Orienteering race 1:03:50  5.0 mi (12:46 / mi)
Day 2, La Grande Teppe (WOC Middle Qual. area). H45, 6.0km, 295m.
Surprisingly my calf felt better this morning, but I fully expected it to hurt very early in the race. However, after some initial stiffness, it was OK. The first 6 controls today were some of the trickiest orienteering I've ever done. It was also combined with some of the roughest terrain imaginable; limestone pavement covered in all manner of vegetation and brashings. It was very much a case of safety first; both to avoid serious injury and getting seriously lost. I was very pleased to get through the first 6 controls with no major loss of time. After that it got easy in the open stuff, but I made a bum route choice from 8 to 9, going down and up rather than round, which cost me 2 or 3 minutes (and as it turned out, the race). One more really tricky control near the end which I successfully identified and took as carefully as possible. 2nd, 45 seconds behind Oystein Holo, NOR.