WOC Middle Distance Qualifier
On the finish line I was quite disappointed with my run. Nothing seemed to have clicked during the race. I felt like I was bouncing from tree to tree and out of contact with the map for the majority of the course, with only one clean control (#5) in the more complex terrain. I hadn't run with a watch again (the altimeter makes it illegal), so it was a surprise to finally see the results board and realise that I was actually quite high up. The one thing going for me is that I had not made any major mistakes, which seems to have been quite important today.
1 - Found the scrappiest vegetation to bundu bash through. Stopped short at a ladies control on a knoll (which looked like a N-S facing marsh - huh?). Should have been quite a few seconds faster with more confidence.
2 - Dropped down to the path, and took a good AP at the river crossing. Should have contoured around below the cliffs rather than climbing over. More secs lost doing so.
3 - Slow climb out to the left along the slope. As a result was too low down, which I realised immediately when I got to the lower extension of the re-entrant. Some more secs.
4 - Got taken by surprise. Hadn't read ahead, and didn't know how to start the long leg. Was going north to the path before I decided on the western route choice, so I should have climbed immediately instead. The rest of the route choice was perfect, but my running was kak.
5 - Spiked it! Finally. Got 15th split for my efforts.
6 - Crossed the marsh and found myself going further west than expected according to the power line pylon. This gave me a good contouring option on runnable ground. However, lost contact with map (concentration!). Kept running and relocated on big open marsh, but then was playing catch-up. Thus slightly overran on the high side. My catch feature was the big hill ahead of me.
7 - Contoured and straight down the cliffs. Straight in, but not really very fast. Semi-spike. Found Novikov and Pavel halfway along (they passed me to #6) after Novikov went through his ankle. Pavel stayed with him.
8 - Contoured, but this time got caught out on cliffs. Immediately found a nice niche to descend ot the marshes below, but it wasn't the most direct.
9 - Down the main spur, but kept being pulled left onto the cliffs. Anoying. More seconds.
10 - Aced, but it was so easy.
11 - 'Aced', but once again, stupidly easy. Lost lots of time on the last two in running speed.
12 - Surprisingly 'decent' finish. The steep eroded downhill to start helped.
Ended up 26th out of 34. Beat USA, CAN, ESP, BRA, ISR, JPN, NED, CHN. So a good result, helped by the technicality and slow running speed in the terrain. The big problem was my lack of confidence in the terrain and in my running over it. Some proper racing here before WOC would have helped for this.
Long Q tomorrow. Hopefully lessons learned today will be utilised.
No HRM data once again.
GPS said I ran 4.3km.