IOC Middle 2019
Joint 3rd (2nd Irish)
Feeling motivated to run hard today, there was no other option.
To 1 I got the top of the hill but felt the control was a bit further after the open area than I expected so a couple of seconds lost. Got 2 fine and to 3 went left of the green before staying too low and crossing the wall before having to climb up to the control. Good through the next section of 4, 5 and 6, no issues. Hit the track to 7 and followed it around but then didn't concentrate or check my map cutting in and ended up too low, had it in my head that the control was closer to the open, it wasn't.
Followed the elephant tracks to 8 and hesitated a bit before 9, the white forest had lower visibility than that in which 8 was located. Saw the fallen tree and ran to it. Drifted a bit left to 10 but knew i'd done it.
Had looked at the long leg on the way to 7, and decided on straight. Some good running up the hill next to the dark green. Then a bit rougher down the hill and also up the 2nd hill. There seemed to be a track at the edge of the white before the control. So hesitated. Could see there was more climb and realised the actual track was the other side of the trees. Not much lost here.
12 was scrappy, definitely hesitated and didn't really understand the map or find the drain i'd hoped to find, think I was lucky enough on this control. The next few controls were grand. And then 16 was another control in light green. Went to it veering close to the earthbank on top of the hill, and then took a bearing. Hit the 1st drain and then hit the drain with the control a small bit left, so some seconds lost being careful.
Rough getting out to the track before getting into 17. Went left to 18 and also left to 20. Comparing the splits I lost time between here and the finish. Could feel I was tired climbing up to 21. But gave it what I had left from here to the finish which turned out to be all important for a podium place.
Despite my interpretation of the race Attackpoint splits doesn't record a mistake but my running speed was slower. Think that's understandable. Impressive running by Paul today, very impressive, and a well deserved title for him. I'm definitely happy with my result.