From a distance, this looked like a really good performance. Well done! This is especially impressive given the lack of relevant terrain and orienteering opportunities in Portland. You continue to show that world-level results can be achieved at home with the right mindset. Very cool.
If you had to guess, how much of a difference do you think it would have made to have you start further in the start list, where you belong per average WRE score?
Fantastic run! Really enjoyed watching and trying to guess your routes based on your log comments from earlier in the week.
Well, I was tickled to see you in the top 3 for a good long time. Nice job, good to hear you so pleased with your race!
So nice. I'm once again impressed. :-)
Congratulations! Really impressive on the amount of training you were able to do.
Excellent! Although you moved far away from eastern O intensive opportunity, it hasn't held you back.
WOOOOOOO GO GAITERLEGS!!!!
Really impressive, especially given all the setbacks, struggles, and mom-compromises you have to make. I’m so impressed with you, and so happy you hit your totally-satisfied-with-this goal! Yay Ali!!
Great run. Nice work at recovery from the injury.
Amazing stuff! Big congrats on yet another great race. GO USA!
Thanks all!! =)
For Boris's question: hard to say how much of an effect starting where I 'should' have would be. For me, it makes me feel a little more part of the race and probably amps up how competitive I feel. Of course, that can both help and backfire - help narrow the focus, give more adrenaline, but also if I get too competitive, it's easier to push beyond my nav abilities and could make a big mistake.
As for other runners helping/hurting, there's that too and I think generally a help to be around more runners your own speed.
So perhaps an average amount it would help on a race like this would be ~3 min?
Great Job Ali and really nice write up to hear your interpretation of the woods, relative to the training areas and also the descriptions.
The Swedish television commentators were even discussing the change in the women's running style late in the races and how the fatigue from moving through the heather/blueberries effected their ability to see the controls when close by, because they were having to work harder to stay upright/spending more time watching their footing as they got tired.
Great performance - Congrats!
Looks like your performance has put the USA into serious contention for getting a second women's spot back for 2021. Keep it up!!
Congrats on a great race, Ali.
Great job, Ali! Super impressed with your dedication to training and recovery from injury. Sounds like strong and smart racing!
Well done, Ali! US women promoted from div 3 to div 2 - really exciting!!
That is awesome!! Bravo on getting the US up a division! What does that mean actually? Two women can start the long in 2021? Where are the world champs then?
Massive congrats, you are really impressive and inspirational in the way you go about your training and racing. Hope to cross paths somewhere sometime soon.
Congrats on your part in winning the promotion!
2021 WOC is in the Czech Republic
Thanks all! =)
And yep, at least 2 US women can start the long in 2021. Possibly 3 depending on who wins NAOC long in Truckee next summer.
Hope to see you somewhere sometime too Tessa!
3 US spots? Hahaha, bring it ;)
Will do! =)
And psyched you gals also moved up to Div 2!
Well, one of Canada and the US is going to get 3 spots (unless someone from Cuba or the Dominican Republic wins NAOC).
Barbados has let its IOF membership lapse, and Greenland (at least for now) is counted as part of Denmark and hence Europe. (In Oceania, we've been trying to get the formalities in place to allow New Caledonia, a French territory, to officially compete in Oceania, but it's difficult).
Are there actually orienteers in New Caledonia?
Those DR women are tough; one might just win NAOC ... ;-)
There are! I remember a bunch of them running on our trip to New Zealand.
Okay now I want to go to New Caledonia and orienteer.
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