Orienteering 1:28:18  14.17 km (6:14 / km) +250m 5:44 / km
POM day 4, chasing start long
I was in 4th going into this but Venla didn’t race today so actually started 3rd with Johanna 7mins and Rebecka 4mins in front. Mistake at 1, allowing the Halden girls to catch up a bit (~1:30 behind). Clean through the next ones and caught Rebecka having already made big mistakes by control 5. Left her on 7, where she actually made a huge parallel error so was on my own again. Okay then, mistake on 11 and getting tired and hungry already. Took gel on long leg to 13 and subsequently messed up my route! Losing my head a bit through phi loop and mistake on 19, where Rebecka and 2 others came through. Thought I was definitely in 5th now, and on my own again waiting for the finish to come to me. Made it through the final 10 controls without any biggies, hoping to have held off 6th place.
Was a nice surprise to find I was actually 2nd on the run in! And actually had almost caught Johanna too. Still not used to this long distance - always feeling like others must be going so much faster and better, and especially today when the times were so long for a 12k course.
Nice to finish POM 2nd anyway and have actually caught up so much time since day 1 :)
Flying back to Bristol tonight and will probably take a few chill days before Sheffield on the weekend. This has been a nice break.