...demonstrating you can really move in the woods. Quite the picture of outdoor athleticism.
It'll all come back. Bummed we didn't get to run together more Sunday and that it wasn't fun. There's always next year, and if you're feeling in shape, that'll motivate me to work harder so I have half a hope of keeping up!
Thanks, I do intend to be ready for the Billygoat next year! I think it is mostly mental, but building fitness helps a lot with confidence overall. I was really struggling to read the map on Sunday (so I was not having fun) and I think a lot of it was that I had decided before I’d even started that it was going to be too much and not fun. So, of course it was too much and not fun!
Anyway, that sucked so much that I’m extra motivated to train right now. :-)
If you're having trouble with the map, just follow somebody.
Where's the fun in that?!
The only person I *chose* to follow after the first control when there was still a pack was Sharon, until she headed away from my course route (and even then I followed for several steps before I realized I needed to head the other way).
I like running with other people, generally, even if the start of most mass starts are actually really not fun since I dislike how fast everyone gets going. I did get to do a little bit of fun jostling with others on Sunday, though! It wasn't a complete horror show in that respect.
The actual problem was that I had a pretty defeatist attitude before I even started, which probably contributed to feeling even more exhausted and incapable than I actually was. Which is why I was holding back tears from control 7, where I first declared that I was dropping -- only to be nicely encouraged to continue by Peggy and Nadim -- all the way to control 9, where I just couldn't fathom doing any more orienteering. It was such a relief to start moving back towards the finish that it was clearly the right choice for the day, even if it seems pretty ridiculous from a physical standpoint that I didn't just suck it up and finish the damn course.
It's all good, though. I'll be back to feeling comfortable doing longer courses soon enough.
You should do what brings you joy. I know Swampfox, for one, has on occasion decided partway through a course that it's a better day for a run than for orienteering, and has just done that instead.
+1 JJ! I'm currently at a stage with my orienteering that I only go out on a course myself if I really feel I want to.
Typically I don't and am happy to hang out and coach. I'm ok with that. A fee years ago I wasn't.
I remember at one district championship race in Uppsala seeing Annika Billstam come out of the woods walking, with her map out of the map case, and the map case full of chanterelle mushrooms...
The last day of the one time I ran O-Ringen, I spent a large fraction of my time in the woods just picking and eating blueberries.
JJ, Anna did that on her first day of O-Ringen. Mmmmm, blueberries...but her map cases are usually full of reptiles.
Reptiles don't taste as good as blueberries.
I can imagine a reptile tasting as good as a blueberry.
Mmmmm, snakes? Nope, doesn't do it for me. Definitely blueberries.
I have a hard time imagining anything tasting as good as a wild blueberry right off the bush. Probably my favorite thing to eat. (Why is my phone so insistent about capitalizing "bush"?)
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