Orienteering race 1:09:17***** 7.08 km (9:47 / km) +71m9:19 / km ahr:157 max:175 spiked:15/19c
Oceania Day 3 - Manga Pirau
2:30 PM. Waikawa Beach, New Zealand. Burned 486 calories.
Course: M21E 5.1 km 135 m
This was always going to be a realy fun race. I love dunes. I started out slow and really got into the navigation. Towards # 8 i was starting to get cocky and was brutally pulled back into line by a lovely parallel error. I ended up thinking i was one clearing south of where i actually was. This was followed up by another error on 10 and then i was settle back down and had a clean couple of controls. Then #14 happened. I went out to the beach thinking i would be able to find a decent attack point to lead me back into the dunes and then the control. No. No there was no attack point and decided to revisit 5 before tackling 14. After that epic blowout i mananged a pretty smooth end to the course. Not sure how i pulled that off...
Orienteering race 2:09:25**** 12.24 km (10:34 / km) +112m10:07 / km ahr:152 max:175 spiked:26/30c
Oceania Day 2 - Osgiliath Wood
11:03 AM. Waitarere Forest, New Zealand. Burned 810 calories.
Course: M21E 10.1 km 90 m
From one epic to another. The forest on this was quite nice and soft to run thorugh, but I didn't get to enjoy it much, since my legs were really buggered from day 1. I managed to completely stuff #9 and really only found it by a combination of luck and the fact that Morten was searching for it too (i grabbed it before he did!). He let me follow him into 10 but he then quickly disappeared. The most talked about bit of this map was that in the Microcarpa and out in the dunes proper. Both horrible areas, and the dunes were very hard to understand with a very minimalist mapping style. To throw us into this for half our course was just mean, especially because it was the end of the course!
Orienteering race 2:01:30**** 13.58 km (8:57 / km) +458m7:39 / km ahr:149 max:180 spiked:15/21c
Oceania Day 1 - Fusilier
11:11 AM. Manawatu, New Zealand. Burned 1045 calories.
Course: M21E 11.5 km 140 m
Orienteering baptism by fire. This was my first navigation for some time and it showed. Also, wasn't really up for the actual distance of this i think. I got around in the end though. Lots of problems keeping a bearing in the forest with me drifting a long way right on the majority of the controls i made errors. Felt like a lot of running without much thinking on much of the course. The forest was nice and soft.