Challenging myself   Leave a comment

This trip is, more than anything else, a challenge for myself – I want to see how well I can perform as an orienteer when I’m really trying and I have no excuses. Over the coming week at the Lakes 5 Days I’ll definitely enjoy the scenery, do some shopping, and get some fresh air, but the main focus will be on racing to the best of my ability, because I don’t know when I’ll be able to do so again.
Why? First, I’m not getting younger. Second, my family deserve to get more of my time, so I’ll probably be cutting back on orienteering activities over the next few years. Next time I travel for orienteering Roni will be with me (I hope), but soon the two smaller children will be of travelling age and our trips will have different goals.
Part one of the challenge – preparation – has passed almost perfectly. As soon as I made the decision to travel (10 weeks ago) I prepared a training plan and stuck to it, despite having a baby in the middle and our usual hot weather. Physically I’m as ready as I can be.
Mentally, I’m here (almost – I’m writing this on the plane) with a heavy heart. Roni will have a tough week alone with two small kids (aged 3 years, and 7 weeks). In addition, there’s a war going on, though it hasn’t yet affected our lives at all. Coincidentally, the last time I travelled to the Lakes 5 Days, in 2006, there was a war on as well. On that occasion, I also left behind a wife (different one) and small child to take our national team to WOC 2006, and continued from there to England. The cease-fire agreement was signed on the day I returned. Roni says I should take the hint – every time I have tickets to England a war breaks out. We’ll see in 2018…
In 2006 I ran well and finished 15th in M35L. This year I’m probably fitter compared to my age group (M45L), but there are more competitors (over 60) so I don’t know what place I’m aiming for. Top 10? 20? I’ll be blogging with my routes over the next few days, and I intend to run some of the races with my headcam as well. Let’s go!

Posted 02/08/2014 by dchissick in Uncategorized

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