Orienteering race 51:06  6.3 km (8:07 / km)
ahr:166 max:177 shoes: Brooks Cascadia 4 (Tractors)
Had an even worse nights sleep with girls tag-teaming us. While lying awake though kept returning to the thought that I was going to run aggressive today and run well and that team would too. Got to assembly area for Hoggster (1st leg runner) to advise me his calf was shot and Muzza (2nd leg) announce he had never run this hungover. So much for my premonitions!
Hoggster and Muzza did their jobs well without something unexpected happening (like us being in the top 3 or coming last after a horrendous mistake).
Waiting for Muzza and watching spectator control I was pretty sure I would be running on my own however glanced across the assembly to see Wazza taking off his jacket and pointing at me. I stared him down but figured I was going to have to run well to hold him off. And I'd have to say, ruining the suspense for my reader, that I did. Ran pretty straight, more aggresively than yesterday and with the odd glance for Wazza along the way. Past a few people but they all seemed like M20s and it turned out they were. Got to the spectator with no sight of Waz and figured correctly I was going to be ok. Turned out he started in the mass start and ran a minute or two faster than me but certainly didnt get close. Felt really physically strong through the terrain today and didnt fade. Not sure where this comes from - maybe my bike riding? little bit of terrain running? Not sure but I was pretty pleased with that given had run 2hr race the day before.
Enjoyed the orienteering although the weather made family life at O a bit less fun. Thats the end of my serious O for the year as not going to Masters. Finished with enthusiasm and keeneness although not sure when my next serious comp will be as helping at Easter next year and I think SA might be a bit far and expensive for the family. We'll see. Thanks to organisers, course setters and volunteers for carnival which for mine was well run on some terrific terrain. Special thanks to Uncle Jim as every time I saw him during the week he looked like he was running on stress with no sleep.
Running warm up/down 10:00  2.0 km (5:00 / km)
shoes: Brooks Cascadia 4 (Tractors)
Minimal pre-race prancing today and no warm down whatsoever.