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It’s championship time again – the coming weekend is the Israeli Championship, and this year it’s also the Mediterranean Championship (MCO), with orienteers from an unprecedented 21 countries due to participate.

However, we’re due for some very bad weather. February is the coldest and wettest month here, and we’re going to get soaked, not for the first time (2009 comes to mind). Until 2006 the championship was always held in March, but in that year it was moved for logistical reasons, and for no obvious reason it never went back. Now it’s too late.

The forecast is for heavy rain on Friday, lighter stuff on Saturday, and snow from 500m. Luckily the races are at an elevation of up to 300m, so that should be OK, and they’re also really close to home. I’ll be running H40 and trying to win, but competition from both my regular rivals and a few visitors is going to be stiff. The first day is a longer course than usual, because our course is also D21A for the WRE (which Roni is running, but only because it’s her regular category), and the second is a middle distance. I was actually toying around with the idea of running H35 in order to do the men’s classic 12.5km on Friday, but I decided that I prefer the competitive challenge in H40.

Last weekend I ran a warmup event at Alon Hagalil, adjacent to the championship terrains but not really representative. It was good practice for running on soaking wet terrain, and I took it easy and still managed to fall (on a path) and hurt my wrist between 18 and 19. According to the statistics I had the lowest mistake percentage on the course, but that’s not how it felt. My route is below:

20150214_AlonHagalil_Route

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Posted 17/02/2015 by dchissick in Uncategorized

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