Orienteering race (Euromeeting Estonia) 44:00  *** 6.0 km (7:20 / km)
ahr:148 max:172 spiked:16/20c
Euromeeting race, Estonia, middle distance.
Before race felt well rested, positive and confident in my technique, The physical was what it was. Legs felt good, a little sore with the right foot, but not enough to distract me. After good warmup, so some warmup controls were good, green foliage everywhere, was looking forward to a good race. A few plums before starting I was ready,.
1 set off which felt like a long run out up the side of the sandy quarry, catching one minute ladies who were plodding in the way. Took is easy, mentally gauged the length of the course but focussed on leg 1. Aim was to stay close to the line just picking up the green bush and side of hill. When hit the start kite, slight surprise it was a depression thinking it was. hill. Good bearing, hit the corner of the hill and down the spur, just pop up the other spur and left boom, first control good.
2 - slow, bearing, see spur and contour conrner, down the hill and rail along, looking for a small reentrant with pit, came off the spur and was a little right, 5m, then spotted it.
3 - adjust the direction, spotted the climb, aim to follow the edge of the hill then shoot up the spur, making sure to stay on the middle of it. Worked a treat.
4 - On the line just getting past all the green shit, then tried to read the leg, picked off the curvy line drop off the left and then down the spur, reached the pit at the bottom, stopped a few secs just to check and was confident was just through the gap. boom. Contour looked a bit odd like a spur, but its not
5 - spotted path, quick out to path, plan the entry. Then rough bearing and into the green. Aim to hit the north side of the first depression then sneak up to the top depression, came into the southern one and had to turn right, some seconds lost but know the situation
6 - straight out to the road then cut along the path, at the bend aim was to hit the depression follow edge of hill and drop nicely into the reentrant, drifted little right into the right depression, was a bit surprised when dropped into hole right of the control, then came left and though I had gone to far, started drifting down the hill south of control, knowing it felt wrong, spotted hill then decided to follow hill along, got the reentrant and out. Pretty annoyed, so as left control, deliberately slowed down, some deep breaths then continue.
7 - on the line, big depression ahead, started heading up the reentrant, and forced myself left onto the spur and followed it nicely up to control.
8 - breifly checked the leg. No clear way through, so stuck a bearing and aimed for the track. Came a little left, As neared the path spotted the little depression near the corner and out onto the corner, aim then down the reentrant and along the spur, spot on.
9 - tricky little control, stayed right of the green and took a good bearing, stayed strong through the green, head up and was spot on. Bit of a relief,
10 - straight up the hill out to path, spotted the big depression by the control, so tried to aim for that, it curved levely into the control, over the spur boom
11 - bearing, see the edge, contour round, perfect
12 - straight on the line, checked the compass, bit of swimming to get past the green bu spotted the big depressions ahead, got in the left one, was expecting a hill, so stayed high on the hill but realised and came down left right to control. a little time lost.
13 - on the bearing, some slow people in the way had to get round, there was a path all the way there. Aim was for the big reentrant and then left, came down in perfect.
14 - spotted the lovely marsh crossing, no alternative. Straight to path and across, got on line and aim into control was poor, just to come up the spur and hope a little that my line was good. It was.a little right and I spotted a control, in the reentrant just before, went over to it realised and continued up and over. Like 20s lost, but invested
15 - cheeky little path, after green stumble in, clocked first depression, then into control.
16 - nothing nice about this leg, so aim to just hack my way to the marsh and along the bank. Too eager got the bank and tried to cross on the line. Came a little right of the line and crossed over at the open marsh. It was shit and horrible. Lost some time on poor route choice here. Came to the hill know I was slight right at reentrant so then came up and left, hesitated at depression before but realised. Should have continued round marsh and up nearer control.
17 - use the hill point me in the line direction. Past the marsh and stay on the line. When climbing the hill read the detail and spotted that I was on the spur, so just a little right and I was in.
18 - got a little distracted leaving the control from others, but came right onto a lovely ridge then spotted the reentrant right used the nice hill up and over then down into the final depression, follow the edge along and boom. Super nice.
19 . Focus almost near the end. On the compass aiming for the veg boundary. It was not amazing but I got it. Past the big depression and now just past the hill and in, mind was two steps ahead, and mis read the hill thinking I had gone to far, hesitated stopped, realised and continued, 3 girls past me. Dammit. lost like 20-30s
20 - managed to get past one on the last control,
21 - past the other two on the runnin but they were so slow. Could only get through on the last line.
Overall After finishing I was quite satisfied with my race. No major mistakes and physically felt comfortable the whole way, but also didn’t ever feel like I could push max. Crossing the marsh was just shit tho. Some time lost, most on 6 and long leg 16 (about 3mins between these two), which is not good enough but there was also some great orienteering and it was super fun.
Reflecting how I compared to the other competitors, I was just over 10mins off the leader who was just over 33mins. Considering my mistakes, this seems quick. Most lines were done straight and the running pace is quick.