Michaels Ave is always well populated with usually both cricket and football going on at the same time as orienteering which always makes for some interesting route choices - just how much can you cut the corner without actually interfering with the game? This map also has Michael Park School on it, an architecturally interesting place with no two buildings the same and very few right angle corners. I generally manage to lose contact with the map at least once within its grounds. Today's event also had the complexity of running on three different scales with Michaels Ave at 1:3000, Waiatarua at 1:4500 and the streets in between at 1:15000.
I came straight to the orienteering from work and I suspect I neither ate nor drank enough before my run. As a result I started off quickly and had a successful first pass through the school before heading off through the streets and into Waiatarua Reserve where I noticed myself getting slower and slower. Finally, soon after control 10, I hit the wall. This was worrying as it hadn't happened during a jogging or orienteering event for a couple of years and certainly not after the mere 4km or so I had run at that stage. I resisted the temptation to walk the rest of the way but dropped my jogging speed down to a very slow shuffle. This continued until I re-entered the school at control 13 and spent the next few minutes thinking about navigation not running speed. By the time I had emerged from that loop I was running a bit faster and I made my way at a reasonable, albeit not record breaking, pace to the finish.
Jonty was waiting at the finish certain that he had beaten me and so it transpired. He managed a 46min run, finishing just under two mintes faster than me. The Summer Series competition is thus 1 - 1, although counting all events since I started this blog I've still got a 3 - 1 lead.