Orienteering race (District Event) 1:03:33  *** 8.6 km (7:23 / km) +155m 6:47 / km
spiked:15/21c slept:8.5 weight:68.9kg shoes: Standard White O-Shoes
A couple of silly blunders near the end marred an otherwise very good HH District race at Northaw Great Wood, near Cuffley. I ran the Brown course, as it had just stopped raining. The forest was still damp, but this was actually rather nice as it kept me cool.
Legs 1-3 were long but straightforward. I took a bit of a lazy route choice to 4, and drifted off for 5. One characteristic of this race were lovely long, downhill legs. 7-8 was one of these, and was very nice. I had another poor route choice on a very short leg (11-12), mainly to avoid some nasty undergrowth - but on the whole, the area was suprisingly free of undergrowth, and very nice to run in. 15-16 was another lovely long (1km+) leg downhill. I ran fast, but got clogged up in some unmarked light green, so started to make mistakes. I exited 16 very badly, but the worst mistakes of the race were made after I stopped paying attention to my compass and was generally very tired. They were 18-19 (too far to the right and too high) and 19-20 (too far to the left and too low.)
If I hadn't made these final mistakes I would have finished 3rd - a best ever result on Brown - still, my time was fast and I am very pleased with the result - finishing 8th out of 38 runners, and just 5.5 mins down on the winner.
This was possibly my latest ever start - I didn't get out of bed until 1015 - a real luxury lie in! And yet I was running by 1230.
I was trying out my new birthday present today - a top-of-the-range fast setting thumb compass. It certainly was fast setting, but I need to get used to the way thumb compasses work (everything's kind of backwards.) After trying to use it properly for the first couple of legs, I ended up using it as a simple compass for the remainder. It requires diligence to rotate the map correctly - not something I normally do.
Felt a bit bad on uphill sections in the early part of the race, but was fine later - and didn't experience the "power surge" feeling after the race, as I warmed down properly. Pretty knackered now though!
Looking forward to the British Middle Distance champs next Saturday.
Cycling (To/From Event) 45:00  10.0 km (4:30 / km)
shoes: Brown Leisure Shoes
Estimated time/distance - biking to/from home to KX, and to/from Cuffley station to the event today. Last section loaded with shopping. Biking is a useful warm-up/warm-down for races, as long as the distance isn't too far and the pace wasn't too fast. Today was just fine.