Rainy and wet but quite warm. First a loop looking for #6 too soon, and then along the wrong hill towards #7..
Quite OK orienteering and reasonable speed/rythm until #5 where I was in 10th place, but then lack of fitness led to sloppy execution of the long #5-#6 leg and +10 minutes lost to the best runner and 6 places lost...
Warm and sunny, very dry in the forest.
Not so great on #2, probably searched for it too high up the hill and also too much south. After the shock on #2 also some problems with direction towards #3.
Firmaliiga today on the shorter course, just 4.0 km.
#1 a strange loop south before settling for the road as a good choice. Might have paid off to run at 90-degrees to the control-line in the beginning and use the road for the entire leg. Bad split.
#2 a little slowly to the swamp and steep cliff around 50% of the leg, then OK north on the narrow swamp via the big stone and entering the control circle via the small cliff. Good split.
#3 safe road-route until the lake, then a bit carefully crossing the wet bit and steeply up the hill to the control. Good split, could have been 30-60s faster with less hesitation at the lake and more speed up the hill.
#4 tried but failed to find the dashed path, drifted roughly in the correct direction but the 90-degree turn up the big hill next to the wrong lake is unforgivable. Mostly with help of other runners I find the right lake and the control. Much time lost, maybe +3 min. Should not let orienteering get out of control like this - must find clear land-marks during the leg before risking overshooting the control. Bad bad split.
#5-#6-F quite easy along the path. +40s on the short leg to the Finish is not great. More speed please.
10th overall is OK.
The second firmaliiga event this spring was held yesterday at Kattilajärvi.
I was on the E-course, and had no major problems on 7 out of 8 legs.
On control #5 I managed to spend three times as much time as the best runner!? How is that possible..
- First I took the wrong direction, by maybe 45 degrees to the right, out of #4 🙁
- Then I mistook the hill close to #7 for the one on the #4-#5 line, and took the path at almost 90 degrees to my correct direction 🙁
- When finally getting a grip on things again, around the 90-degree bend in my path, I think I am located somewhere north of the #5-#6 line, and I start to search for the control on the wrong hill 🙁
First firmaliiga event this fall. Overall very physically demanding with most controls placed high up on hills/cliffs.
#1 a bit of circling before finding the right control
#2 ok and safe route, but slow
#6 very long leg with one or two big hills in the way. A route-choice with more running along the road might have been better.
#8 I tried to plan a good route to this control on the way to #6, but other runners and poor judgement caused extra minutes wasted here also.
Firmaliiga result 45./59