Run race ((orienteering)) 1:05:50  **** 6.2 km (10:37 / km) +190m 9:12 / km
First day of the Queensland Championships at the Cascades - always an area worth coming to, and always a serious challenge. This was a long distance style course rather than a middle, so longer legs - not a lot of major route choice (it's not that sort of area), but you can't let your concentration slip for a moment.
I let my concentration slip once, at 5 - lulled into a false sense of security by bare rock near the control. Dropped perhaps 2 minutes there. Otherwise, it was a steady run without a lot of pace or aggression, with only minor wobbles on 7 and 11. Mark Nemeth caught me 4 minutes at 8; I knew I wasn't going to be able to outrun him so the only way I was going to beat him was if he made a mistake and I slipped through, so not worth staying with him. (This strategy sort of worked, but his mistake was only enough for me to re-catch him, and we finished together).
Mark did 61 and a visiting Swede 60. Belinda did 59 (the only person between 14s and 65s to break the hour) and Bridget 61 on the same course. I haven't seen full results yet but suspect they will have a long tail.
I knew I was in rural Queensland when I saw a One Nation billboard coming into Warwick. Thought that Warwick might have brought me undone when a roll I bought there contained some rather undercooked chicken, but nothing's happened yet (for good measure I caught a finger in a rubbish bin flap). Those with long memories will recall that I have some history with eating misadventures on Queensland Championships weekends in this part of the world.