Orienteering race 48:34  ***** 5.3 km (9:10 / km) +150m 8:02 / km
spiked:24/30c shoes: Orange Inov8
British Elite Middle Distance Championships - Cademan & Thringstone Woods
If there is an area that was perfect for what I enjoy most in orienteering then that was it! Was such a fun course, I loved every second of it!
Was exactly the kind of orienteering I like - Loads of controls, really complex, changing visibility - Awsome.
Didn't have the best warm up! Got there in plently of time and went round the warm up controls and identified what was easy to navigate off. Then was about to start my drills and such when i got a nose bleed! Was actually ridiculous - I am so grateful to whoever the woman was that gave me her hankercheif and so sorry that I ruined it! So that completely distracted me and then I had to start my run as soon as it had stopped!
Made a few little silly mistakes like at 2 where i was stood just above it and couldn't see it. I needed more confidence in myself at the beginning to trust that I was in the right place.
Got into it through the rocky control pick part and got a better control flow going.
Messed up 12-13, and i'm really annoyed at that one because i was going straight to it and then i saw some people to my left at a control and went to it grrrr! Was really obviously at the top of the hill too so i'm pretty annoyed there.
Started to feel it at about 17 and felt the concentration going. Blew 19 really badly. Didn't know which direction I'd left 18 in so tried to head for the open but completely missed it somehow and was looking on the wrong set of rocks. Had to relocate from my number 6! oops. Then started to go staright from 19-21. AAAHH disasterous!! So ended up with a huge detour there when I realised. That bit of the course lost me a lot of time.
I must have got through the pain barrier by then because I started to speed up again. Caught up Charlotte & Sophie on the way to 26 which was a bit of a boost and spured me on. Couldn't really think much at the end and I have no idea where exactly I went to 29 but I ended up at the open which is where i was aiming for so that was good.
Since I'm always picking out the things I did wrong, some good points:
* 13-14 I was pleased with. I just got on with it and simplified really well, using the 2 crags and reeentrant.
*20-23 I didn't faff around for once! Ignored all the other people :)
*26-27 I had the confidence to leave the area where everyone else was looking and believe in myself that i was right! That is such a big step for me!
Came 2nd by about 50seconds I think so I was well chuffed that i came so high up even with my mistakes. I might not be able to run very fast yet but at least I can still manage to navigate! yay :)
Much needed confidence boost again. Also I'm really pleased that I pushed to my limit today and didn't wimp out of running hard. And so so pleased that my tummy pain didn't affect me. And really hope the selectors look at that race even though it was after FCC!!!