Chasing Start Analysis   Leave a comment

I prepared a graph based on the split times of the chasing start from Sunday (see my previous post):

The graph shows the time difference in seconds for each of the first four orienteers in my category, from the leader at each control. You can see very clearly that after starting within 22 seconds of each other, we were all together by the second control. Then I managed to "steal" the 7th control, and open a gap of over 30 seconds at the 8th and 9th. From that point on they started closing on me, until I made a small mistake at 13 and we all started sprinting for the finish together.
In my opinion I could and should have won. I was running alone in the lead, without looking backwards, and I don't know if they were actually able to see me, but if they could then the closing of the gap is understandable – I had to find the controls, while they saw me punching. However, the lead was still big enough, until I decided to take a safe route to 12, probably losing 5-10 seconds, and missed 13, losing the remaining 10-15 seconds. A 15-20 second lead should have been enough for the long sprint from 13 to the finish, but it was gone and Gil's speed advantage is evident in the graph.
3rd place out of 41 is still a good achievement, so I'm satisfied anyway. And I have no intention of working on my speed – it's a lost cause. I'll do my best with what I have.

Posted 13/03/2009 by dchissick in Uncategorized

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