Shamrock O-Ringen Day 3 - Crohane Lake Map
Starting 6s ahead of Nick Barrable, he was going to catch me early. My plan was to run my race cleanly and then we had a shot of catching Dave I felt.
Stayed in front to 1, and most of the way to 2, but he dived into the control in front of me.
3: Was a little high, and then got pushed higher by the re-entrants. Knew my distance from the big forest to the right. Caught myself on the high rocky one and then went down into the control. ahead.
4: right by the big rock and then in the valley. noted that i needed to climb a little into it. behind.
5: easy control but barrable was sloppy. ahead.
6: from yesterday I knew I had a bit on nick on the downhills so I kept it controlled here and read ahead here. Saw 8 as an opportunity to get away and get into the forest ahead an hopefully get out of sight. ahead.
7: climbing legs not feeling good. Got passed but he missed again and I was just behind going in.
8: sat in behind for the first bit, but then he hesitated and looked to go down the cliff. I went then on a much better line. Took the control well and had about a 50m gap now.
9: problem was had to do this and 10 before the forest and he could see me. Kept pushing across the marsh and kept my gap.
10: Didn't get the optimum line through the re-entrant and lost a few seconds.
11: Took the wrong route choice, which allowed him to catch me again. Was thinking of the fastest time and thought the forest could be slow (because of a sign at the start that said it was). Around was horrible. Really really rough, and Nick could see me and ran back onto me. Picked my way into the control and go it well. ahead.
12: out to the hill in the open and then to the cliff. ahead.
13: back to the hill, along the edge of the clearing. into the forest "WTF? this forest is so nice, dammit". ahead.
14: stayed in the forest as long as I could then cut through, past the boulder fields and into the clearing of 14. Barrable seemed to be just sitting in behind me now. Felt I wasn't going that fast here.
15: Straight. picked off clearings, but got confiused right near the end. Found one of the tiny clearings when I had been expecting my control. Stopped turned around and backtracked, was followed pretty seriously. Copped what was happening once I found some light. 1min dropped. ahead.
16: straight. earlier had been going to go around but the forest seemed good. Made a lovely hole in the trees for Nick behind me. The re-entrant led me in, and I saw the boulder with a control on it. ahead.
17: stayed out of the clearings to the left. popped in to the control and a surprised nick who thought he had another clearing to go. ahead.
18: straight. was slightly wrong about my angle off the last clearing and went to the single boulder. 10s lost and behind now.
19: Nick took an awful line out of the control (on purpose?) and I was back in front in 10m. Needed a good downhill, and this wasn't it. Coming into the control johnny and cillin were spectating right on my running line and they had to scatter to not get trampled. ahead.
20: Suffered with the tiny amount of climb but kept ahead, past the bug rock and into the control. ahead.
21:... Out to the most beautiful clearing. Up the ride was passed on the small climb, where I was suffering. Nick cut in, I went in after him, saw what looked like a clearing through some thick green forest (the clearing was actually the green). Ran around my perceived green. "Where's he gone?" finally got to the bottom of the green and saw the assembly on the end of the road. Hoped he had messed it up too under this green and into the control. Heard some noises off to the right and could only hope it was him. behind.
22: what had I done. Straight, gained 20s back on barrable, but it was lost, heard them clapping him in. behind.
Pretty pissed off with myself about 21 (still am on Thursday!). Felt I could have taken him if I had got that right. Also would have beaten Marcus, and not been 8 seconds behind him.
We had passed Dave somewhere and Niklas Serrander DNFs so I moved up to 6th overall. In theory good, but remove my 4 min mistake on Saturday and 22 today and I was very close to Conor overall (Yeah ok he had mistakes too). Need to keep those stupidities to a minimum. Orienteering was so good today, except when it really mattered.