Orienteering race 49:00  4.4 km (11:08 / km)
shoes: X-Talon 190
Easter Day 2 at The Murdering Shed - an appropriate name for my outcome.
Was 2nd last starter 2 mins ahead of Terry B. Stuffed up 1, visiting a wrong control 100m W of mine, and lost 1 minute. After punching I didn't see in my haste that the best route was to follow a deep and very dry erosion gully to 2; instead I climbed out of the gully and followed the N bank, getting caught in some green in the process. Arrived at 2 in time to see Terry punching.
The calf had been ok, and found that I could run after a fashion as long as I didn't put stress on lift-off with my right foot, so I was 'running' with the left and 'shuffling' with the right.
Stayed together with Terry through 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7, where it would have been tricky for one of us to get away anyway. (Terry's not fast any more either, having had age-related problems of his own.) During this section we picked up a train including Kevin W and Jim L.
7-8 was a long leg, where we appear to have all separated with me going further left up a very steep hill, not to avoid climb, but to cross the hill above a broad gully leading down to 8. This was a good option because I gained the best part of a minute on Terry. The next leg was even longer (1.2km) but had a good track option from about 400m in. Terry caught me just as I reached the track. This was a bit up and down, but I was managing to stay ahead, then with about 100m to go before turning off the track at a small thicket, on a steep downhill I stubbed my toe and took a flying dive. Terry stopped but I waved him on because I knew we'd been going well and he would be right up there (he ended up winning by 2 mins). When I got up there was blood everywhere and a deep cut between the 4th & little fingers of my r. hand, and more blood streaming down my cheek. My glasses were on the ground and covered in dirt, but when I picked them up I noticed a piece about the size of a 5 cents missing from the middle of one lens. It was pretty obvious that I shouldn't continue, so walked along the track about 400m to the finish and went straight to the Ambos tent.
They cleaned up a bit of blood and put bandages around my head and hand, (see PP's FB page) then said I should go to hospital. PP got the car and we set off back to Canberra. The hospital process took a total of about 5 hours and included pulling the 5c piece of glass from a deep hole in my cheek, stitching that up, then after lots of anaesthetic and panadeine forte, putting about 10 stitches in the webbing between the fingers. Thanks to Trude in the Ambos tent and Dr Oliver at Canberra Hospital Emergency. Now I have to see a hand specialist back in Perth, which we will be going home to early as I can't do our planned 6 days of rail trail riding in central Victoria.
Useless speculation: probably would have finished with Terry, and in 2nd or 3rd on the day. Day 3 might have seen me in 3rd overall because Terry came 2nd overall 20 mins in front of 3rd.