Orienteering (bush) race (Easter prologue) 24:21  ** 3.86 km (6:19 / km) +69m 5:48 / km
spiked:15/20c shoes: Salomon XT Wings asphalt/yello
The Common; 1:5000 2.8km 110m
Calf was still a little bit sore today after the needling on Tuesday so not sure what my running was going to be like. Needn't have worried since my nav was pretty dismal. Well to be fair it was pretty dismal on about three controls but they were big errors.
For starters I made an error on the way to the first and had no idea where I was. My 1 minute starter (Ian Lawford) got there before I did so I found it that way but then he went on to mispunch the course, the only one in our field so it was a good thing I didn't follow him.
It wasn't until late in the course, around the 7th control, that I noticed vegetation marked on the map (i.e. white and scattered trees), which is a common problem with me when I haven't been orienteering for a while so I made use of that instead of just contours and rock surfaces. I was okay from 1 through to 9 but then on the way to #10 we had to pass near the assembly area and I completely ballsed that up, ran across a track without noticing and overshot #10 by a long way. Got lost just passed it, eventually found #17 and found my way back from there.
The worst of my problems weren't over when #11 was back through the assembly area and I got to the edge of it (assembly wasn't marked on the map :-( ) and couldn't read the terrain so went back the way I came even though my control was on the other side of assembly and I'd made a point of looking at it beforehand - it was a spectator control. Ashamed from there on in but I had a good run to the finish.
I don't know what it is with me and spectator controls but I just completely blow them and those two pretty much destroyed my time today. Probably has something to do with having to run through unmapped people. Hopefully there won't be any for the rest of the week.