Orienteering race 1:16:00  *** 12.0 km (6:20 / km)
shoes: Dads Inov8 x-talon 190
NSW long and NOL. Wasn't feeling very motivated at all beforehand and was overly cautious early, couldn't get my head into the map or scale. Didn't have a good enough plan to 5 and lost contact in the vague, trying to relocate off termies. Luckily I came across the small watercourse near the circle and was able to get it from there (a fist pump moment), but still lost 2-3 mins in hesitation. Parto caught me 2 mins by 6 and we duelled through the next couple. I was too high on both 7 and 8 which was annoying. Got away from Parto slightly through 10, the drink control, mainly because I'd forgot to bring a gel today and saw no point in stopping. However I then blew the advantage by overrunning 11, getting to 12 first. Parto had a gap on me coming out of 12 and it took everything I had to not let him get out of sight going round the hill to 13. Caught back up but then we were off on 14, some more time lost. Had a quick drink at 15 but couldn't remember if i'd punched the control or not so had to backtrack slightly afterwards. Was just hanging onto the back of Parto for these next few controls but then got in front on the way to 18 and lead him round the last loop. However we both lost another minute at 24, standing pretty much next to the control but not seeing it.
So overall too many errors cost me today. Running didn't feel too bad once I got into the course but didn't feel strong through the terrain early. Not sure how I placed as I left pretty soon after to go to Groovin.