Orienteering race (Brown) 1:26:05  *** 9.85 km (8:44 / km) +456m 7:06 / km
spiked:24/24c shoes: VJ iRock
Tough course physically - perfect prep for the JK (and a confirmation that I am NOT ready).
Left the Garmin at home so have to rely on a Strava track!
Great area, quite different from the New Forest, in parts reminded me of the typical hills and forests in Hungary (except for the fell areas at the top).
Also it was (for a long time) the first decent chance (and a lot of that) to practice contouring - something I have definitely a lot to practice. It also was a confirmation that my iRock is a half size too big - especially a problem when contouring, and probably why the blister on the bottom of my foot from last week came back halfway in.
Not too many mistakes and most of those were relatively small:
#3 Contoured to slightly under the control, but expected it so checked my position relative to the fence corner and corrected back up - probably lost about 20 sec
#6 Just slightly unsure and ended up to the right of the control, but again was safely in the circle and corrected relative to the nearby small tree - probably lost about 15 sec
#11 Went too high up to look at a pit that wasn't mapped, a stupid mistake as I knew it wasn't on the right bearing, earlier than expected AND there was someone running ahead on the right bearing. Lost about 20 sec
#15 Long leg, decided to run straight and over the hill, after all this was a designated hills training session for me. In theory, that is. In practice, I died on the hill and couldn't run it, likely would have been about 2-3 minutes faster to run around mostly on paths and with about 35m less climb based on the contours.
#18 Got dragged slightly downhill near the control by an unmapped path, relocated and found the control in time but lost about 20 sec
#21 The biggest single mistake, overtaken by a guy and wasn't precise enough, overshot the control above it, to the platform near the fence, corrected but lost about 1:20
#23 Tried to be cautious not dropping too early, which meant I was too high and had to take a sharp left - about 30 sec
So all together about 3 min (not counting the route choice time loss), but lost a lot more on the running speed, especially uphill. Besides the overall fitness and speed question, surely last nights Night League effort took quite a bit out, legs felt tired already on the warm-up. Well, just have to push through this now!