Run race ((orienteering)) 1:06:47  *** 6.0 km (11:08 / km) +310m 8:51 / km
NOL middle on Isaacs Ridge. Not strong enough to cope with a physical course - I guess I shouldn't be too surprised that if I've barely run a hill in training in 6 months then I'm not going to be much good on them in a race.
Steady through the first six - surprised that Grace caught me so quickly when I was catching Rachel, but this turned out to be because she'd taken an unwitting short cut - then made a bit of a mess of trying to pick the green on 7 and ended up about 4 contours below it, losing a minute or so. Also dropped about 30 seconds overshooting 11, a control site created by Australia's most determined car dumper. (Winsplits shows me losing time on 8 and 9 too, but I think I was just really slow across the rocky slopes). By this time the big guns were going through me - Craney, Brodie and Ian (not for the first time, I was a bad influence on Brodie who made a mistake as soon as he caught sight of me) - and I'd seen Simon on the crossover and knew that I wasn't going to achieve one of my pre-race targets, defending 20 minutes on him. Dropped down to the track for the long leg, figuring that since I was going to be walking any significant climb I might as well do it as steeply as possible. Held it together technically for the rest of the course, but didn't enjoy climbing almost all the way back up the slope on the final loop (evidently I wasn't alone in this because 23, a leg I barely ran on, was almost my best split of the day).
The good news is that my hamstring, which was sore this morning when I got up, came through the race fine. I won't be able to work miracles in three weeks, but I do feel enough confidence now to add at least a bit of hills and a bit of "speed" to the mix in training.