Orienteering (bush) (Tisvilde Hegn) 51:34  *** 4.18 km (12:20 / km) +63m11:28 / km spiked:11/13c shoes: Salomon Fellraiser black/blue
WMOC forest model event
Knee wasn't feeling overly spectacular so I walked the suggested course investigating the mapping. I think I may be best avoiding the green tomorrow and maybe even the white if it can be helped. Light green seemed to vary from open to slow whereas the other two greens were best avoided completely and I wouldn't even bother trying to find the narrow rides.
Didn't have any major dramas other than going off course and then heading the wrong way down a track to 3 although I figured that out quickly then I got distracted by an old guy on the way to the final control who looked like he had no idea what he was doing but I headed for him anyway and turns out my initial assumption was correct so I missed it by a good 50m.
Knee felt awful for the whole thing so will have to tape it tomorrow and hope for the best, which at this rate won't be much. Seems the past two days it held out just long enough to get me through the sprints.
Went to the nearby tourist trap kiosk afterwards looking for ice cream but decided that $7 for an ice cream scoop or $8 for a milkshake was excessive even by holiday standards (especially after yesterday's daylight shakedown at the cafe... where the woman had never even made an iced chocolate before we came along!) Walked into town and bought a packet of 6 Mars Bar ice creams for the equivalent of about $5 instead. Win.
The buses for the events haven't been overly kind to us. Yesterday's last bus from the EC got us to the sprint final at three hours before my start (and sitting around on the concrete slabs for two hours wasn't the greatest motivator). Tomorrow's first bus will get me there more than two hours before my start but the second bus isn't until two hours later and will be too close to leave it to chance so looks like we're getting there early. The third (and final) bus is at 10:30 and with last starts at 12:20 (it's a 45 minute trip), I'm not entirely sure how many people will be opting for that one.
Decided I should probably go for a ride given how early we got back from the model event so took off around the big lake (after first putting sealant in my rear tyre given it was almost completely flat, not sure how or why as I'm pretty sure I filled it in NZ back in April). Didn't have a map around that one for all of it so went out without one and tried to find as many trails as I could. There is an actual "MTB rute" (more like MTB root with all the trees) along the south side although it's difficult to follow as the signs only seem to appear intermittently with double the number of 'no bike' signs along the way so it was hard to know where I was and wasn't allowed to go (I ended up ignoring those). Hit several dead ends and rode back on myself on more than one occasion.
The lake seemed more irregularly shaped that I thought and after almost two hours I was beginning to question exactly where I was and how long it was going to take to get back when I checked my Garmin breadcrumb trace to realise I was less than a kilometre from the Arena and even on the right road to get there, amazing!
Twinged the right knee when I was looking for the anti-inflammatory tablets after dinner and that was a lot of fun so should be a laugh tomorrow.