It was there, the usual spring contest in Hungary, nowadays the only two-day event in our home attracting more than a thousand competitors...
I started in men elite, where it was very special now; the normal categories had two classic distance race, but on the 1st day we had middle.
The course was really tricky, the terrain has a special part owning lots of detailed contours: small valleys, re-entrants, knolls, spurs with a vegetation of bushy and semi-open areas.
I started early and it gave me a special feeling to focus only on my orienteering, on my own route choises and tactics. I felt self- confident thanks to some mental exercises from my coach Magda. On the first control, I took a good route choice - where almost no one of the competitors has gone - and won about 20 seconds on the others.
I catched a 2min earlier started runner at the second, but thank to the bad visibility a did not see him until control 4 where I overtook him finally.
The first two controls where in that challenging area, but the 3rd and 4th controls were out from here, in a flat and much quicker part. I think the km rate changed here to under 6min/ km. Apart from not being sure before the third (10sec.) I did not miss here, and had best split to control 4 (2:08).
The fifth control was much different, a longer leg with some route choice. I focused to stay in direction and headed a bit south for not to get so mush uphill before the control.
Control six was OK, but to the 7th I lost contact and had to relocate:confused: , lost about 1min - 1min 05' to this control. The 8 th and 9th were again out from this tricky area, I cought them flawlessly.
To control 10; there was a route choice, where I headed north instead of going along the valleys which lead to the control. On this uphill I began to feel really tired and was hard to concentrate on the map. I saw the flag from far, and than there were only the two remaining controls (11 and 12) in my mind. I tried to push hard to the 11th and got the control without problems.
The very last uphill to the 12th was killing; the sun was shining hot, and it was so steep and 1-green that I had to use even my hands to climb up. I only tried to stay in contact focus on the map. "Come on, you can do it its the last control to find". And after some hesitating before the pit I finally got it:star: and had only to sprint down the hill to the spectator control and to the finish.
I felt really tired because of the heat and the green areas but I knew it will be hard for everyone. It was a pleasant tiredness.
My teammate Adam has won the race, with a time of 34:32, beating Zoltán "Diesel" Dénes (36:06) and bestfriend Zsolt (36:26) I finished 5th after G. Józsa with a time of 37:24, which made me very happy. Previously I was not so sure that in the middle I can be on top among the adults.
Thanks to his 1min20' mistake at the end I' ve beaten Peter Vonyo who was in a very good shape in the last 3-4 weeks.
Of course I am sure that in international its even not enough for a success, at a Jwoc final I m sure that the winner could run around 30 minutes. But here and now the warm weather added to all the runners' time extra 1-2 minutes. I judge the race for me was O.K. and a god beginning of the spring season.
Sportdent results: http://postas.mtfsz.hu/postaskupa/2007/1resz.html
Result: F21E (37) 5.4 km 230 m 13 ep
1 Kovács Ádám ETC Egri Testedző Club 34:32
2 Dénes Zoltán KAL Kalocsai SE 36:06
3 Lenkei Zsolt TTE Tipo Tájfutó és Környezet 36:26
4 Józsa Gábor XOST Östmarka OK 37:04 5 Szabó András ETC Egri Testedző Club 37:24
6 Vonyó Péter PVS Pécsi Vasutas SK 37:59