Orienteering race (bush) 1:39:01  *** 14.03 km (7:03 / km)
spiked:20/23c shoes: Mudclaw 333
Long distance state championships at Frazzle Rock. Set off at a conservative pace as I was a bit worried about the distance and forecasted heat. Saw Fletch, who had started 2 minutes in front of me, at #3, but like him I couldn't find the control for a while. It turns out that Komy, who had started 2 minutes behind me, passed me there. Slightly overshot #6, but fine for the rest through the open country.
I was a bit worried about the two laps of the hill (#13-#21), because at Easter last year I couldn't make much sense of that part of the map at all. That was one reason I took the long way around to #13, but I needn't have worried, because the map made sense to me all the way this time. Caught Komy at #13. We both spent a bit of time looking for #15 and after that I lost him. Surprisingly, I was still feeling strong at the end of the course; a big difference with the day before.
Came fifth, 9 minutes behind tRicky and 3 minutes in front of Juffy. Happy with that. One of my best bush runs ever, maybe because there wasn't a whole lot of actual bush, but still. Still plenty of gains to be made though through smoother nav and simply being fitter.