Orienteering (urban) race (Narrogin SHS) 19:21*** 3.67 km (5:16 / km) ahr:168 max:178 spiked:12/19c shoes: Salomon Speedtrax black/yellow
Australian Sprint Champs, M40A (first time acting my age in a sprint)
Course was a bit longer than I like for sprints, and I would have loved 1:3000, but I did enjoy it immensely. Great to have a sprint at Narrogin with no other runners around.
Jokes aside though, I had a pretty horrific run and I think my brain switched off very early, probably right at the point that Simmo told me the controls probably weren't awake (I was first runner on the course, was originally billed as last M40 but got put ahead of everyone after volunteering on starts) which I soon found out was indeed the case when the first control needed to be woken up, along with about 50% of the controls on my course. Didn't affect results in terms of time but didn't help my mindframe.
Seem to have nailed the first control, buggered up the second by reading too much OOB on the map and thusly avoided the cut through I could have taken - the short section that wasn't taped off should have triggered my brain into action. Turned in early twice on the way to #3 and at that stage I knew for certain I wasn't in the zone.
Poor route to #5 down and up the hill when I failed to see the gates mapped on the car park option and figured I'd have to go around (although would have avoided any climb). Total brain fade to #6 by going into the bush after I thought I passed my left hand track turn off, then the extremely short leg 8-9 I ran out of the depression that #8 was in and straight back into it rather than the one south of it. Stupid.
Compounded my errors by going to #13 before #12, hesitated briefly on the way to #16 then ran a short way into OOB just next to #17 before realising and backing out (it was taped on the far side but not the near side and looked exactly like the rough open right next to it).
After I finished my run I predicted a winning time of 17mins in my category and I was almost spot on with that. I also predicted that I would not make the podium but I just snuck on, 8sec ahead of Matt Cohen in an otherwise tiny field.
All in all a shithouse run and doesn't instill me with any desire to go to Oceania later in the year when I could stay in WA and do a 50km MTB race instead as part of the XCM series (of which I should be able to make 4 of 5 races), which I shouldn't muck up.
We did stop off at the chicken place in Bridgetown on the way to Northcliffe for dinner and I chatted with a woman customer there about orienteering. They were having a birthday celebration and had too much cake so gave us some, fortuitous since it was my birthday two days later!