wendy did the same thing, having come from the east also. People coming from the west didn't make that mistake!) I do enjoy a sprint which makes you think, and therefore I'm pleased that this was technical enough to force me into an error, if that makes any sense.
I went down with a good thump on the 'bridge' at 10, startling Susanne who was looking down below. No damage to me but scraped a a swathe of blankness across my map - luckily a section I'd already run through, but the print quality really was crap - and after that I was rather tentative, so fairly slow through the remaining buildings. Both Sus & I ran into the dead end at 11 because the ghosting around the number made it look like there was a gap in the fence (there actually was, which some people squeezed through, but it was in a diferent place - not a mapped gap and the fence was officially uncrossable).