Middle Distance race at Leith Hill. So I learnt nothing from yesterday - I'm guessing I made close to 20 minutes worth of mistakes. The majority of the course was control picking through some complex earthworks. I guess it's been a while in real technical stuff, but I had no game. No concentration, no planning, no sense of direction. Like I said on the last log, I've focussed so much on fitness that I forgot about the other part of orienteering. Quick run down of the course:
#2: Easy leg, went straight to the large thicket the control was on, ran 80% around it before deciding it was the wrong one. 3 minutes later was 5m further around punching the control.
#4: Moderate leg. Just ran off in the general direction with no plan. Hit the track before the detail with no idea where I was and ran round for a couple of minuted before I located myself.
#s 5, 6, 12, 13 & 16. Ran to the circle and on the off chance I'd see the control and didn't.
21 & 22: Easy controls at the end of the course. Checked out wasn't even running in the right direction at this point.
Pretty low after I'd finished, was starting to convince myself I had no business in this sport, or at least running Elites. Although I wasn't last, being almost double the winners time isn't good for anyones ego.
Snowed and hailed for most of the course. Wasn't so bad cause it didn't settle. Freezing cold in the finish, could only remember 3 events in Tassie ever being that cold.
If you want a laugh: