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in: bhall; bhall > 2023-03-29

Mar 29, 2023 9:35 PM # 
than a steep uphill finish chute js
Mar 29, 2023 9:42 PM # 
is it though
Mar 29, 2023 9:45 PM # 
I'd take a beach finish chute over this weekend's uphill finish chute any day, especially after a long and hilly course
Mar 29, 2023 11:38 PM # 
Last weekend's finish chute was horrific - genuinely the worst I've ever experienced (to be fair, my legs were not at all prepared for the elevation). In comparison to that a beach finish sounds decent, though still not fun.
Mar 30, 2023 12:28 AM # 
Done both, prefer the sandy beach
Mar 30, 2023 11:19 AM # 
I've seen a finish chute like that, once, in an Australia-New Zealand competition (what we'd now call the Oceania Championships) in New Zealand, but on that occasion it was one of the easier parts of the course - M21 was 7.2km/850m climb and was won in something like 2.19 (I was in M16 which was about half that), and it was very wet, cold (by our standards) and windy for good measure. There are some Australian orienteers of a certain age who still have the "I Survived Kapamahunga" T-shirts produced after that event.

(New Zealand has lots of excellent orienteering terrain, but they also sometimes use maps which are steeper and/or more thick than anything we would contemplate).
Mar 30, 2023 12:48 PM # 
Beach finish at World Games Middle was really pretty rough. But so was this Long finish chute. At least fewer people were watching my suffering during this past one? Probably would prefer it to the World Games beach, actually.
Mar 30, 2023 3:42 PM # 
I'm glad at least one other person thinks the hill would be better
Mar 30, 2023 8:22 PM # 
I vote beach. I asked Clinton not to post my picture from that hill finish. It was my annnnnnngry face (having walked from the second-to-last control and being rather momentarily infuriated about not having the finish at the Go control).
Mar 31, 2023 4:55 PM # 
I had to discard a lot of angry faces on Saturday. I try to convey people actually enjoying themselves in this sport. Not going attract too many newcomers with photos of pain & suffering...
Mar 31, 2023 7:42 PM # 
There are a couple really great happy shots, notably John Baker (QOC) in the sprint I think, and Izzy B in one of the forest races.
I’ll try to smile next time I see you with a camera, Clint — I look absolutely horrible in both pics online … a smile couldn’t make them worse!

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