Orienteering race 40:49  *** 6.53 km (6:15 / km) +285m 5:08 / km
spiked:19/22c shoes: Inov8 X-Talon 225 (Red)
Euromeeting Chasing Start. Started 25th, finished 19th.
Started ok, just using the Swiss guys in front, allowing Ojanaho to take the lead into the control as I knew he would be the guy to follow for the next through. He put a big effort in to 3 and strung the group out a bit. I was quite hesitant here and reckon I could have picked a better line over some crags instead of getting stuck in the train, but there wasn't much point in wasting the energy. All fine through to the butterfly, and I hit it 2nd in our group, just behind OO and then we split. I was leading the pack from here through the first butterfly, catching sight of the group ahead coming into 8, and I could see them 30s ahead through to 12, but I messed up the line back to the butterfly and then had a 40 second gap to close down, which over the next section just wasn't going to happen. Started to fatigue in the marshes as a couple of Swedes took the lead of our group, who then lead it through to three controls to o, where I picked a bad line and lost a couple of paces, then missed the 2nd to last and allowed two of them to get away.
Pretty happy with my navigation on the whole; just focusing on my own thing through the butterfly, but then you didn't have to do too much nav on the longer legs. Good fun though, I'm a fan of this format, though an extra butterfly loop probably would have been good to split the packs a bit more.