IOC Middle 2016
This was a surprise. 3rd!
Didn't think I would be able to orienteer well enough to get me onto the podium.
Went up the path to 1 and then could see the crag, nice start. Across the hillside then to 2, saw the control on the big boulders to my left, but needed to check where I was before getting the control. Slowish across the slope to 3, before downhill to 4. Ended up slightly too high when I slowed for 5, but was just above. Then uphill to 6. I didn't really see the spur so ended up right of the depression so had to drop back into it.
More uphill to 7, could see the boulders in front of me and the trees, but didn't see the crag to the right of it on the map. Saw Neil ahead of me here.
Based on the splits I ran well to 8, I stayed low to start and then climbed up from the stream to the control. In the distance I had seen Neil climb higher early in the leg but wasn't my plan to do that. Could see 9 leaving 8 but had sussed out that re-entrant on the climb up to 8.
10 I was lucky with Neil just in front of me. Wasn't 100% certain of how I thought the area would look. Then 11 was another good leg for me uphill. Easy control in the end. 12 and 13 were also easy before coming back across the technical area to 14. I was a small bit right of it in the end.
Then 15 was downhill. Not a leg I would normally enjoy as my downhill speed in orienteering isn't usually great, but today it didn't lose me much. Used 2 to guide me in. Bit hesitant then on 16, stopped sort trying to spot the stream junction, it was hiding behind a boulder from my angle.
To 17 it was along the fence, but got distracted by the control in the re-entrant where the fence turned, I did know it wasn't mine but still let it distract me.
Down to the forest then for 18. Climbed up from the turning circle, ticking off some of the other boulders on the map, then saw the control. Got 20 ok and ended up left of 21 on the descent. Caught Niall on the traverse to 22 before the final downhill to the last control. Lost a second leaving the last control as the track pulled me downhill. My finish split I wouldn't be happy with but legs not really in the shape for a fast finish.
Achilles could be felt throughout but I didn't let it affect my running speed or orienteering. On the way down to 15 I realised that the race had been going well, no major mishaps, so that made me concentrate more towards the end.
Never would have predicted a podium for myself today with so many of the younger (& older) lads running so well at the moment. It shows that when I can manage to orienteer well that it translates into a good result. Most of my races in the last year have been affected by silly mistakes so along with the podium I enjoyed actually having a good race.