Luck   2 comments

How to win a championship:
1. Prepare. Work hard, because you never know when you'll need your training to kick in.
2. Never, ever, ever give up.
3. Make less mistakes than your competitors.
4. Get lucky.

I won. Maybe I was lucky, but maybe I was unlucky as well. Maybe the luck factor evened out over two days, and I won because I was the better orienteer. And, as I expected, it was fun.

On day 1, at control number 3, I lost 10 minutes (a full analysis later on). "There goes another championship", I thought, and then "if I can lose so much time here, then so can everybody else", and then "don't give up". I followed Pavel Levitsky (started 4 minutes after me) to control 4, let him get away at 5, and then ran away from him and started orienteering properly again. I finished the first day in 4th place, 8 minutes behind the leader.

Day 2, Srigim – mostly a totally new area, and probably the toughest course I have ever run in Israel, taking both the orienteering and the physical challenge into account (all credit to Noam Ravid, who planned it, and to Petr Matula for the map). I missed a few of the first controls (2, 4, 7), but kept cool and recovered quickly in all the cases, and then stopped making mistakes. I was running slowly, but even for that I felt that every kilometre of preparation had been necessary. My competitors made more mistakes, so I made up the deficit, and I am the Israeli champion in H40 (note – Wim Vervoort from Belgium beat me. Congratulations!) for the first, and probably the last time – next year I'm probably organising, and the year after that today's H35's will take over. My route is below:
I was unlucky at control 3. Maybe I was lucky that my competitors made bigger mistakes at other controls, especially on day 2 – or maybe I won because I was the best at concentrating and not messing up on this course. It just shows that you should always try as hard as you can, because you never know what is happening to the others.

As I expected, Roni made the podium in D21C with 3rd place, because when you've orienteered at WOC level, and your body suddenly slows you down to a walking pace, it gets much easier. Well done – but give them a break and go back to D21A after he's born!

Posted 27/02/2011 by dchissick in Uncategorized

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  1. Anonymous writes:Wouldn't it be easier to run the leg from 20 to 21 along the road to the east (going back toward control 19)? Granted, it is a MUCH longer path, but with much less climbing, virtually no orienteering, safe attack point going into the terrain at the intersection with the path southwest of control 22 (which you can scout on the way), it seems like a reasonable choice considering the break-ankle terrain that is Srigim.

  2. I thought about it, but attacking the control would have been more difficult (the intersection is too far) and the climb wasn't that bad. This was a fifty-fifty route choice…

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