orienteering race (Manawarra long) 2:03:32  12.6 km (9:48 / km) +285m 8:48 / km
shoes: Asics Kayano 23
Needed a bit more of a strategy for this one than just "see how long I can hold Blair off 'cos he's starting 12 min behind me" because I managed to lose even more than 12 min on the 3rd control. Kinda knew that I didn't have a clear idea precisely where I'd crossed from the vague open area into the network of creeks, but didn't slow down to focus on the map properly (1:15 000 was hard to read in the fog even with my glasses) and foolishly thought my bearing would save me...after doing laps of vague hillsides and following up creeks in the green, eventually decided to bail out north to the fence and stumbled across my control on the way!
After that I was very slow & cautious and went through far more of the scratchy prickly green rough open than I otherwise would have, because I dared not lose map contact again, and I made no more mistakes but it did feel as though at least half of the course was in the crap stuff and not the lovely open native pines I'd come all this way to run through. By the end I was running out of energy and a bit demoralised, so rather than doing any hiking, spent the afternoon on a lovely tour chauffered by Geoff through Bunyeroo, Aroona, Brachina and Moralana valley, valley, gorge and drive before going to dinner at the restaurant at Wilpena (which we had never done before).