Orienteering race 35:02  *** 5.85 km (5:59 / km) +173m 5:13 / km
spiked:22/34c shoes: Inov8 X Talon 212 (4)
British Middle Champs
I felt confident going into this. Middle is normally my best discipline, I have been running well and Cannock Chase suites me. However, things went badly wrong. Felt really strong running but my brain was thinking too much about running fast and not spiking controls.
First three were fine but then small errors of 5-10s on 4, 5, and 6 should have acted as warning signs that I needed to take a little more care for a couple of controls. Got on the wrong spur at 7 and panicked when the control didn't appear (lost 1:50), then tried overcompensating on 8 and a bad bearing and things not fitting resulted in another 90s mistake. Only worked out where I was exactly when a spotted Murray heading to 9 (two minute man, train missed). Knew I had to catch Murray to stand any chance of a podium (though suspected it was already over) so pace only got quicker and lost a few more seconds on 9.
Started settling down a litle more after this, pace was good but orienteering slightly better but the odd few second errors were still creeping in. Spotted Murray ahead dropping down to 15 and increased speed again to try and real him in. Gap remained at about 10-15s (hard to keep in sight with all the bracken) until I took a higher line to 19 which turned to be a good deal quicker and got ahead; but then ended up lower than expected an took 10s or so to work out what I had done; this bought us together. 10s or so lost at 20 running to the wrong control.
Visualisation was poor at 24 stopped to take in more details, saw a control, ran to it, not ours, crap, where is it? Murray looked more confident in where he was going and realised I just need to go a bit further originally - another 40s or so. Murray then went off his bearing to 25 and I was back ahead before screwing up 29 (30s). Another small miss at 30 and banana into 33 keeping on Murray's tail into the finish. Fair to say neither of us were navigating too well.