Run race ((orienteering)) 44:00  *** 4.8 km (9:10 / km) +190m 7:39 / km
Hopefully this will be my worst run of the year - I certainly wouldn't want to post anything else as bad as this. Got off to a bad start when I realised at the last minute I hadn't cleared my SI stick and missed the start by a few seconds, not that it mattered as much as it normally would in a pack race because it was quickly obvious that my body was not up to the task of running fast today (or doing anything much out of the ordinary, come to think of it). Perhaps worse, I never got into the map, featureing rather vague gully-spur and lots of termite mounds and lantana, at all - didn't spike any of the first three but escaped without much time loss, but then dropped 4-5 minutes on a major parallel error at 4, whereupon my running and my navigation descended into a negative feedback loop. Hoped that picking up my second map might improve my enthusiasm but it didn't, and when I missed the first control of that, too, I decided I'd had enough and couldn't face the prospect of 2 hours plus, much as I hated the idea of letting the team down (it probably only cost us one point in the end as we wouldn't have had a full team anyway thanks to Bruce's injury).
This was a very disappointing effort - the lack of energy makes me wonder if I'm getting sick, although it was a day you needed to be up for and I clearly wasn't.