North American champion in the long distance!
Got help from the Tero express train, but knowing the fitness is there is encouraging for WOC 2017. It is also very helpful to have a spot for WOC to already start preparing.
Superb map in world-class terrain. It's not really a map for 1:15,000. I'll have to return to run here more often.
More in-depth report now.
I'm quite happy to have earned a spot for WOC 2017 in what is truly the legendary orienteering distance.
However, it comes with mixed emotions. As can be seen in the splits I stuck with Thierry from #9 to #16. It was wonderful to have Thierry there, both in and out of competition. Actually, I hope that the maps and competition from this year's NAOC encourage more European orienteers to come enjoy our terrains. Nonetheless, my belief is that when there are WOC starting positions on the line, athletes that could influence the performance of North American runners should start separately.
It's like the WOC relay. You don't avoid the train as a matter of honor. You hold on to it and take the higher speed as a benefit, while still maintaining map contact in case the train makes a mistake. While I was with him I managed to maintain map contact, but every route I decided on by myself was inferior and had I gone alone my speed would have been lower.
When my hamstrings started to cramp around 17 I finally decided it was time to run alone. Unfortunately, as shown at 18, my mind was not thinking clearly. So I resolved to take the slowest, safest route possible to each control after that in order to to take seconds before minutes.
My race up to #9 had gone decently, except for overrunning #7 after fishing a GU out of my pocket and losing map contact. According to the splits I was there with Eric Kemp and Damian. I want to particularly congratulate Eric for an excellent long distance in some difficult terrain. I was very happy to see him back in competition. Also, go USA! We performed quite well as a team in this race. Seeing my compatriots taking top positions is exciting, and makes me extra competitive!
Many thanks to the Dominies for an excellent map of some world class terrain. You can tell they really worked 110% on the three competition maps.
Additionally, running with Thierry was a unique learning experience. I was able to observe first-hand his technique, at least the external signs of it. So much to learn from him. Merci bien!