Teering race (Sprint Series) 18:51  **** 3.43 km (5:29 / km) +63m 5:02 / km
spiked:17/22c weight:77kg shoes: Inov8 XTalon 190
Bicentennial Park, West Pymble. Okm 2.7. 10th. Found the hills tough. Took a while to find the start triangle and no. 1 (10 seconds) and by the time I did I had kind of stumbled on to the left hand route. Didn't see the right hand option which was 20 seconds faster, so by no. 1 I was 14th, 24 seconds behind the leader, Undy, with Shingo in 2nd place. Not sure about having such a decisive choice as the first one, but otherwise this was a very good course and map.
Lost 5 seconds on the fine navigation required for #4 and another 5-10 dithering about which way to go to #5. Went right to #12 and thought I was losing time, but it looks OK on the splits. In fact I had a pretty good run from 5 to 17, pulling up to 7th place. Lost that on the last hill up to to 18 and then was pushed off line to 19 (-5). Saved the worst for last with a terrible error on #20. Completely failed on the direction and lost 30 seconds searching the bush. A little bit of reading ahead instead of running at 3 mins per k (!) around the playground would have helped. Amazingly AP doesn't think I made a mistake on that one!