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A Medal by Default   Leave a comment

In the Israeli Championship I won a medal (Silver) by default. The top two competitors in H35 didn’t participate – Daniel Griff was stuck overseas, and Noam Ravid organised (he won the first day easily). But even fourth place is a good result if you take into account that I’m nearly 46…

The first day was the longer distance, and it was alse very hot and dry. My legs felt stiff and I couldn’t run at my best, but experience and stamina kicked in and I had a solid run, finishing the 8.8km course in 1:31:25. My only significant time loss was at 7, where the flag was lying on the ground, and according to the GPS track I passed by it and didn’t see the control before returning 3 minutes later when someone else found it.

During the race I had the feeling that my route choices (2-3, 12-13, 15-16) were terrible, but in retrospect they were good enough and kept me in the running. I finished fourth on the day, 5 minutes behind my main rival Nir Yasur.

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Day two was more of a middle distance style course, on faster but more technical terrain, and the cloudy weather moderated the heat. Knowing that I had to close a big gap, and starting early, I simply ran the course flat out and kept my concentration, and though it wasn’t a perfect run it was definitely the type of performance I expect from myself at a championship – 6.3km in 51:48. Nir, starting late and knowing my result, kept us in suspense until the last moment but finished 3 minutes slower and deservedly won the championship, gaining revenge for my victory in H40 a couple of years ago – by a similar margin, only in seconds.

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Posted 12/03/2014 by dchissick in Uncategorized

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Competitions as training   Leave a comment

Over the past week I’ve used two very different types of competition as training.

Last Saturday there was a local event at Kfar HaHoresh, near home (so near that we went with two cars). The event was a free order race, in which you had to collect all controls in any order, but I asked for the map before starting and planned a classic type course for myself and Itay Manor, whom I’m coaching. We were disqualified anyway, as the course skipped two of the controls. The weather was fantastic, the forest beatiful, and even though it was tough it reminded me why I love orienteering. This is the movie:

The course was 7150m, with 325m climb, and I finished in 1:06:46.

That same night I flew off to Singapore on a business trip, and I’m still here, blogging from the hotel. I did some treadmill runs and morning jogs, and then this morning I participated in a 10km road race . I was hoping to run under 43 minutes, and I finished in a net time of 41:44 by my watch. I think there may have been some misunderstanding at a U-turn just after 8 km, so if my result turns up as disqualified my real time is about 30 seconds slower, but it’s still better than I expected and was very good training.

Now I’ll taper off and prepare for the Israeli Championships on Friday and Saturday, knowing that I’m in good shape physically… which, as we all know, is not enough.

Posted 02/03/2014 by dchissick in Uncategorized

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