Orienteering race 1:39:17  *** 16.32 km (6:05 / km) +553m 5:12 / km
shoes: Inov-8 X-Talon 212
Long day of Easter. Was feeling confident that my heart was going to be good today and it was. Happy with 1 but made a right mess of 2. Ran straight over some rock surfaces without recognising them, only realised I was off course when I jumped down a cliff and thought "that really should be mapped". Knew where I must be straight away but then overshot badly when trying to correct and took a bit longer to work it out the second time. I think my brain might have still been in 1:15,000 mode despite having actually checked the scale on the map as I picked it up.
Decided to take the direct approach to 3 going between the cliffs, below the big boulders, over the rock surface with a cliff and across to the rock surface on the next spur. Noticed a control on the first rock surface and thought it was a bit close to mine so I checked the number and was surprised to find it was mine. Pretty sure it was wrong but after my effort on 2 I didn't want to jump to conclusions. Graham confirmed my suspicions when I passed him a bit later.
No problems with the rest of the course. Could see Bruce up ahead on the way to 4 and could tell he had pulled away from me a bit. Didn't see him again until 23 where I saw him leaving as I approached. I thought the gap was about the 2 minutes he started ahead of me and it turns out I punched 23 one second ahead of him. Tried to push hard on the next couple of legs but I was starting to tire a bit and really struggled on the last longer leg after the fence crossing losing 35 seconds to Bruce.
Happy with the run overall and would have been 6th on the day but it all meant nothing in the end as the course was cancelled due to 3 being wrong so instead of moving up to 7th overall I stay in 15th.