Orienteering race 1:08:17  9.5 km (7:11 / km)
shoes: Inov8 x talon 212 #3
Aus relay, 1st leg. Shocker part 2! distance from the garmin today.
had sussed out the map last night after the middle and figured that a longer first leg with an up and over or around option would be likely. decided that if that was the case i'd try up and over. so when I flipped the map over the decision was already made and got away well. pretty solid to the vicinity of #1 although it seemed only marginally quicker than going around, if at all. got suckered by a few other runners though and overshot my #1. spent a good 4 mins trying to re correct here. looking at it afterwards I really should have done my own thing here, as the control had a nice attackpoint from the top. so lost the pack and confidence thrown a bit.
having had a similar experience yesterday losing some time and confidence at the first, I decided to have a solid plan for the second, by climbing high and using some bare rock as a definite attackpoint. this would have worked perfectly but I pulled up on some earlier bare rock, thinking I'd gone far enough, and plunged into the rock. managed to make bits of it fit where I should have been, but obviously found no control. lost contact of where I really was and ended up climbing back up the ridge to relocate to the bare rock I should have come in off in the first place and got it ok from there, but lost a whopping 10 mins. really disapppointed at this point as I'd managed to replicate my 1-2 screw up from yesterday.
very hesitant to #3 and missed it slightly. got #4 and #5 ok and got a bit of a chance to run hard on the long leg to #6. got that well and then hesitant to #7 but ran straight onto it and got some confidence back. was running entirely by myself for all of this and had to motivate myself to run with a bit more aggression through the rock. surprised to see Parto at #8, not a good start from the stingers. no issues with #8, #9 or #10. something didn't feel right around my ankle leaving #10 and looked down to see my left ankle brace was broken. a bit more cautious to #11 as realised I didn't have as much ankle support as I would've liked. no issues with the rest of the course.
so in summary a similar race to yesterday. bad #1, shocking #2 and rest of the course pretty good. need to get my head into the granite straight away. finished well down in 1st leg which was disappointing. not a good weekend/ finish to the bush season for me. positive to take away from the weekend was my fitness, which I was generally pretty happy with.