Orienteering race (BUCS) 1:25:26  *** 10.69 km (8:00 / km) +170m 7:24 / km
ahr:178 max:190 spiked:20/31c slept:6.0 shoes: Gym Trainers
The BUCS Championships at Esher - running before helping out at the start. My first orienteering race for six weeks or so - and it showed. I messed up the short start leg comprehensively, wasting three minutes on a one minute leg. I was a little smoother after then, making small mistakes in the very fast area, until near the end when it all went really wrong. My decision to wear a baselayer was a bad one - I started to overheat quite a lot and kept having to stop running to cool down, from around control 14. At this point, I was around a minute ahead of Jon M, who had started a minute behind me, so all was good. But it wasn't until after control 23 that I took off the layer. Immediately felt much cooler (and better) but then preceded to make several large mistakes in the tricky, technical part of Oxshott Common. First, I approached the spectator control from an odd angle. I then took a poor (i.e. just ran) approach to the next control, which was very tricky, in an area of broken ground. I also missed the next, and then Control 29 was my worst of all. I got lost on the way, and ended up at a junction with no idea where I was - and worse, seemingly no way to relocate. Every time I ran, I was unable to line up the map and compass, and kept thinking that I was just running in the wrong direction. Eventually managed to sort myself out and proceeded up to the top of the hill (!).
Ended up 14 minutes behind Jon - essentially, I should have been able to keep up with him, so should have been doing low-70s.
After finishing, helped out at the start, then came back to watch the really good people finishing, some with highly impressive times.