My legs are younger than my eyes   Leave a comment

I’ve been busy with some tragic family issues over the past few weeks, but now I’m trying to get back to normal and I have some spare time for blogging again.

After getting back in competitive shape quite quickly, I decided that my fitness is very important – as well as allowing me to enjoy orienteering races, it also enables me to avoid fatigue on normal work (and parenting) days and enjoy my time more. I’m trying to run longer distances, preferably in terrain, and I have a goal of running four 20+km single-tracks in the region by March.

Being fit enough, I also decided to switch to the Long course at national events, running H35 even though I have no chance of competing for anything. My first attempt was at Adi (the bottom map), where I first used a new compass with a magnifier, though not enough (see no. 9), and I really enjoyed the running despite some steep climbs.

Last weekend, at Massuah (the top map), the Long course was the longest and toughest here for ages – 10.2 km, and on tricky terrain as well. I was doing reasonably well until control 17, which was marked as a drinks control but was not. I decided not to take a risk and to detour south to the water on the path, and from then on my performance deteriorated. The biggest mistake was at 20 – I simply couldn’t make out the green (impassable cactus) on the map, due to a combination of my failing short-range eyesight and colour-blindness, and it took me ages to find a way through to the control. I still enjoyed the race, spent another couple of hours marking controls for a 123-control race we’re planning on an adjacent map, and didn’t crash into bed after the 90-minute drive home.

So my legs are now feeling 40, while my eyes are probably nearer 50. Meanwhile I’ll stay in H35 as long as I can finish the course respectably and read the map, or unless I get the itch to fight for a championship in H40 (which isn’t easy either).


Posted 01/12/2015 by dchissick in Uncategorized

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