Don't put too much pressure on yourself as that has a tendency to backfire. Just remember that you've been training well and use the skills you've been practicing. If you run your own race you will succeed.
Hi Greg, I don't know you personally nor anything about the realities of your daily life and what possibility to get into terrain (close and easy versus distant and requiring too much time) but I will off up what I intend as a friendly comment and not a criticism.
Which is, from looking at your log, only a relatively small percentage of your training time is actually doing orienteering. It's nowhere near enough for the elite level. If you truly want to get better, that percentage and volume/frequency has to go up a whole bunch, in my humble opinion. (With a couple of exceptions, this observation would apply to any US orienteer on any of the national teams just as well, and not just you.)
Best of luck to you in all your future efforts.
Thank you for the advice, Mikell. I agree with your assessment. I need to get out on maps more. I have been increasing my training on maps each year. And actually this year has been the best so far.
But I've still had limitations. For reasons of professional development, I've been living in downtown Madrid for the past year. It is a less than ideal place for anyone trying to compete as an elite orienteer. There's a decent city park nearby with a map and a good training group, but that doesn't matter if I'm working too much to take advantage of it.
The good news: my training partners and myself have seen significant improvements in my orienteering over the past year. In other words, the increased training and review has worked.
Now, I'm looking optimistically towards the future. In a month I will quit my job as an in-house translator and start to work as a freelance translator. I'll be able to work from wherever I like as long as I have an internet connection. This opens up many possibilities for races and places to live. Also, when I'm freelancing I won't need to commute, which is time I hope to dedicate to training.
So essentially, I agree. I need more orienteering. I enjoy orienteering and want to run more. Right now I'm still in the process of orchestrating a lifestyle for that. But it's coming together slowly.
I really appreciate the support I receive from the whole orienteering community. At the end of the day, any achievement I have is not only my work, but the time and effort of many people who, for one reason or another, have decided to invest in me.
Greg, it sounds like you have a plan and a winning attitude. Both will serve you well, and very best wishes to you in all of your future endeavors!