JWOC middle final, 24th + 6.22
This was another big mental battle. Suspected that most people had been taking it easy the day before and didn’t think I would be good enough physically. In the end managed to tell myself that this is what I’d been training for all year and I wasn’t going to make any excuses.
Pretty solid till 7 and I was in 15th. Couldn’t decide if I should run along the path or cut through the white but I wasn’t feeling great physically and decided I would be better off not going to the track. Got to the path end and wasn’t sure where the white was. After training in Finland I should have known to just trust the compass and run through the veg boundary (which I hadn’t noticed on the map). Instead I ended up running along the edge and going through the green + a big patch of open felled stuff which was slightly confusing from the map. Managed to keep pretty straight so didn’t lose as much time as I potentially could have but still lost roughly a minute. Going through spectator was really tough and by the time I had gotten to the top of the hill I was really struggling. Somehow going to the next control managed to get the joint fastest split with Simona, I’m guessing cause I didn’t let myself recover and as a consequence was in complete oxygen debt and as a result messed up the next 3 controls. Direction was bad on 14 and 15 but 16 was the same mistake with the extra path that a lot of people made and lost ~1.20.
By the time I’d gotten through download I was wheezing again but this time it took a bit longer to settle down. Felt a bit dizzy so didn’t feel able to do a warm down and by the time I’d gotten to my bag breathing had started to get worse again. I used my inhaler which probably helped as I started breathing normally quicker than normal.
I didn’t expect to finish 24th with what felt like a very average run so was very happy when people told me where I’d come. https://www.tulospalvelu.fi/gps/2017jwocMWA/