Run race ((orienteering)) 2:03:32  *** 12.1 km (10:13 / km) +175m 9:31 / km
Long distance. Got off to a bad start again, this time in the physical sense - took a heavy fall on some bare rock going into 1 which produced a reasonable amount of blood from both hand and knee. Wasn't sure at that point whether I was going to be able to keep going but knee seemed structurally sound so I thought I'd press on.
The first six were in the flat country which much of yesterday's course was in, with a couple of scary long legs at 2 and 6. I wasn't exactly navigating with confidence and wandered a bit on 2, but hit the controls OK. The biggest blue of the day was at the end of this section - got the wrong exit direction heading to the powerline from 6, found myself on the wrong side of a lake, and then compounded things by not retreating but instead going a long way round on the southern side of the lake; probably dropped about 4 minutes there.
The second half of the course after the map change was somewhat different, more features and a substantial track network which I made plenty of use of. My navigation became scrappier though, dropping about 90 seconds at 14, a minute on the second-last (23) and smaller amounts at 18 and 19. Happy with the endurance though - didn't really feel tired at any stage (perhaps because I was rarely running that fast).
Too many errors to be happy with this, although my placing was better than yesterday (28th, slightly below midfield). Something around 115, which I would have been happy with, would have placed in the low 20s. Might well be my last elite long distance championship race.
It will probably be my last race for this weekend, too, because the knee was worse than I thought; the cut was deep enough to require stitches at the local hospital, and while the doctor says those present no barrier in themselves to running, it has swollen up tonight to the point that walking is difficult and I suspect it will be the standard three days for a badly bruised knee; hopefully no worse.