Orienteering race (Long) 1:07:02 **** 6.86 km (9:46 / km) +233m 8:21 / km
ahr:165 max:177 spiked:18/18c shoes: Inov-8 Oroc 280
Hungarian Championship Classic Distance, part 1 - the section before my Garmin ran out of battery.
M40, finished way down the ranking.
Not sure if it is worth analysing as I messed up the whole race by being about 5 min late for my start. This meant a messed up warm-up, no stretching, no mental prep, straight into the course as a flying start. Surprised I haven't messed up control 1, but did then duly messed up 2 and no longer motivated at all from that point. Jogged around where I could, tried to make good route choices.
Also - the prep during the week was quite poor with limited sleep and training due to travel, work and other events.
In terms of further controls, route choices were probably OK, but execution wobbly. Did not attack any legs really though, did not run on the edge. Went long way around to 7 on the left but probably that was an OK route for the most part - did suboptimal micro routes in the first part. Hit the controls OK on most controls except for 11 where I drifted too far north through the ridge, which was probably the result of imprecise descent on the previous ridge - then took a valley 1 north of the one I originally intended to. Took some time to relocate in the valley. Then finally a mistake on 17 as there was a similar rough open area NW unmapped to the one with the control. but again I wasn't sharp at all by that time.
Shame, the course was well planned. Disappointing to have done this now considering the prestige of the event.
Regardless of the mess I have made of this with the prep, for the most part I have orienteered OK, but also felt I was too weak for this amount of climb - clearly the south of England training environment is too flat so I need to make more effort on hill training to be competitive.
I have written a year and a half ago on the JK that I wasn't physically or navigationally prepared. I think by now navigation is a lot better, and although I did not really attack any part of this course, but I wasn't exhausted after 2 hours of running which I think should be considered an improvement too.