Orienteering (bush) race (Wonna Creek) 1:04:31  **** 6.6 km (9:47 / km) +300m 7:58 / km
spiked:17/25c shoes: Salomon XA Pro 3D yellow/green
Easter Day 1 (WRE)
Middle distance event on the rather complex gully systems at Wonna Creek. I had a fairly good run for the most part but this was once again spoiled by just a few controls, which cost me a truckload of time.
Hit the first cleanly then made a poor route choice decision to #2. Although I got to the control cleanly, I wasted time trying to go left around the big hill before realising right was easier and ended up going that way anyway.
Lost bucketloads of time on 3, 4 & 5 when I just couldn't make sense of the gullies, overshooting 3, mislocating myself on a track prior to 4 and just completely fluffing 5. When I eventually found 5, there was another elite there and he stopped to make a route choice decision, eventually taking the longer track option down the hill and around the bottom. I decided stuff that, since I'd just blown all my time and went straight line. Hit the control bang on and beat him, my first win for the day! Then proceeded to lead him to the next two. That's what I need more of - other competitors on my tail so that I can navigate better. Unfortunately I'm last starter in M21E tomorrow so not much chance of that.
Slight wobbles to 9 and 13 although led another Hongkian from 8-14 before I lost him and myself on the long leg to 15. Had to cross a few major gully systems and when I got to the one I wanted, I didn't have a clue where I was on it. Saw another Hongkian fanging it down the watercourse and incorrectly thought he was running from the control but turns out he must have done what I was about to do and went too high. Lost a lot of time before I went back the other way.
Had fun around the last 11 controls, hit them all relatively cleanly (other than 22, where I went a bit left into the wrong gully) but was getting very tired and the right calf had pulled up sore midway around so was hindering my progress. Didn't have many people left on the course behind me by that stage and got nowhere near my goal of 50 minutes, failing even to beat 1hr once more. Don't think I've managed it yet on day 1 of Easter.
 Oops, no that's a complete lie. This is in fact the first Easter Day 1 in which I've failed to beat 55 minutes, let along an hour. For shame.