Leg - 5(1)
Overnight boat from Turku meant getting up at 0530am (Finnish time) for breakfast and then on to the buses. We got to the field and were pretty much set up at 7am (Swedish time) with mass start at 9am. This was my first experience of a major Swedish relay so big thanks to the LS-37 guys for letting me join in with them. It's pretty tough to spot me but if you really focus I'm there.
Found the little kid on leg 4 who was handing over to me and then tried to fight through the crowd of people to the start kite. No problems to the first control and was picking the features well. 2 and 3 were ok too, knew where I was on the legs but maybe a the left option to 2 would have been easier with less climb. Pretty straight to 4. Then to 5 I was worried about messing it up for the team with a mistake going straight so played it safe and went the tracks route. Little confusion heading into the control seeing guys heading to the other forking. To 6 I used the track to get near the control again. 7 I found the earlier gaffle on the knolls but knew where I was so no big mistake and then across the re-entrant to 8. Looked at all 3 options to 9 and decided to just go pretty much up and over. 10 was a wobble, went a hill top or 2 too far but realised and came back, 50sec mistake. 11, 12 and 13 were fine. Then 14 I was a bit off line and when I got to the hill didnt see the control under a fir tree. Then across the open to 15 and 16. Sprint finish and found the map to hand over.
Started as the first LS-37(2) runner and finished as the first, despite being 3rd fastest for us on the leg.
First time orienteering near Stockholm and it's very different from the stuff near Lahti. Lots more point features in comparison and more detailed/crowded map. Was a good bit back on Roar and Magic today.
Good things are the orienteering, for me not on a 1:4000 map, was mostly good. I am fitter than I was a month ago, but still not fit and a bit pudgy, and moving in the right direction. And most importantly the hip didnt really give any trouble through the race despite pushing pretty hard. Its not quite 100% right but it's closer than before so being smart with it now
The LS-37(1) had a solid finish in 38th
, down a few places on last year, and LS-37(2) finished in 172nd
, which is up from our start number of 301. Impressive work by Magic to finish 2nd
overall with Koovee and by Nick to come 3rd
Got a jersey for the day so I looked part of the team.