Orienteering race (bush) 1:05:00  *** 6.0 km (10:50 / km)
9c (sick) shoes: Mudclaw 300
H1 at Marginata. Woke up not feeling well but hoped it would pass and just signed up for H1 anyway. While I was running my nose started running too and I got a bit of a headache, but legs and lungs were fine. Missed #2 by not much but took a long time wandering until I got onto the rock surface just east of the control. When I got to #2, Oliver just got there too. We went to #3 together and then I lost him. I messed up #4 too by being one gully too far and when I came back to the right gully I saw tRicky and Ian Finnie coming in. Led them into #5. tRicky overtook and got out of sight on the long uphill leg through the green, but Ian just stuck to me no matter where I went. Saw tRicky again just coming into #6 but then he was gone for good. At #7 Oliver was there again. We were pretty much together until we started diverting a bit on the way to #9. My shadow Ian jumped onto Oliver's heels, but I got to #9 first and not wanting to give away its location I exited as fast as possible.
Very happy to be running alone again on the way to #10, through the gully I was expecting and onto a little rock surface. Up and down were suddenly the other way around from what I had imagined, but I figured my brain was just playing tricks with me. Couldn't find the smaller gully I was expecting but found another rock surface bigger than expected. The boulders beyond it didn't make much sense either. Only then I stopped and realised I had made a 180 error. My first ever 180! I was all the way in the south east of the map. Not feeling the best already I was never going to finish the course in time without D getting very worried, so I abandoned the course and walked back. Great timing to have such a nav disaster just a week before the nationals. Sick in bed the rest of the day.