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Race Evaluation

Hungaria Kupa, Day 2: M21E (WRE)

Tundra/Desert

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3. Bad compass work
+01:25
Was a bit passive in looking for the pits as I attacked from the clearing. Missed and had to turn around.
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5. Did not like map
Bad map reading
+00:55
Was almost there but could not make out the hill ahead of me on the inkjet-printed map. Then saw a different control to my left, thought my compass direction was wrong, and visited the wrong control.
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7. Very happy with map reading on this one...
8. ... and on this one...
9. ... and on this one. As I was coming in, a Serbian guy came in from below.
10. No attack point
Bad route choice
Did not like map
+03:10
The Serb left towards the north. I thought he'd be stuck in the green, as it looked medium green on the map. It was only later when I saw the 1:10,000 offset-printed maps that everyone else used, that I realize it really was light green and not medium! To go through the green meant saving climb and having a better attack point. I went around, meaning climbing (at a pretty good HR) and then coming down without a distinct attack point. The lack of attack points lead to me exploring three other reentrants before locating mine.
11. Started to start to fade...
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15. Took a chance
+00:25
Again, got distracted by another control, located on a clearing just like mine.
16. Crossing the road was about the half-way point in distance. The rest of the course looked flat, however, with two long trail legs; I thought there was a chance it would go faster... how wrong...
17. Dropped the camelback at the water point—though I'd drunk enough to get me through...
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19. Did not like map
Did not read control description
+00:45
The control description was really inadequate here. The descriptions weren't particularly exacting to begin with, but here it just sucked. "Spur" with a reentrant junction circled, and the control being at the very possible top of the spur.
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22. Tried to prod myself into running on the trails. Actually slowed to a walk a few times but mostly ran.
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24. Bad compass work
+00:20
Went off on a trail that paralleled the edge-of-map trail but was actually off the map. Figured it out somewhat quickly as the features made no sense.
25. As I was running on the trail right after #24, towards the edge of the young firs, Matti-Pekka of Espoo came along. "Feels like Tour de France." "Sure does, but no water." "Want some?" Matti-Pekka was so graceful to stop and let me drink from one of two miniature Silva bottles he had. I tried running for as long as I had him in sight, but slowed down to a walk on the E–W road.
26. Mostly walking.
27. Also walking... planning for 2:18 finish...
28. ... maybe not so fast...
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F. ... it's finally over!

Total Time Lost - 00:07:00


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