orienteering race (Narrinyeri Hills) 1:25:13  8.3 km (10:16 / km)
shoes: Asics Gel 2140
Event setup by Wallaringans isn't usually a schemozzle, but it was today, so it was after 11 when I started and I was still a touch distracted. Slight womble in the circle on 2 doing a lap of the rocky spur before I found the boulder, on the short leg to 5 the track went further up the gully than mapped so when I crossed the track I thought I was too low & went higher when in fact I had been pretty much on the line. Was okay through the controls south of the road but then on 11 made a parallel error from a track bend (was on the wrong track, also was fantasising about the water at the subsequent control) and ended up 300m NW of where I should have been. Then on the second-last control where the obvious attack was up a clearing which narrowed into a gully, I decided to go cross-country from the fence corner to see how good my bearing was and I overshot the top of this gully then dropped down the next one and came up from the clearing.
Was disappointed not to be under 10 min/km and to be about 16 min behind Steve Cooper. Thought I was running okayish despite being tired, so maybe I lost 8-10 min on mistakes, though the splits printer wouldn't splat so I'm not exactly sure how much time I lost where.
Control collecting was fun, I got to do the rocky scarp with the big knoll by the trainline and go through the culvert under the line. We were packed up by 3, parents & I went to the farm to see grandfather after, so by the time I got home after dropping them off it was 8pm and it had been a 13-hour day.