Teering (Sprint Series) 19:55  **** 3.91 km (5:06 / km) +46m 4:49 / km
(injured) shoes: Inov8 XTalon 190
Gladesville Hospital. Ran well - cold is still there but not affected too much, so no "ill" tick. Very good course which exposed a flaw in my technique. For many years now I've tended to take controls one at a time and left very little for planning ahead. Particularly in sprint events I concentrate on really picking up the speed after punching and running hard. Well that failed today. I had the direction planned to 6 on the way to 5 but after a few steps looking for a way through it became apparent there wasn't one and it was left or right, both fairly complex. I took the easier option right, but that was significantly longer (20 seconds +). Again failed to properly look at the exit from 8 and didn't get the straight ahead short cut (20 seconds). But worse was to come.
Running to 10 I saw there was a long leg coming up and planned to go left. 10 was in a dark, dark wood and I turned the flag inside out to try and find the SI unit. It wasn't there so I began hunting for it. Eventually after what appeared like 30 seconds (probably 5) Ross Barr turned up and pointed it out to me on the ground. I punched and ran off: to 12. So, the panic induced caused me to drop the ball, but the underlying problem was the lack of a plan to get 11.
So, another mp which makes 3 in just over a year after none in the previous 20. Still, happy with the physical effort and underlying speed.