Run race ((orienteering)) 1:35:05  **** 6.5 km (14:38 / km) +285m 12:00 / km
Others had a more epic day than me but this was still pretty epic, and took me beyond my current capabilities. Didn't get off to a great start with a faceplant jogging to the start, then once on the course itself got off to a worse start, blowing 4-5 minutes on the short #2 - couldn't make the contours fit and thus couldn't make the rock fit (looking at the splits I was not alone in this). Settled after that to some extent; did the next two downhill legs well, got the route choices right on the key long legs (although I lost a bit of time in the circle at #7) while not being able to execute very fast, but by #11 I had used all that I had, and the last few controls were a real struggle (losing another couple of minutes on #12 didn't help). Did at least manage to jog the uphill finish chute, which was not something I'd been especially confident of.
Somehow I moved up a place with this, although that owed more to what was happening elsewhere (Matt Stocks blew 30 minutes on the first control and ended up 10 behind me). Jock did 67; comparing his times with 2015 (and making some allowances for the passing years) suggests that the area's probably 1 min/km or so slower than it was in 2015. Not sure that entirely accounts for results like those in W21E though (won in 110, with only three under 140).
I felt as if I'd used up all my reserves today, and that was demonstrated in some style during the Orienteering Australia AGM, when I got a fairly major cramp in my quad while delivering the President's report (which will be my last; I stepped down at this meeting). The quads still don't feel good this evening and I'll want a night's rest to do them a lot of good if I'm going to get round tomorrow, although tomorrow should be a bit less rugged than today.