Forest Orienteering race 1:10:31  **** 10.84 km (6:30 / km) +155m 6:04 / km
shoes: NVII Forest 1
NZL QB3 Day 1 (multi-day distance): 8th (+6:22)
Thought I started well but was pretty slow in the splits, I think maybe due to not being used to such crappy running and actually dropping 5-15 seconds on all controls to 6 (but not registering this as bad as the terrain was overwhelming me).
Regardless was starting to feel confident at 6, only to then bin 1:30 on 7, a combination some interesting mapping (of which the control circle was then obscuring) and allowing myself to lose concentration. This error started a very messy race and I was surprised to only find myself 6 minutes down at the end:
8: Stumbling out of 7 annoyed with my mistake and then never really had map contact. Stopped myself to get proper contact at the track but rushed and didn't do this properly (not helped by drinks being mapped in the wrong place) +1:30
9 and 10: hesitated and stopped coming into both (+10-15)
11: used felled area which had changed and then went to parallel feature covered by control circle (+40)
14: Ran into some blackberries and then just lost complete contact. Then saw Jonty running 14-15 and tried to figure out what he was doing rather than actually orienteering (+1:00)
16: Too high (+10). 17: followed the bendy red line... (+5-10)
18: Again confused by new felled area which was larger than on map. Control also felt very far right but was a huge bingo anyway (+45)
20: Took the track but then tried to cut in too early and hesitated a lot before the control (+20)
22: Good contact for 3/4 of leg but then stopped focusing when it got hard and took a while to put myself back on map (+25-30)
23: Poor exit, must not have been looking at compass. In no mans land for a long part of leg and then read long depressions wrong at end and ended up south of control (+1:00)
Pretty good from here to finish but struggling to be aggressive after a non-inspiring race. Small route choice errors on 28 and 29 but nothing significant.