Orienteering race 16:09  2.9 km (5:34 / km) +40m 5:13 / km
shoes: Adidas Adizero
COC Sprint Champs - NRC North
Another disappointing race. Wasn't focussed at the start and lost time on the first 3 forest controls.
Well overshot #1, expecting it to be further into the forest from the road - in actual fact it was on the edge of the forest. Lost 30-40 seconds here, could here my one minute man snapping branches in the forest behind me.
Then was flustered on #2, got to the circle OK, but was on the wrong edge of the impassable fence corner, so everything seemed 90 degrees out. About 10-15 secs lost.
Finally on #3, expected it to be visible from the road (since #1 was) and overshot it a little - another 10-15 secs lost.
Then it became relatively easy urban terrain. Not overly complex, just a lot of funny shaped buildings. Thought the course setting was very good through this middle section, from #5 to #13 there was route choice on each leg and the best route was never instantly obvious - so planning ahead was important.
Unfortunately all the good stuff had been used up by #13 and we were about 1km from the finish, so it was fairly straightforward to the end. I knew from the earlier mistakes I'd be well down the results, so my heart wasn't really in it.
Would have been quite a good result without those mistakes - I was never going to do Robbie's time of around 14:30, but would have easily been low to mid 15s, which would have put me around 2nd to 5th.
It's funny, before these events I thought it was going to be my running speed that was going to let me down, but it's been the opposite.
Looking forward to seeing what happens when the training can become more structured again