6th leg of Jukola. Bittersweet. It was a fun tough course but I struggled the whole way round with my running and orienteering - it felt like I was running with the handbrake on and I couldn't push myself on. Consequently I never really got into a flow. I lost myself a couple of times on longer routes but managed to pick myself up quite quickly. No massive mistakes per se but I was a long way off being pleased.
I was certainly expecting to go out in a competitive position but was not expecting it to be so lonely. Did not see a single person on my course except for Spongey who crossed me on the way back from a loop I was heading in to.
This is what makes orienteering such a great sport - I am desperate to go back to the forest and conquer the course. Next year - but obviously a different forest!
Running warm up/down 15:00  1.5 mi (10:00 / mi)
Nervous. Tension was ratcheted up further by the fact that Ralph's splits weren't coming up on the computer at the changeover. I was hoping he hadn't crocked himself.
Phew - accommodation that I had booked for Jukola was ok and they were expecting us (over 50 emails between me us finalising details). Didn't manage to run during the day but went for a 20 minute leg stretcher with Tim and OJ followed by a quick dip in the lake - say oh ah Scandanavia.
Run to work. In a bit of daze this morning. Went with an invoice in hand to drop off at Andy and Lou's. Realised by the time I got to Commonside that I still had envelope in hand and turned back. Luckily Andy was driving down the hill when I turned into their road so avoided have to tackle the climb.
Was then rudely awakened from my daze again by Candyman who snuck up on me and gave me a bit of a fright.