Orienteering 38:52  8.08 km (4:49 / km) +77m 4:36 / km
JK Relay leg 3 with TVOC
Tom said he’d felt the long distance out there but didn’t seem too unhappy with his run, and James looked to have gone pretty well so set off not knowing where we were or who was around but figured some people would be.
I didn’t tape the ankle and it felt fine which was a great start, and I also didn’t feel too worried I’d damage it in this terrain, but took the forest cautiously to be safe.
Ended up tucked in behind an SYO vet who was moving well through the forest and we had the exact same gaffle. I checked everything and we split on one leg only for me to come in behind again, but the nav was smooth so I was very happy to sit behind.
We got out into the open and on the long leg I slowly started to move ahead, I hadn’t gotten to check his number but looks like he wasn’t on JK trophy but the course seemed very similar.
I was slowly edging away, and suddenly 1 or 2 others started to reveal themselves. Went through a couple of teams who’d clearly front-loaded, and then caught a Rajaimen Rykmentti top, and went straight through him when he took a poor exit. Heading back to the spectator he stormed past me and I upped the pace to try and hang on, and it became clear we had a race. I was smoother but he was stronger. He edged ahead after the spectator and I let him extend the gap when I took a rogue wide route to the control on the weird circular path. I was worried it was over then but made sure to push on and hope, this is why I asked for leg 3, perfect practice. Got the next one fine, and then as I headed towards the one in the ditch (3rd last), I saw him stop confused - I headed with some confidence to the spur end only to be foiled, and then see him punch it and run away, still with about 10sec gap. Alas, another opportunity missed. His line to the 2nd last looked funny, so I took my time, picked the feature and saw crowds around it, perfect, he’d missed it. Saw him coming up as I punched it so turned it up a few gears on the final run to the last and had enough to hold out. Great relay practice!
Sounded like he’d had a shocker on the long leg and lost 5-6mins.
All this while a bit hungover was a pretty solid return, and pretty happy with how the team did overall - 16th.
Nice end to the weekend, especially after yesterday. But still plenty to sort.