Orienteering race (Regional Event) 1:43:37  **** 12.2 km (8:30 / km) +300m 7:34 / km
spiked:14/23c slept:6.0 shoes: Standard White O-Shoes
The November Classic at Wood Crates in the New Forest. This was a long race, with some very long first few legs in very continental terrain, not ideal after my legs were aching following the tarmac of the Oxford street race yesterday. The one saving grace was that the climb did not feel like nearly as much as 300m.
I knew it was going to be an interesting race when the first control was right in the middle of a wet marsh - and the stake was down so low the flag was not visible. I held it together though until half way around, when I made a series of bad mistakes (of the kind I didn't think i still did these days) and wore myself out. In fact I hit a bit of a wall 2/3rds of the way around and couldn't run for a few minutes. A faster last section couldn't bring my race below my target 100 minutes. Finished 31st out of 38. A bit disappointing, really.
Update: My analysis suggests I made 21 minutes of mistakes. This sounds about right and is very disappointing. I should indeed have been able to do around 85 minutes on a course like this.