Run race ((orienteering)) 1:17:13  *** 6.0 km (12:52 / km) +170m 11:16 / km
The wheels came off in a big way today. Started off all right (in fact I was in front at #2), but then unwisely tried to crash a section of native bush on the way to 3 and couldn't work out what was what in the green. Ended up bailing out to the track and dropped 4 minutes or so. Worse was to come on 6, which should have been one of the easier controls (first leg back into the open forest), but I drifted a bit, crossed a track (presumably covered by pine needles) without noticing it, and found myself on the way to a massive parallel error looking in the wrong block of forest. Eventually bailed out to the track to the northeast to confirm what I'd started to suspect (i.e. that I was about 600 metres from where I thought I was), and to add insult to injury blew a minute in the circle coming back in. Probably 13 minutes dropped there, my worst mistake in close to a decade.
Having started out with a 10-minute break on third there was still potentially an overall result to salvage. Unsurprisingly I struggled for confidence and dropped another 1.30 on the low-visibility 10, bumbled around through the 14-16 section but managed to hit the actual controls OK, and was slow enough running to the last control that Winsplits thinks it was a mistake. Think I managed to hang onto second, but haven't seen a set of overall results to confirm. Carsten did 52; over this weekend I've generally been about 10% behind him (apart from today), which I'll be pleased to replicate in Denmark (although he's coming off an injury). My wayward compass work today is something I'll want to get sorted out before Europe, though.
Although we missed the worst of the rain (drove through some downpours coming home), it was still wet most of the way, with occasional thunder, and very dark - hard to read the map in some of the denser forest.
As I sometimes do on planes, I was working on some old results on the way back, specifically the 1996 Australian Relays. This featured an interesting showdown on leg 2 of M/W12 - Julian Dent versus Hanny Allston.