Orienteering race (Jwoc long) 1:40:10  **** 11.5 km (8:43 / km)
shoes: Inov8 x talon 212 #2
Jwoc long, 95th. 10th starter and was an early start to the day, was on the bus to pre start at 6:30am! Slept a bit on the bus then warmed up, had a gel, red bull, etc the usual. Fairly warm even that early in the morning ( the sun does rise at like 4:30am though).
Slow start, building into my race as usual. The terrain was all negative, with giant closed depressions to negotiate. Vegetation varied with about half the course in really fast white, some in light green, slower and a lot reduced visibility, and the other half in a mixture of either bright orange and dark green. Started in the white and was moving well early. Very long leg to 4, I tried straight, picking my way round depressions, got slingshotted off a few but corrected straight away, just ended up running a little further. Towards the end of this leg we entered the lightish green section and I made the mistake of leaving the tracks, and bashed slowly through some thick stuff. Not many controls in light green area ( had a drink and gel at 5) and the out to the open/dark green area. Sun was blazing down here and it was so warm with no shade. Had the looping section here and was still feeling ok, had even caught some people, although I never got lead into any controls. Getting ready to come back to the pivot/drink/ my next gel location and it all came unstuck.
Exit direction was probably slightly left coming out of the control and ended up running through the wrong depression gap, saw Brodie going the other way and got a little excited as he didn't seem too much further than 8mins in front. Bashed down to where the control should be, popped up the other side, damn this doesn't match. Realized I shouldnt have seen brodie as he was coming from a different angle from his control, and relocated. Tried to come in again but visibility was low and I was unsure. Relocated again, yep I know where I am, come in again, damn where's this control?! Relocated a 3rd time to a hill top, pretty much walked in this time and finally got it. Really frustrated as I'd already visited this control, and it was a manned drink station so there was even people hanging around it to make it more obvious. And I'd been so close to it the 2nd and 3rd times! 9 mins lost. Took my gel and drink and tried to restart.
Rest of the course was fine but I slowed down a lot due to overheating and being over cautious to not make any more mistakes. Relieved to finish, would have been so happy with my time minus that mistake. Ah well. Rehydrated, ate, had a cold shower and watched the rest of the day. Very different conditions for the last start block as a storm came over and they had cold rain to deal with instead of 30 plus temperatures! Was a good course though and fun terrain. Rest day tomorrow and then to try my luck at nailing a middle