Running warm up/down 8:21  1.48 km (5:39 / km)
Some danish forest on an nice sunny day. Felt good. A little stiff in the legs and the new shoes had a sore spot. Won't be using them for the race.
Orienteering (Middle) 25:56  *** 4.99 km (5:12 / km)
Day before danish spring middle, chance to get a little more exposure to the terrain and understand how to approach it. In my head my main focuses were similar to usual this week, bearing, simple plan and head up. In the forest could see for a couple hundred meters in places so vis was good, but flat and in distinct contours, so you really had to be confident on your line.
1 set off along the path right side, aim to bearing off the hill, up rentertant into control. Felt very flat and I kept checking left and right to make sure I wasn't on some other hill. 2 much the same strong bearing, used veg boundary as guide, using spur as attack point. 3 saw hill top, 1 then 2 and in, nice and high line. 4 had a plan to go left route but poor bearing out came right, so stuck to right line. Problem was coming off path, i didn't take a good bearing and stay parallel to the line a couple hundred m off. Also I had no clear plan. 5 short bearing. Hard to see feature so stopped to look. Important for these short ones to get it rough first time. 6 saw clear line out to path, but came left and misinterpreted vegetation. Lost some time but relocated quickly. The out of control plan is important especially the line, and to have simple clear points along the way. If off line easy to be fooled as similar flat features so need to be confident on location. 7 didn't want to go in marsh so took right curvy line. Nice, saw hills in. 8 confidence in the bearing, no significant shapes to bounce off. Line was good. 9 was pushed right by veg a little but checked bearing and came back round hills to control. Good line but could have been bad. Could have been straighter to save distance. 10 line was spot on, builder was tiny so ran right last it. 11 line foot out of control into control detail was tricky and shitty brushings.
- bearing out of control vital with good plan
- features are low and small, so having a clear, simple, regular contact important
- keep, head up, stay positive and know what looking for