Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Monday, September 29, 2003

Nearly perfect


I've had a couple of races that were nearly perfect. One of those races was in 1991 at Leksand, Sweden.

Here is the first leg.

Even 12+ years after the race, I have some strong memories of it. Among the strongest memories are feeling a bit unsure on the way to the first control and being really mad on the run-in from the last control. On the way to the first control I felt a bit unsure. I took a quick stop to read the map and to remind myself that I needed to be sharp and really pay attention to what I was doing. When I punched at the last control a spectator yelled at me, "Lidingo haengloeparen" (roughly, "a runner from Lidingo who follows"). Well, I hadn't followed. I'd caught a guy who'd started a few minutes before me right at the last control. That guy, who ran for another club, would normally beat me. The spectator figured I'd followed him around the course. That pissed me off. I ran the run-in hard.

My race was good, but not good enough to win. I was 2nd, which is good. But, I was 1:30 behind. I wasn't really close to winning.

I used to look at this map a few times a year to remind myself of my mindset when I was orienteering well. I guess that's another use of map study -- putting yourself in the proper mindset. I've got several maps of really good races that I like to look at now and then. All of them are races where I ran close to perfect. But, I've never had a perfect race. Not yet.

I came across this map when I pulled out a notebook of maps as part of my map study experiment.

The entire course is here.

posted by Michael | 8:08 PM


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