Orienteering race 46:01  **** 5.0 km (9:12 / km)
shoes: Inov8 x talon 212 #3
Aus middle. Absolute shocker.
Super keen before the start for today. after climbing up the hill to #1 I couldn't really make the map fit to the ground very well and ended up in the boulders to the left of the control. not a huge time loss here but wasn't great for confidence. climbed a bit out of #1 on the way to #2 and it all went wrong here. looking at it afterwards I didn't really have a good attackpoint and again I struggled to make the map fit the ground. having pretty much lost contact I bounced around off several other controls that weren't mine. eventually whilst trying to relocate I found #3 and was able to get #2 from there, although still not cleanly. almost 5 mins gone straight away and steve had caught and passed me. chased him down for the next few controls, missed #5, probably another 30 secs here, then thought I needed to climb a bit to #7. ended up way too high, lost another minute and steve was gone. not a happy chappy at this point and wanted to run hard to make up but the terrain was holding me back. got the next few ok with only a few small misses and could see a glimpse of blue up ahead every now and then. caught steve on the downhill to #14 and then ran with him to #17 where we both missed it a little. got a little ahead to #18 then decided that I would risk going straight to #19 and hope I could power up the hill. worked reasonably well although I walked a lot of the hill, hesitant into #19 but got it ok. felt better about the course now but still a little hesitant to #21, especially because I knew you could see it from the arena. good finish after that.
disappointed with my start and the inability to get my head into the rock detail, but happy with how I managed to improve as the course went on. really seem to struggle with granite hillsides. finished well down today. would have been stoked with 40mins. hopefully the relay tomorrow goes better!