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  MTB Orienteering2 2:22:16 14.35(6.1/h) 23.1(9.7/h) 397
  Total2 2:22:16 14.35(9:55) 23.1(6:10) 397
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Sunday Sep 24 #

7 AM

MTB Orienteering 35:23 [3] 7.1 km (12.0 kph) +139m

MAP 1 of 3

MTBO training out at Killy on the courses that Andrew.P set last weekend.
Started out hot and windy and stayed that way. Went and hung the washing out at 6:20am and the wall of heat just hit me. Was 30 degrees when we pulled up at the power station at Killy at 7am. Matt.B had suggested either starting at 7am or 6am and silly me chose 7am. If today is anything to go by, 6am may have to be the start time if i want to do anything this summer.
The wind was atrocious.
I was going to #3 on the first map and stopped just before i entered The Range as everything just went gray from the dust that kicked up and i couldn't see. So i stopped and covered my eyes for about 10-15 sec before the dust and wind settled again.
This side of the map was pretty straightforward and the tracks are pretty simple so not much brain power was expended.

MTB Orienteering 48:50 [3] 6.6 km (8.1 kph) +120m

MAP 2 of 3

This one used more brain power. The heat and wind was still there, and my water bottle was now hot.
From 6, i decided to go north and then east to the control. That didn't work out so well - the tracks weren't very clear; clearly they don't get much use - i ended up cutting down too early and popped out right on the track i'd gone up to 6 on. Way too far west of where i needed to be. Started toward 7 but then figured that it would probably take me another 10min and today wasn't the day to be spending too much time outside. So left that one, finished the rest and met up with the boys for the last map.
8 AM

MTB Orienteering 58:03 [3] 9.4 km (9.7 kph) +138m

MAP 3 of 3

I had the shorter map to the boys (Steveo and Matt.B). We only have an A4 copier at home and this map was slightly bigger so when we did a copy for Matt.B, it cut off control 10 and 11 - so i got the shorter map.
The sand and heat were getting to me. Plus this was the first bit of exercise since the Tri last Saturday. My left hand/wrist was throbbing a bit - after the sprain at the Lake Mac Rogaine, it was pretty tender after the Tri last weekend, and then i obviously flared it up again yesterday with car washing and weeding.
Got to the bottom of 7 and realised that it was an out and back climb. With my hot water and rapidly tiring self, i bailed on that and went to 8. On the way to 9, i overshot the track. Went back and found it and saw that the track was in pretty ordinary condition and there would probably be some walking.
So then decided that i would do 14 - 13 - 12 - 15 - 16 - 17 - finish. Got to 14 and threw in the towel. Skipped every other control and went back and tried to find shade at the front of Matt.B's truck.
Steveo showed up after about 10-15min and thankfully the water in his car was somewhat cool. We finished that and the car said that it was 33 degrees.
Went and got choccy milk and ice cream, got home and the car said it was 34 degrees.

Looking at vegetation coupled with heat and wind today, and the bush is in prime condition for a bushfire. Steveo said that when he got to the top of the downhill track, some of Fairly Dams has been burnt. He also said that parts of Heaton are still on fire and in this weather it probably wouldn't take much for the fire to jump onto Sugarloaf and race down the mountain.

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