Orienteering 1:04:37  6.6 km (9:48 / km) +270m 8:08 / km
Relay training with the Danes.
Got up the first hill okay and got my gaffle, was a slightly long gaffle and was a little out the back already so only had Brad & Emil going to 2. We joined lines, felt a little early to me, but about the right sort of area but turned out it was a different gaffle. Checked the code but wasn’t certain whether the descriptions on the map matched the codes so had doubts but in the end did go out and find my gaffle.
Could still see brad a little up, and got ahead on #4 but messed it up in the circle and so found myself closing down Brad at a slow pace on 5 & 6. We separated for a while but rejoined at 11 until the spectator at 14, I was tired now in the heat for sure.
Out on the second loop I crashed up the hill in the heat and ended up walking most the last loop.
Oi, that was tough. Still, happy enough I was able to keep the motivation which lacked yesterday.
This was the map we ran the 2 x middle races at the May training camp (Dælane), which I felt great in and had a really good race. Today seems incomparable. Little energy at the start and no energy at all after half an hour or so. It’s likely that the terrain (in particular bilberry) has grown up a bit in the last 2 months, but The difference is far too drastic for that to be it. I am quite certain it’s the heat - it feels so hot out there right now in the forest, but I’m probably a bit dehydrated too. I have never performed very well in the heat. I will try to get more water in and see what that does. I am hopeful there’s not any other reason for my lethargy in the terrain, cos I can’t think of any. Maybe I am just waiting for my good day.
Anyway, whatever it is, I’m almost glad I don’t have to run woc if I’ll feel like this, and kind of optimistic the spectator middles will be shorter than the woc middles. Hopeful.