Orienteering 1:28:50  14.45 km (6:09 / km) +250m 5:39 / km
WOC Long distance, 25th.
Good physical feeling throughout this. A bit surprised to have the short loop at the start before getting into long legs really. Actually threw me off a bit. Was scrappy to #1, before getting #2 and #3 cleanly. Saw my Ukrainian 3min girl exiting onto the long leg as I headed to #4. However, I then slipped on the wrong hill and lost 30s on #4. Stood for a while at the control figuring my route. Saw Left straight away and was about to head that way (biased by seeing the Ukranian), when I did a second check for alternatives. Spotted the route to the right, through th emiddle of the fields, which had a nice line into the control, so opted for that.
However, my exit to the road was very sub-par. Didn't realise quite how bad until I saw the tracking after, but yeah...a couple of minutes lost :/ Once through the fields, I opted to take the safer option out to the far W and the track which took me within 100m of the control. However, a bit more faff enroute to the track lost me another 30s+. Can see here that taking the terrain route was faster, and perhaps at WOC I should be taking that risk. I mean, when else to take it?
Nice and clean through the shorter legs and into the second long leg to #8. Opted for the track out to the road again, which I'm fine with as a decision. However, my line from the road through to the control again lost me a lot of time. Should have gone along the road further to shorten the terrain bash.
Was caught by Eveli at #8, which was disappointing, as I'd been feeling physically good. We ran together through to 10. Then the track option to the L on #11, out to the golf course. Here I could see just how she'd caught me, as as soon as we were on track she was 20m ahead of me! She cut through the terrain at the end of the leg, however, allowing me to sneak ahead.
We caught Aislinn just at the run through, and headed out on the last loops as a three. However, Evelii split from us to go straight, while I followed the fairway before following the line of the terrain down to the control, with Aislinn alongside. No sign of Eveli at the control, but we caught up my Ukranian 3min girl again (disappointed I saw her so early on , and not again until here.)
I got the wrong route choice back through the golfcourse to the third last. Very annoying, and not helped by the tiny blue stream on the map being very un-jumpable on the ground. And then, moment of the day, half way to the penultimate control, when the Ukranian suddenly started Maria-Sharapova-screaming with every breathe she took! Absolutely hilarious/horrifying, and led to a fast finish from me, as I was running for my life from her!
Happy in the finish, but with analysis can see I lost a lot of needless time on the long legs. Always room for improvement eh. Best long result for me since France 2011 (and honestly, that was an anomalous year!). So gotta be satisfied with the come-back