Really flat and fast. When I left 6 there were thorns blocking my exit to the left so I went up and over the hill. The trail probably still would've been faster.
Almost lost it on 20 when I climbed over the ditch and thought it was the green spur. And the shallow reentrant had become a swamp with all the rain, so I was hesitant to cross it. But after not seeing any flags I decided to keep going.
Peter's final day out here. So I took him on a run up Mount Minsi to see if I could finally break him ;) Looks like he was able to hold out until the end. Although he admitted he was close to throwing in the towel.
The plan for this was for a hard workout, but not necessarily going after my records. So I was very happy to see that I was only 3 seconds off of my record of 16:30, and the effort this time round was significantly easier than when I set that record. So that's progress.
Really good feedback today. I felt physically strong, really strong. I was holding to about 85-90% of race pace today. Technically I felt in control the whole time despite the fast(er) pace. This isn't the most technical map, but the physicality and stands of dense pine make it a lot trickier in some spots.
I did have an error on 12 though. Not sure what's happened, but there are several very dense stands of beech growing between 11 and 12 now. That pushed me off my bearing and I found what could have been interpreted as a cliff.
Rough Translation of some good advice received in Spain.
TEN BASIC MENTAL ASPECTS OF ORIENTEERING
1. Your SELF-ESTEEM does not matter to others, only your results. Value your effort whenever you do things well and whatever the result may be.
2. If you make a MISTAKE of any type, it is not anyone else’s fault, only yours. Learn from them and apply what you have learned.
3. FOCUS ON THE TASK AT HAND, not on the result. If you improve these tasks, the results will come by themselves.
4. The relationship between training and results is not always fair. GET USED TO IT.
5. DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE anyone. Everyone can beat you.
6. If you always do the same thing, you will make the same mistakes. DO NOT STOP LEARNING, EVEN WHEN YOU WIN.
7. Always do your own orienteering in races. DO NOT THINK ABOUT OTHERS.
8. You are the one who best knows how to do your best. SELF-CONFIDENCE.
9. You must always THINK POSITIVELY.
10. Have fun training and competing. MOTIVATION is fundamental.