Run race ((orienteering)) 1:05:40  *** 6.3 km (10:25 / km) +215m 8:54 / km
To say I went into this lacking confidence would be an understatement. Coming up on the last day of Easter hasn't got any easier, and I could hardly make myself move on my first attempt to warm up. I'd eventually got myself more or less mobile by the time I started, but it was quickly apparent that my back was in a jog on level-or-downhills-only mode. The gradual climbs and open paddocks of the first couple of kilometres of the course are the absolute last sort of terrain you want in that sort of situation, knowing that others are taking time out of you in large quantities; at least I was hitting all the controls OK.
At about 35-40 minutes, as it had at Kooyoora last weekend, my back decided to function, and from there it turned into a reasonable run. By then we were heading into the highly technical terrain, and I dropped a little time on #14 and #15 (a small mistake on #14 providing to be a way of inducing others into making a larger one), but from there it was pretty reasonable - didn't hurt that by then I knew I was actually going to finish. 6th on the day, just ahead of Matt Stocks and just behind Paul Marsh, but held my overall 4th position. (I haven't seen the splits yet but suspect that Matt may well have closed the gap to me before losing lots of time late).
I'd said before the start of this Easter that my main objective was to get through all the days, which I managed, more or less. Also gives me a bit of confidence that I might be able to stand a bit of a step up in the training load, which might or might not get me a bit more fitness for events ahead.