Run race ((orienteering)) 37:26  *** 4.9 km (7:38 / km) +85m 7:02 / km
WMOC middle final, 54th. A pretty satisfying run. I'd feared the worst when I had a stiff back in the morning (but knew that that doesn't necessarily mean problems on the run), and didn't feel great in the warm-up either, but was OK on the running side once I actually started. The key, though, was the navigation, and that was the side that went well - only three very minor wobbles (probably not more than 15 seconds apiece), in a terrain type (lots of controls on point features in light green without much definition in the contours) that I've often struggled in historically. Tired a bit at the end and my 1- and 2-minute men, whom I'd just seen, blew me away in the chute (a critical time gain for the former), but had to be reasonably satisfied with my run at my current level.
The next step was to see if it would be enough to keep me in the A for the long - which meant I needed to finish ahead of 20 people. For a while this looked like it would be fairly tight, but a few blowouts and mispunches at the sharp end of the start list meant it was fairly comfortable in terms of places, if not time (7 places, but only about 50 seconds).
This race was won in a rather frightening 25 minutes.