Orienteering race (Middle Marginata) 1:09:55  *** 4.6 km (15:12 / km) +190m 12:36 / km
Australian Middle Distance Championships
Ran W21E again today and totally skewed the statistics. ;)
Couldn't find the first control (11:21), although I was really close to the circle - just too far east. Found 12 and took a bearing to 1 and still ended up too far east. In the end, I saw Tracey go to the control and followed her. Not a great start. OK from here through to 10 which took me nearly 13 minutes to find. I did a parallel error by going over the spur too high and thinking one rocky outcrop I was going around was one that was further down the spur. Then I went into a very similar group of rocks on the side of a gully about 150m south of the control and couldn't work out why the control wasn't there. Eventually I saw some bear rock in a clearing to the north and had an 'oh crap' moment of realisation. Recovered ok from there but was 20 minutes or more behind everyone else by then. Embarrassing - but someone has to have a bad day. I did like the terrain of typical WA bush and lots of grass trees.