orienteering race (ASMG night O) 41:10 
shoes: Asics GT-2000
I'm not good with score events or with night O so juxtaposing them is generally a bad idea, and the familial cold's finally settled on me after 2 days of saw froat so my head was fairly spaced out, but OTOH Uncle Geoffrey (who flew in @midday) was available for kid-wrangling, so Susanne & Lachlan & I could all run on Manu's brand new map of the Alice Springs Golf Course :)
Start was @the golf club, and I ruled out going to a nearby control first because I thought the fence behind it was impassable, so from the start my route was suboptimal because I'd have to double back for it later on. Ran as hard as I could though, and was around quite a few guys even after I'd mistaken negative contours for a low sandhill and in fact climbed a bigger hill unnecessarily when I should have been looking in a basin, and compounded the error by thinking that the blue filled-in circle which the control was on would be a tank when in fact it's a pond...
Anyway, that was a small issue compared to what I did later on - with only 2 controls to go and needing to head west to a drainage channel, managed instead to read that I was still at my previous control and headed south instead, hitting a fence, being unable to find it on the map because it was just off the bottom edge of the mapped area (Manu, don't laugh, yes I did run off your map!) and spent 5 minutes in no-man's land, getting confused because the building lights I could see to the west didn't seem to be those of the Doubletree Hilton (in fact I was as far south as the casino - oops) and getting a bit freaked out by a 4WD driving around among the mullock heaps.
Anyway, eventually corrected by heading north, and still got all 20 controls within the 45 min time limit, but was pretty embarrassed, especially when I found out that the 3rd-placed woman (a local, so maybe she was more familiar with the golf course?) was only a few seconds behind me. Had been a bit disillusioned with silver medals, but bronze would have been so much more humiliating. I just don't seem to have orienteered well at all this year, even at WMOC. Presentations were held inside the golf clubrooms where we could order dinner, and Susanne had to get all dressed up in her fancy ASMG ambassador's uniform to present the medals, and Eleanor told mummy she looked beautiful. A fitting end to a great sequence of races and some incredibly hard work by Kay. Now I'm on holidays?