Orienteering race 1:34:02  15.13 km (6:13 / km)
shoes: Inov8 x talon 212 #3
NSW long. Pretty warm Newcastle day. Really went out and attacked this course today. Was off to a flying start and hit all the first few controls well. Went straight on the long leg and kept a reasonable pace up the whole way but blew it a bit by losing maybe 90 secs at the end trying to find the ditch. That was my only real error for the day though. Began to tire throught the hills of 11,12,13 and was deseperate for a drink, although I had to wait until 16 for that. Had a drink and gel there but was too late, I never really improved from there and the last quarter of the course was desperately slow as I just tried to hold out to the finish. Wasn't in the best state when i finished but a few cups of water sorted that out. Ended up 2nd again behind shep, but by 6 and a half minutes this time. Will be interested to see splits to see how much time I dropped towards the end. Next weeks long is 2km further than today's so it's looking like a struggle too.
edit: looking at the splits i was matching shep at least until control 11 and then began to leak time after that, especially leading up and just after #16 when i was desperate for water and a gel. so fairly happy with that pace but a pity i couldn't keep it up, probably a result of not that many longer runs this year.