Orienteering (urban) race (Kobenhavn) 16:45** 3.85 km (4:21 / km) +7m4:19 / km ahr:180 max:188 spiked:21/24c shoes: Salomon Speedtrax black/yellow
WMOC M40A Sprint Final
Ouch, practically a flat out running race. I'm fairly sure if there was a route choice (as per yesterday there were very few route choice legs) then I took the longer one (1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 12-13, 22-23). Minor wobbles reading the veg on 15-16 (actually I read the map correctly then misinterpreted the terrain - the olive green just seemed to be a rope around the edge of the grass!) and then brain fade on 22-23 where I decided the mapped pillars were actually a lower level wall and that I couldn't get through so had a major brain snap after already starting off on the original route, changed direction to go through a pass through then read the CP description (the control was next to a pillar) and realised my error but too late by then. Also changed my mind on the way to #20. Why do I keep doing that? Should just stick with my intended route rather than backtracking.
Was hoping for a top 20 finish and I got it but could have potentially been up around 16th given the small time gap from me to there. Ahh well.
Was going to do some hard riding but the sprint final ended that. Right knee sore (no issues on the bike) and tired quads, calves and hamstrings so I just took out the map that keeps on giving and explored the forest area to the west of the lake. If the Danes haven't made a MTBO map of that area then they should! Such a great track network - bridle trails, single track, rough, old and fast forestry trails, log piles - albeit on a small area then the little village next door. If only WA had areas like this. Came across one horse (and rider) on the bridle trail so had to backtrack and go around since she probably had right of way and I didn't fancy scaring the horse.
Encountered an elderly woman walking a dog on a trail through the grassland near the end who went off into a stream of Danish that could have meant anything from 'You kids get off my lawn' to 'You're a strapping lad, how do you keep so fit?' or 'It's so hot and unfortunately I didn't bring enough refreshments for both of us' but was more likely 'I'm sorry my dog keeps licking you'. I just patted the dog then went on my merry way.