Hi guys. I was starting to do a write-up of the camp as well, but Wil beat me to it, so here are some of my thoughts on the terrain, our week, and what I think we can expect in WOC this year.
1. Write-ups and other documents:
Here are two other links to previous training camps. I think it would be good to make an inventory of people's write-ups of Czech training camps. It is interesting to have another person's take on the area.
2. Middle Terrain/Rock Features
Wil is right that we didn't really get any of the subtle rock that we expected from the embargoed maps.
This training stands out in my mind because of a few controls in rock features. They weren't particularly challenging though.
I think it is a good exercise to think hard about how you would attack those difficult controls in the WOC Guide - contour, simplify, compass, etc.
3. Long Terrain/Fitness
Long terrain and fitness go hand in hand. In my mind, we were blown away in the long. With a perfect race, I would have been 15min behind the winner on Saturday over 16km.
However, I ran almost the entire race alone, but when I picked up Scott Fraser and Ionut on the last few controls, I held the pace quite well. I am constantly surprised by how fast the top guys run on the Long - you can never be too fast and too fit!!! It would be a huge advantage to have the speed and strength to stay with the best if you get caught up.
Wil is absolutely correct - fitness is key - it doesn't matter what distance you will run and where to train. Train to be fitter, faster and stronger, and you will get more out of the races.
I also agree with him that specialization is worth while. Running a 15min flat city sprint is not that similar to the forest and trails in the long. Any improvement in fitness will help you in any discipline, but specific training will bring more specific results!
The green wasn't too bad. In a middle race, it is rarely worth going around. In the middle, it might be safer to go around, but I don't think you will ever lose time going straight.
This training was a good example:
Also, to #16 below, OKO went around and I went straight for the same time in this training. My impression is that if you are unsure of a route, straight is never slower.
Another example is exiting #3 here:
The vegetation boundaries of green and yellow were extremely visible - look up!!!
Watch your compass on the bland hillsides. It is easy to get sloppy and just run.