so there is no pressure? I totally understand wanting to be good. I really can't have fun either if I am not doing a good job at it. Kind of silly actually. Would we be happier not doing it at all? I am not sure... so maybe do some individual courses, maybe open ones and be in the moment, enjoy the fact that you "do have time right now to orienteer and you don't have to watch Sofie or work at this very moment" and maybe the joy will come without the success? But relays are stressful. That was maybe a silly idea...
I think you are right about relays. It's more relaxing to run open races when you don't have a start time. (Speaking of which, have you entered in the Easter event? I don't think we have yet!)
It's also nice to run against other people in a similar situation. That's why I changed my view about W35, which I used to think of as a stupid and physiologically unnecessary age group. It is, in fact, a stage-of-life group, and a great place for people who have little kids and not enough sleep or training. The courses are shorter than the elite courses and there is still some competition, but otherwise it really feels more like it is just for fun!
Lyn really likes O and being out in the woods, but she hates the idea of a relay and will not do them. And she’s quite happy with that. Don’t put up with unnecessary stress and spoil the joy of our sport.
I love running D35 for exactly those reasons Cristina.
Some of us didn't start O'ing until the W35 age group.... (37 here; imagine not knowing about it until then, and still being at it almost 30 years later. :-))
Agreed that it's good competition for those wanting a shorter course and you shouldn't feel the need to do the open class unless you're ready for it.