Running warm up/down 6:15 1.31 km (4:46 / km) +4m4:43 / km ahr:149 max:160 shoes: VJ iRock 2016
Orienteering race (Brown) 1:24:01*** 12.35 km (6:48 / km) +85m6:35 / km ahr:166 max:178 spiked:28/28c shoes: VJ iRock 2016
Wilverley, Wimborne Winter Warmer, Brown course.
7th/25 - very close as most people seemed to be in around the same time. Really should have been 3rd with only making some of the mistakes - one itself dropped me from 3rd to 7th at one point.
Running wise it was hard work from the beginning, most of the forest was full of brashings so felt a lot more physical than the climb would suggest. It is no wonder that the strongest man posted so much better time (Paul P won with posting a time of around 70 min - which just looking at the map should have been easily possible). The terrain can be deceiving just looking at the map. I would contest a lot of the vegetation mapping, not the shapes but mainly the greenness. I suspect some other smaller mapping mistakes were present as well, which interfered with my route. That said, the majority of the mistakes that did count were fully mine, including the 2 min + mistake I have made on 26 effectively running past the control and into the green below (how could I have misread the maps so badly... other than my tiredness I can't explain), and several times messing up the enclosures on the hillside where 27 was. I reckon 25 wasn't where it was mapped but further E, I was running on a compass bearing only for a short distance and ended up as far from the control as I have ran from the trail, also I strongly suspect 24 was on the knoll NNW to the one it was mapped on.
I have made mistakes elsewhere too though, including #3 which was a total mess on my part, first veering off to the right, then doing a long curve back ending up was too W on the road adjacent to the control, losing almost a minute this early on.
Anyway not under control for enough of the course to be competitive, having lost about 5-6 minutes just on these.
On top of this though, physically just wasn't in the right place to be competitive, I guess the 30k training Friday afternoon wasn't really conducive for my muscles to be in a racing mood today. Nevertheless it is a race I had to run (together with the Blue) to get the distances and get ready.
Orienteering (Blue) 1:06:15*** 8.0 km (8:17 / km) +59m7:59 / km ahr:147 max:162 spiked:27/27c shoes: VJ iRock 2016
Ran the Blue course to get the distance in, non-competitive as well after the Brown.
8th/67 but this really does not mean anything, because on the one hand I already knew where a good chunk of the controls were, but also was only jogging around so never pushed (as visible from the HR), but wanted to at least maintain a running tempo.
I was really cold initially and almost gave up on my stupid idea after a few controls, but then just kept on going and in the end I glad that I did, as I could finish the course, ending up with another half marathon distance in my legs (plus the toughness of the terrain).
Speaking of which, as I got tired in the second half I did manage to kick rootstocks and brashings with both feet in quick succession, which did not help my toes and in fact I did say a farewell with my big toenail finally that I injured back on the last day of last year.