Orienteering race 1:09:36 **** 5.64 km (12:20 / km) +107m 11:16 / km
ahr:115 max:136 shoes: Icebug Spirit OLX 6-2016
5+5 Cyprus, Stage 5: Cape Gkreco Forest/ Connos Beach
My worst race of the week (and this whole year) - unfortunately I can´t blame it on my injury either.
Stupid route choice already to #1 where I must have lost close to two minutes due to slow runnability and overshooting the control. Control #2 was actually OK, but then I took a compass bearing and started reading my map between #3-4 running out of #2 - a very rare mistake for me. Caught myself after a while and had to turn back to #3 - losing another 3 minutes.
Controls 4-5-6 were OK and then #7 happened. A relatively straight forward trail route choice but somehow I couldn´t make sense out of the dense trail network where most of the trails existed only in the terrain but not on the map. I kept moving in roughly the right direction - very hesitant since nothing fit with my map - and could finally relocate on a very obvious trail bend after another 3-4 minutes lost.
#9 worked out just fine according to plan with some safe trail running which also was my plan for #10 - in theory maybe the easiest leg of the whole course (with exception for the final controls along the beach). Executing my choice just fine - to a certain point - but somehow couldn´t get into my head that I actually was at the trail junction where I wanted to turn. That started a veritable (Not-so-) Merry-Go-Round with my messing around in the thorny bushes and also running up and down the wrong trail trying to make sense of the map. A classic parallell error worthy of a whole chapter in a textbook of "How not to orienteer" ;)
Finally came to my senses and returned to the correct trail junction (13 minutes later) and of course found the control to be highly visible 50 m down the trail.
Oh well, still a few controls left so I had to keep going. Not the best route to #11 either where I even had to crawl under some thorny bushes to get through but at least I found the control. The last four controls 12-15 were just there to get us into the Finish on the beach and didn´t cause any problems. The Finish punch was actually a few meters out in the water so the run-in was a welcome refresher in the very hot weather.
To sum it up: My 20 minutes lost on just 4 of the 15 controls caused me to lose one place in the final standings for the week (instead of moving up which was my goal).