Jukola 2018

Jukola this year was in an unusual terrain with lots of holes/sinkholes. Warm weather and very dry with a constant dust-cloud from all the runners all through the course and competition area.

+10 min on #1(130) after passing almost within the control circle, then wondering on what path I ended up, and finally catching up via the drinking-station at #2(37)

Wrong direction out of #2(37) and another +4 min on #3(129). Then quite ok for a while.

Smaller mistakes of 4+2 min on #14(39) and #15(152) where I found other controls not on my map before my own.

Itärastit Paloheinä A-baana

#1-#4 mostly OK along paths, #5 was a bit hidden.

Very close to #12 on the first try but ran past it and looped back for another try 😉

Stay tuned for Hollola-Jukola in one week..

Firmaliiga Kattilajärvi

Maybe too careful to #3 and #5, then some zigzag towards #8. About 2-3 min J-loops to both #11 and #12.

Warm and dry.

Itärastit Paloheinä

No major problems with the orienteering - perhaps a sign of too easy slow route-choices?

Firmaliiga Haukkalampi, E-baana

#1 first down to the path, then up to the control again. OK.
#2 same approach, a with bit of standing around inside the control circle
#3 OKish to the lake, then easy along the path up to the control
#4 The plan was to find the path north of the line, but execution is not so good, drifting around until the road. From the road the control was easy along the ditch.
#5 easy
#6 no good plan for how to find the control in an empty area of the map. The different swamps and white/light-green forest look much the same in reality.
#7 biggest mistake. OK feeling and on the map on the hill before the control, then within the control circle slightly wrong and up too high on the hill, circling back until the ditch before finding the control. No good with +6 minutes lost to the leader.
#8 - Finish. OK.

A bit more speed and no stupid mistakes will make for a top-10 next week... 🙂

Itärastit Ämmässuo

A fairly late orienteering season opening this year.

#1, #2, #3 fairly ok. Then slow on the side of the hill towards #4 - right of the line on the flatter top of the hill would be better. Down from #4 in an S-curve to the road. From the road no good plan through the green to #5.

#6-#7-#8 ok before checking out a false flag just before #9.

The ugliest squiggle is at #13 where I fail to see the 90-degree turn over the swamp that leads to the control-circle and instead cross the swamp almost straight north (90-ish degrees off course) and stop just in the to see a glimpse of #13 through the open flat woods. Looking at the compass before crossing the swamp would have been good.

Iltarastit Kivikko

Missing the control circle on #2 from the large stones about 75m away, +5 min. Then too large a detour to #5 and about +4 min there. Otherwise mostly OK. Maybe +12 C and glimpses of sun.

Iltarastit Solvalla

As daylight disappears Iltarastit moves to Sundays. +11 C or so. Too nervous right after stepping off the path towards #1. Then quite tentative towards #21. The long compass-legs 5-4 and 8-16 look surprisingly good.

Itärastit Salmenkallio

Zigzag around salmenkallio. Easy pace, but 8-9-10 looks pretty crooked anyway. Maybe +13 C.

Itärastit Paloheinä

Decent running for a change... I decided to run without compass on this easy map, and this seems to sharpen the mind and senses. 5th overall until control #3, but then dropping to 9th on #4 and 10th at the finish. The route choice to #4 is maybe too safe, driven by the lack of a compass (see also #11)..


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