Orienteering race (Scottish 6 Days) 53:42  **** 7.1 km (7:34 / km) +55m 7:17 / km
ahr:172 max:186 spiked:21/26c shoes: Standard White O-Shoes
Day 4 at Tentsmuir. Another sunny and warm day. I cycled in from Dundee, across the Tay Bridge, and had to jog for much of the 3.7km (flat) walk to the start, as my train was 20 minutes late in arriving. I got off to a great start - apart from a slight wobble in my direction out from the start, and slowing too early for No. 4, I aced the first 8 controls in the intricate south-east section. My speed and route was not great for the next two, long legs, but then it was into the lines of forested dunes for the next 10 controls. I had no problems with these and got into a good flow. The last five were in a thicker forested area, with minimal visibility - running late, I followed some very useful tracks. I knew I was on to a good time (it's the sort of area where everyone thinks they've done well!) so proceeded to mess up the penultimate control, choosing a poor attack point and overshooting. It was only a 1 minute mistake but still annoying.
Really pleased to have had a good time, and felt good about the result - but everyone else did pretty well too, and I ended up in 14th place of 70 runners - my third best result from the four days so far.
My pleasure at having a good run was swiftly tempered when I discovered more and more ticks crawling around my legs. I hadn't tucked my trousers in - I found 36 (!) ticks in the end, including six biters, although none were hard to remove. Most of them were small brown sheep tickets but there were a couple of large black deer ones too. Euurgh!
Cycling 26:00  10.0 km (2:36 / km)
Dundee station to Tentsmuir Forest, along National Cycle Route 1. Generally off-road and a well made route, including the spectacular cycle path between the carriageways on the Tay Bridge - lift at the north end, then a gradual rise across the 2.5km bridge to the south end, then around Tayport Harbour which was very pretty, with great views back across the firth.
Cycling (From Event) 1:30:00  28.5 km (3:09 / km)
Tentsmuir to Grange (near Errol). Hot and sunny. Cycling with heavy back-pack, pretty painful and tiring after the earlier race. The route was very flat though - along National Cycle Route 1 to Dundee, then 77 along the north shore of the Firth of Tay.