Orienteering 1:55:00 15.31 km (7:31 / km) +1022m 5:38 / km
French selection race in Pré Poulain.
Oh gosh, what a day.
In the morning I was coaching our juniors here in Neuchatel on some test we have to do with them for Swiss Olympic. Then I jumped in the car direction France. I arrived in Arith (competition center) 45 minutes before my start. I believe it is a bit tight, but think it is ok. I grab my thickest raincoat (it is pouring buckets) and walk to the registration, feeling a bit dizzy/tired from the long intens drive through the rain. I am getting informed it is a 50min walk up to the start, 475m climb and 3.5km. Uh, that's not the best info. OK, now I need to hurry. I change in a no-time and start the climb. At first it aches, calves are burning, my lungs don't want to function. But bit by bit, I feel better and I run up in almost racing tempo. 20 sec before my call in I get to the start. Uh, 3mins to rest and to focus on the upcoming task.
I start, the 2 first controls are ok, but gosh, it feels more like a treasure hunt. I run a bit. Stop to read the map, walk a bit to relocate, run, read, walk, run. I catch up Andreas Ruedlinger who started 2min before me.
By the 3rd control my ability to concentrate is gone, until the finish. I survive from on control to the other, whithout any flow, getting a bit lost several times on each leg... but I don't even bother, my prospects to be fast are gone, I am only trying to enjoy the adventure, the treasure hunt.
Quintessence: for this type of terrain I was definitely not well prepared enough. I had a tough week at home, didn't sleep well for several days and spending the morning 200km away doing something totally different and having only 5min to get ready on the spot are the worst things to do.
But anyhow, I don't really regret it. I had to fight strongly against myself. Next time I will be recovered I might feel like I will be flying :-).