Orienteering (bush) (Gribskov) 1:04:56  *** 4.64 km (14:00 / km) +43m13:23 / km spiked:14/17c shoes: Salomon Fellraiser black/blue
WMOC forest model event
A very leisurely pace around the model event for tomorrow's race. Checked out the different vegetation (although the rides are still varying in distinctness, more visible after a couple of hundred people have been along them) and mapping (the faster green stripe symbol was used for areas with small or large amounts of fallen branches whereas the slower green stripe was used for thick clumps of ferns).
Mucked up the first control by attempting to go around the hill but had already forgotten that with 2.5m contours, the hill barely registered, and also 13 where I crossed a track that I wasn't meant to and then kept on going (had thought it was the first track but it was the very obvious second one).
The advertised climb of 110m on this course was far from what my Garmin recorded. Perhaps the setter also didn't realise the contours were not 5m.
For some reason I thought it'd be a good idea to go out for a long, tiring ride in the warm afternoon the day before the long final. To be fair, I hadn't planned on going this far (probably) and was just doing some map reading practice on the one forest remaining on the Farum map but when I got there, I discovered it was an actual mountain bike park so I had to go and ride all the trails (well a lot of them). One of the activities I did was to hop onto a section of single track (sometimes mapped, sometimes not), ride it to somewhere and then try and figure out where I was on the map by the end. Seemed to work okay. Loads of MTBers out there and not just on the nicely groomed tracks - I was encountering them on tracks I thought no-one would ride on (including one rooty, windy piece of shit that I really enjoyed but was *very* slow).
Also managed to find a heck of a lot of bridle trails and they're not the easiest surface to ride on given they're mainly sand that has been chopped up by clipetty clops. Seriously, if this forest isn't mapped for MTBO then the Danes have far too much forest. Shame that WMTBOC next year is over the other side of Denmark but then I probably would have breached some kind of embargo if they were using these forests.
Calf was sore earlier in the day (hence the decision to not run at the model event) and still a bit sore now but I've offset that with tired quads.