Running 11:19 2.21 km (5:08 / km) +15m4:58 / km ahr:147 max:162
Orienteering 12:33 2.85 km (4:24 / km) +15m4:17 / km ahr:182 max:195
JWOC Sprint 3rd lol
I was really looking forward to this sprint. I had done quite a lot of preparation, thought the level of technicality would suit me and was in good shape (although lacking the top end speed of some of the girls). I was feeling relaxed but confident I could fight for a good result.
Picked up the map and didn’t have time to read the first leg before the start kite (20m) so I stopped but then still ran down the wrong alley, suboptimal but not a disaster so I continued. Got back on track but then I hadn’t looked properly at the end of the leg so ran the wrong side of a building before realising and coming back out and finding it. 20s gone but it didn’t feel that much at the time. From there I was good, picking routes then executing well and by the time I got to spec I was in 6th. Took confidence from this that I was doing stuff right and had no problems round the last loop. Came into the arena in 3rd and after a slight panic not knowing where the last control was, I found it and finished 3rd. Much to my surprise no one came in faster than me so I won bronze!! Pretty sick seeing as JWOC medal has been the goal since I was about 15.
I was obviously buzzing with the result but felt like my performance didn’t deserve a medal. Yes I’m pleased with how I recovered from the mistake and I must’ve been holding a high pace through the rest of the course (3 fastest splits and several 2nd and 3rds) but it still feels odd to get such a good result when I made a 20s mistake and I would’ve been kicking myself for this in any race. So a bit of a weird one but took confidence that I’m better compared to top girls than I thought so very positive for the rest of the week.