- leg 5(1)
- OK Linne 3
Pretty solid race. Didn't go all out and was a bit reserved, making sure of the orienteering. Really solidly read the map and just moved nicely to get a decent result.
Basically started off calmly, once I got the map I just got my head into it and made number 1 as easy as I could as had been suggested in the team meeting. That worked. Saw Simon (co-leg 5 runner) as I was leaving it. Tried to keep 2 simple as well but didn't execute it as well and lost 15-20s going too far round the hill. There were people everywhere on the top of the hill but I knew where I was heading. Line not perfect for 3, staying lower on the hill would have been easier running but got the control well. There was a melee to punch it though as everyone was trying to arrive and leave in the same direction. On the other hand this meant I was in a train for 4, which was of course gaffled.
Had to be straight. Picked the features on the line and got within 15m of it. Saw a control, felt a little wrong but it was mine. No prob. Decided to keep out of the green for 5 and kept a decent pace on the path. Dropped a few people in the forest but then was with a guy all the way to the spike. Again solid on 6, read the features and stayed on line nicely.
7 was weird. I dropped a little low, saw the knoll but the feature of the control was massive. Climbed up into it. Stayed high for 8 and then was in a huge train heading for 9 with a couple of Tullinge guys around. Took the right fork of the train, but it all came back shortly after and we lost a position or two. I got them and more back jumping down the crag into the control.
Pace was picking up now and the train split on 10. I say split, maybe disintegrated is a better description. I just went straight, saw the crags and control was easy then. It all came back together on 11 but I was further up than I had been and took the left option for 12.
Maybe a little too far left but speed was good and gained more places so it was ok. Reckoned we were due a gaffle so a bit more careful on 13 but it was still moving nicely. Got my line wrong out of 13 though and ended up having a curve around for 14. I knew what was going on so not too much hesitation though. Tried to floor it for the finish though I didn't get up too much speed. Very enjoyable.
Best 3rd team in the relay which was a nice little reward. I was better than all of the 5th legs on the 2nd team and 2-3 mins down on most of the first team guys. Would have improved 4 of the top 10 teams to have me on them :p