Orienteering 57:49  *** 4.3 km (13:27 / km) +130m 11:41 / km
Oh dear. I didn't expect that today would go well, but I was impressed by just how badly a small number of controls went. It started well because I knew it was going to be tricky and thick, and I had good plans but slightly low confidence. Went high for one but then fuddled the descent, but didn't waste a huge amount there. It went okay to three, didn't like the scrub much, but then it went really well to five. Then it went very, very wrong.
I hit the path halfway to six and just didn't attack from any kind of ap. threw myself into the green and wandered around. Knew I should go back out to the track but kept convincing myself everything fit when it clearly didn't. Eventually went back and was way way high, came back in carefully along the veg boundary and got it. Wasted about seven minutes though. Bah.
After that struggled to get head in the right place, 7,8,9 were great but easy controls, 10 easy as I revisited many of the locations I'd seen at 6. 11 I was too far north and the control was much further south than I wanted to go. The rest was scrappy as I knew I was way off pace, and then I really screwed 18, probably losing another six mins. Parallel error, complete lack of height judgement. It was pretty miserable. That awful relocation moment of "I can't really be there, can I?"
Physically things were alright though, apart from the hill to 17, so that was okay. Pretty annoyed to be so rubbish, interested to see if the splits that felt good were actually okay. Focus on planning tomorrow. Hopefully things can only get better.
Warm up & strides 15:00  1.5 km (10:00 / km)
Warm up. Got a map out of the Rubbish bag and found the hill and jogged about a bit. I miss my garmin.