Orienteering race 41:43  *** 6.5 km (6:25 / km) +230m 5:27 / km
spiked:19/23c shoes: Salomon Speedcross
Only 2nd 'o' race of the year, and the first individual race so was always going to be a bit of a test to see if i could still navigate! Had an early start due to not really racing last year, so was off with the vets. Unfortunately this meant there weren't many tracks in the forest so i had to barge through all the undergrowth which has left rather a lot of scratches on my legs.
Went off faster than i wanted but had a bit of banter with Jules in the start lane so tried to catch him as early as poss. Caught him on the way to #3, but my nav wasn't too hot as i wasn't planning ahead at all. Led to a big mistake at #11 where i didn't check my direction out of control and headed SW instead of W. 1 min lost. Didn't get the best route to #17 and lost another minute byt trying to go straight rather than round the path! Got pretty tired going over the hills to #18, then massive mistake at #19. Got into the re-entrant fine, but didn't see the pit or control. Ran around for a bit, then thought i must be in the smaller re-entrant before so headed off N. Realised that i must have been right to start with and went back but still couldn't see control. Headed down towards path and still no sight of it. Turned around and there it was, grrr...2 mins lost.
Ran hard from there to the end and made up a bit of time but not enough to make up for mistakes. 4 mins lost, not great, but not bad considering i've only orienteered 3 times in 8 months.
Wonder how much quicker it would have been if i'd have started in the seeded block a couple of hrs after i did.