WCup #1 middle distance in Poland
Started out careful and made sure to do the technical job solid. Still hesitated a little to the 1st control, but got it fine. 2nd and 3rd control went well. To the 4th I chose to run on the tracks which was maybe a bit defensive, but got the control well. 5th was ok, and the 6th I hesitated a little but got it ok, and to the 7th, the first really green control, I took it carefully and got it straight away. I had catched up with Lizzy Ingham at this point and almost forgot my compass running behind her out of control 7, but I realized and went straight to this control. Ran very carfully on the compass and got the control well, but maybe not so fast. The 9th was down in some green areas, so I chose to run safely and got it ok but maybe also a bit too defensive running. 10th I chose to use the path. And Izzy had catched up with me again. Down to the 11th I saw Lizzy going to fare left, and I took time to take a good direction, but I had moved my thumb and took the direction from a point further right than what I really was. Searching the control anyway. At this point Alva Olsson catched up with Lizzy and me, and I tried to do my own orienteering, but searched the 12th control anyway -> a lot of rocks in the forest which were not mapped and low visibility. So I guess I lost 1:30 min on these two controls together (have not seen any splits)
I also hesitated to the 13th control and Alva passt me, and she just had a higher speed and I did not see her for more than a few meters. The mistakes had brought me out of my concept, and I tried to pull myself together down to the 14th. 15th was ok, but into the 16th I did not understand the map and lost time on hesitation. 17th was spectator control, and to tthe 18th I got catched by Rudnaya starting 3 min behind me, she also with a higher speed then myself. I started to be really tired and had a hard fight up the hill to the 19th control. To the 20th control, I tried to be careful, but misunderstood the vegitation and lost again some 30 + secs. Catched Alva and Anastastia Rudnaya again here, and Izzy catched up again as well, so we were a pack of 4 runners going down to the 2nd last and last control.
39th place 7 minuts behind Helena Janson was my result today. I had not expected anything before this race, and I both felt and knew my speed was not high enough, and since I have practically run no compititions this season, my techinque was rusty and I was too carefull as well. With a clean race I would have been top 20, so that is the staus riight now.
MAP with my routechoices