Orienteering race (NOL Long) 1:40:43  17.2 km (5:51 / km) +730m 4:50 / km
At Burngoogee near Wagga, came 4th. In hindsight not really the performance I needed at this stage, finishing 10:07 behind Simon (ouch)!! I reckon half of that down to me being a muppet and half down to him running a blinder. A race of three thirds for me - first half an hour was terrible with big mistakes at #2, #3, #7, #10 and #11. Going straight on #6 might have cost me 20secs or so too. Just didn't really get into the map or adapt to the green. So I was 5mins down already.
But the next half an hour was pretty good with Robert Bennett in tow - lost a bit on #15 and #17, and a fair bit on #20 getting stuck in blackberries. But generally cleaner and feeling ok.
Road option to #22 seemed to be ok from the splits and I was clean round the final controls but physically popped after the big hill, which was very disappointing. So I haemorrhaged another 3mins in the final half hour and dropped behind Tomas and David (Swede). Oh well.
Hope to be feeling a bit fresher in three weeks and two days. I'll need to find the energy to race for an extra 20mins or so and the softness will make it tough. But this was tough in its own way and I wasn't really rested for it. And running and reading a map at the same time felt much more natural this weekend than it has done all year. So overall net confidence probably increased slightly from the weekend.