Running27:29 3.19 km (8:37 / km) +1m8:36 / km ahr:102 max:148
Orienteering12:07 3.56 km (3:24 / km) +7m3:22 / km ahr:168 max:179
WOC sprint qualifier, 4th.
Not a huge amount to say, I was clean and I ran hard but not flat out. It was getting a bit warm but wasn't too bad out there actually. One of the better qualifying courses I've seen and very tight to qualify in my heat. Minimum stress.
Running24:15 3.95 km (6:09 / km) ahr:114 max:127
Running26:34 5.21 km (5:06 / km) +7m5:04 / km ahr:121 max:151
Orienteering14:56 4.33 km (3:27 / km) +2m3:26 / km ahr:174 max:183
WOC sprint, 10th.
Bit of a difficult one to process.
The rain started before the first man and with it came much cooler temperatures, so I was pretty happy about that really. I felt good on the warm up and was excited for the challenge.
The wet cobbles and crowds were more stressful that I would have liked but I started ok. I missed the alleyway to 7 due to a pedestrian blocking the entry but minimal time lost. To 8 the best route went through an opening that they had opened for the race - basically indoors through some corridor. I ran in and got to a fork with no indication of which way to go and took the right hand fork down some steps into a restaurant kitchen. I lost ~17 seconds to the fastest time on this leg and a big chunk will have been this. I wasn't the only one who did this and it 100% needed to be taped or marshalled.
This made me more stressed and it was difficult to relax and let it go. I ran the next section well but ultimately pushed too hard and didn't see the blocked alleyway to 16, running down the dead end. I lost 22s to the fastest time on this leg and that was the medal chances gone.
I went back through the corridor by 7 on the way to 17 and this time I was certain I knew the way. Except I didn't, ran up the stairs to some landing and then back down, losing more time (+10s to the fastest on this leg). I'm not ashamed to say that my language at this point was far from PG.
So 10th, +38s to gold and +18s to the medals. I'm annoyed about that corridor, but ultimately my performance could have been a lot better if I hadn't let it affect me as much. That is sport though, sometimes things just don't go your way.
I don't want this to sound like sour grapes, it's just frustrating. Ultimately I could have controlled things better, it was a stressful race all around - so full credit to those at the top. I could have been better at controlling my race. It's a missed opportunity, but I have another opportunity tomorrow.
Running3:34 0.46 km (7:47 / km) ahr:113 max:121
Running18:58 4.0 km (4:44 / km) +10m4:41 / km ahr:119 max:128