Orienteering race 41:52  5.0 km (8:22 / km) +240m 6:45 / km
(sick) shoes: VJ Sticky
Aus Middle Champs at the Gib near Bungendore, 15th overall, 10th Aussie and 6:42 down on Matt Crane. I tried to put the cold out of my mind, focus on my goal and go hard. I started nervously and carefully on the first control, but spiked it, albeit slowly and had a good run through to #6, picking up the pace where I felt able. I was actually in 6th place at this point and a minute down, most of which (40s) came from the the first control. A bad attack on #7 cost 15s and started my slide through the places. Was pretty clean from here through to #14 (lost a little time being slow and uncertain on #10, a fairly straight forward contouring leg), and passed Greg Barbour. I lost focus a bit here and didn't read #15 well enough. I spiked it but left myself a big climb into the control and really struggled to keep moving up. Took a bit of a safe and lazy option on #17, coming in the back of the control circle, which I think cost me 30s and then slogged slowly up the hill to #18 - I had no strength left for the hills and rocks. At this point I was in 10th, 3min down. I wasted some time making up my mind which route to take to #19, eventually deciding on going around to the left, figuring I was best off sticking to open running. Attacking the control from this direction turned out to be difficult and I lost contact in the last 150m. I got it fairly directly but it was slow and I dropped 2:17 on Matt on this leg, probably a minute lost. I then mucked up the tiny next leg after misreading the map and dropped another minute. Was fine then to the finish.
I was happy with this run given the virus but still disappointed that those errors crept in and I lost my good early placing.