Run ((orienteering)) 32:10  **** 4.0 km (8:03 / km) +60m 7:29 / km
Coming up on three days in a row was a bit beyond me at this stage - struggling badly with the running today, and might not have spent much time out had I not thought that the technical training would be valuable even at relatively low speed.
David Poland caught me at 5 (or, to be more precise, recaught me after losing a fair bit of time at 4). After the initial shock of realising he was outrunning me today wore off, this was actually very useful training - trying to stay ahead of someone who's faster than you, but not as precise, in technical terrain places a premium on eliminating the 5-10 second wobbles that are easy to accept but add up to a fair bit over a course with a lot of controls. That side of things, at least, I was happy with, with the only time loss (apart from some hesitation on 1) being a 15-seconder at the second-last.
This wasn't a day where anyone was going flat out. Fastest time when I left was 27 (Stefano), but I expect Matt Crane will have gone into the low 20s.
The occasional backdrop of aircraft noise might have been an annoyance to some but it's what's saved Pittwater for orienteering. Some of you will know that we (mostly OT, but OA provided support where it could) were doing some fairly vigorous lobbying three or four years back over a proposal to build a golf course which would have wiped out most of the good orienteering parts of the peninsula. As it turned out, the golf course was approved, but the associated residential development was not (largely because the airport successfully argued that it would jeopardise its curfew-free status), and without the residential development the golf course almost certainly isn't financially viable.
Despite the results, I do take a fair bit of encouragement from this weekend - getting through it was the first step, and I also feel as if I've got some confidence back about navigating in dunes that had been shredded in NZ last year, which will do no harm in a few weeks' time.