Orienteering (State Long Champs) 1:34:30  12.6 km (7:30 / km)
shoes: x-talon 190
Started conservatively and pretty cleanly. Happy with my route to 2, clean through 3 and ran steadily across the long leg to 4. Took the 'safer' track option to 5, but I think the previous track run caught up with my brain and I was a little hesitant leaving the track and into the control. Clean and safe through to the drinks stop at about 9, but then, after seeing Ivan (who had been on my tail since before 4), I made a series of small errors from 10-13, not helped by having lost much of the rock detail in the circle on 12.
Was executing 13 fine, but lost track of how far I'd come across the side of the hill and was just committing to heading into the control when Henry came bolting down the hill (+10 min). Bugger. Through 13, then the map change and across to 15 with Henry clear, but in sight. I committed to a serious lift in effort here, knowing that I had run the first half conservatively, was still feeling OK (much better than yesterday) and could definitely crack Ivan on the long leg. Kept track of where I was well, but having Henry in front helped me pick cleaner lines, and when he hesitated on the knoll just before the control, I was right back on his heels. Didn't last though, as he dropped me heading to 17 and I was a little scrappy heading into the control circle.
Clean, but back to my solo plod pace from 18-22, then had a brain fade heading to 23, Thought I knew where I was crossing the track, but may not have, and went for a random wander before fortunately relocating off 24 and bolting back. Clean to the finish, aware that I hadn't seen Craig, but also aware that I had probably lost my chance at 23. He duly came through the finish just after me, but then kept running - still had the short last loop to do, and I snuck into 3rd.
Happy enough with my run. Would have been really happy with 5 minutes quicker and Henry got me by 17, Tomas by 14. Says a lot for where my running was at for the weekend. Slightly disappointing given how my running was going through to June, but it has been pretty hit and miss ever since,