Orienteering 57:49  7.0 km (8:16 / km) +275m 6:54 / km
shoes: VJ Falcon
World Cup Round 3 Latvia - Middle.
Yeah reasonably happy, but obviously plenty room for improvement. More experience in the bank. Definitely able to enjoy these international races now an aweful lot more than in the past. They just feel like another race rather than anything to be super nervous about.
Meandering race report:
Was feeling good and actually quite confident, but managed to drop 2 minutes to the first control. No idea how as it was nice and simple but totally lost direction. Bit of a wobble then to two and got caught by hongkong (started 90 seconds after me). Kicked on for the next two controls which i got cleanly and dropped him. 5 was rough. Took the path for a little bit then up over the hill. Popped out of the green and then started skirting it as i guessed i was too far west. Hit the pit then where the womens control was, and continued over to the depression for number 5. Short leg then over to 6.
Went a bit left to 7, over to the grassy rentrant and up to the path. Got caught here by Japan (3 minutes behind me) which i was annoyed at as i thought id been moving well since the second control. Down into the river valley, up the rentrant and over the spur to 7. Short leg to 8. Straight to 9 but the scattered open with double hashing was rough and ended up bailing through the green. Bumped into Spaniard here. Straight to 10 through beautiful white forest. Nice handy leg. Went left around the green then to the road, straight up over the spur and by the depression into 11. Handy 12th control then for the TV. 13 was tricky enough in the green, but got boosted along by spain. Then went too high for 14 and too low for 15, concentration definitely waning at this stage of the race. Three really simple controls then, 16 through 18, but made a mess of 19. Even looking at the map now i've no idea what happened, ended up getting lead into it by some guy. Then just two controls as part of a run in.