Orienteering - race 1:23:22  6.5 mi (12:50 / mi)
Scottish champs and woc selection races. 2nd.
Shitty shitty shit shit shit. Crappy crappy crappity crap crap crap.
1, 2 good. 3 way too high - 1min? 4, 5 good. 6 good - high route with ride then straight on. 7 slow, through deep heather the whole way - straight route. 8 fine. 9 was tricky, finding a boulder in a field of unmarked boulders and root stocks. On a good line, but saw the drinks point just infront of me. It was marked on the map as 100m beyond the control, so went backwards. Was eally confused. The only boulder big enough to be mapped had no control on. After 2 mins + of hacking around realised the drinks point must be wrongly mapped, and ran on to the control which was at the drinks point. The descriptions show the control to have a drinks point, so had i realised this i would have known that the map was trying to say that there was a drinks point at the control. Marking a drinks point on a map 100m away from a control, when the drinks point was at the control is wrong. No cup is supposed to be shown. The drinks point is indicated by the descriptions only. I know this from the countless wre's that i have done. I would expect the controller to know this. It is pretty basic stuff.
The rest of the race was dire. I was so annoyed i ran on and duffed the next one by about 90secs, then went straight on 11. i ran it quite hard as i was so annoyed. 12 tried coming in from above. Poor. 45secs. 13 should have stuck with plan to go totally over the hill. I had the running still, i was so annoyed. Went round. Stopped too soon. Shite. 90secs. 14 ok ish. Bendy route. 15 poor mapping of veg change near the control. V confused. 45 secs. 16 bendy route. 17 shite. 30secs. 18, 19 fine.
Get to the finish. No splits. Emit hasn't worked. Exactly the same as happened to me in 2008. emit really is shit. I'll wait to see the gps to see how i was doing but i reckon i lost a healthy lead at 9.... actually i had a lead of about 2:15 at 8, as i punched just after hollie. To add insult to injury it is sunday night and winsplits has attempted to hide the fact that i have no splits by giving me the splits that i would have done had i been a set %tage behind cat all the way around, making me look like a total punter! how embarassing!
I'd much rather be a mispunch thanks!
8mins lost. I am so frustrated. Feel things are going backwards rapidly. i am angry with the shite drinks point mapping (the controller didn't seem too fussed by it. Four of the women's top 10 lost lots of time there - that is shit!!!). i am mostly angry that i let everything i had worked for go out of the window by running angrily for the rest of the course and f-ing up left right and centre. Really don't want to go to woc if i am going to disgrace myself orienteering like that. Everyone says "you should be pleased because you got 2nd". they don't really get it though. I orienteer to see how well i can do. That's what interests me. How well i do against other people is of no interest. a wobble at no 3 apart, i was orienteering beautifully before 9. everything i had worked on with t i was doing. It was great. Then i threw it all away. Got to get better!