Thanks Ceal and Chris for your happy birthday greetings. I had a nice day, starting with 9km and coffee with friends, then we had a funeral to go to in the afternoon - the funeral of the mother of some very old friends. It was a lovely event - full of love and fond memories.
Then it was a barbeque dinner for 10 and some card games - just what I wanted.
Happy birthday to you too Tracey - sorry about the boil! I cried all day I turned 50, now 64, I am looking forward to being 65!
Chris - that sounds like fun starting a Galloway group - you would be perfect as you totally believe in his methods.
Chris - your running is still going really well - impressed with the 18 miler!!
Columba - you must be pretty happy too! You'll have to sit on that other 70 year old next time, and come home strong. But in saying that, you gave it your all - great stuff!
Graham - welcome home.
I've been ticking over - not much motivation here! Ran 6km in Cornwall Park last night. Did a long walk on the bushtracks on Sunday and not a lot else. Going to have lunch with my sisters today so that will be nice.
The course you may have selected could have 12 controls i.e. 12 points you have to find - maybe a re-entrant, a spur, a particular tree etc and on each spot there will be a control (a stick with a number or a letter) which you have to punch to show that you have been there. Each control has a different punch, so you can't just punch the same control 12 times!!
For the more experienced and championship events, they used electronic controls, and you have a dibber on your finger to push into the Start control, and all those that you are collecting and the finish one and your result is spit out electronically in the tent where the computer is located.
So when I was running with my son last week, he was reading the map and pointing to where the control was and I was clipping the clip card in the right box.
In competition orienteering you compete alone and are called up to the startline in 2 minute intervals. There could be 8 of you on the startline but you would be all on different courses. Two minutes is quite a long time in the forest, and you can disappear very quickly. The only problem with that is if you run too fast, you can't think!!
Nice running there Mick - I'd love to see those kms I'm happy if I don't see a 7!
Torque Steer - good to see you back. Awful news - another reason why you need to find a way to get back out there, even if it is just walking.
Good to see you back out there too Aws.
JJ - nice to be part of a family gathering and not paying the bill at the end of it. Things are looking up
Chris - your running is going well. Congrats on the half.
Tracy - you continue to put in good effort too.
Columba - yes, orienteering you run with a map and find controls. There are different distances and difficulty for people. Very easy courses for newbies. We did a lot of it when our children were younger as it took us into the forests. I was hopeless. Could always get near the control, but couldn't find it! You can't just follow someone because they are probably on a different course to you! My eyesight was always a problem too, the maps have very fine detail. Will be interesting to try again once I have my other eye done. And of course I have slowed down so much now - I probably wouldn't just run past the control
My running has been minimal over the last few days - can't seem to get myself motivated. I will go out today to do my 9km with my friends. Always good to have a set day to meet up with people.