Orienteering race (State Middle Champs ) 44:45  6.5 km (6:53 / km)
shoes: x-talon 190
Was a bit right on #1, but picked it quickly, dropping about 30 sec. OK to 2, hesitant but clean to 3, but rolled my ankle coming into it. Worst I've ever managed to do it with the braces on, but figured I''d try to run it off, and it wasn't much of a hindrance for the rest of the course. Should have gone straight to 5, but didn't feel up to it physically and totally lost track of where I was approaching the control, getting nearly to 7 before coming in from the far side. Off line again to 6 and hesitant working my way across to the right rock. Lost about a minute each on these two. 8 was a disaster. Looked like the easiest control on the course, but just didn't see it in the vegetation and didn't back myself enough to head into the thicker stuff to look when I couldn't see the feature. Dropped another 2.5 min after relocating on a cliff on the edge of the circle 3 times.
Had a quick check of the rest of the course here, hoping I was nearly done, as i felt physically spent. No dice.
OK through to 14, then managed to not climb enough from my attack point, head 150m down the spur before turning around and trudging back up. OK to 15, but had just about resigned myself to walking the rest of the course when Henry came through (8 min). A bit scrappy on several controls on the way through to the finish, but at least I was moving faster.
Pretty terrible run, but at least there was nothing huge. Probably could have been 6 min quicker all up. Contemplated whether it was even worth coming out again for Sunday until I compared splits with Craig and found out that we were moving at similar speed for most of the course, even when I felt bad.