Wednesday, July 21, 2010 4:50:41 PM
1st day, LONG distance
I expected it would be a lot easier, but I was wrong. I had a lot of problems in the beginning, especially through those small valleys. It was very hard to keep track on the map.
Middle-way in section 9-10, I encountered some very soft mud, sinking in all up to my neck. I was lucky another guy came behind me, who could pull me out of that quicksand . The forest was very humid and slippery. Had to be careful with all those fallen pine-trees which are very dangerous if you fall on them.
I finished 2nd with a ton of mistakes, Kristaps Berzins finished 1st with ~30 seconds i front, and behind me Filip Stevanovic.
2nd day was much better. This time I had much more control with the map, but it's very hard not to make any mistakes here, so I had some slips, but I didn't loose as much time as yesterday.
I seized 1st place overall with quite some minutes lead.
This was last year's EYOC relay terrain, but that didn't help me a lot. You just can't remember a terrain like this one, it's very wild, a lot of undergrowth, fallen pine-trees, many rocks, marshes. But that just makes things much more interesting .
3rd day was the day and night sprint.
As I said before, sprint is not my specialization. I'm not that fast for that. On the course I had a big mistake right to the 1st control and to the 11th. The rest went ok, I finished 2nd behind Kristaps.
Then came the night sprint. Batteries were all fully charged, both lamp and muscles were fired up, ready to go. To my luck, it was more in the forest than in urban area, like earlyer. I went calm on the first 2 controls to get used to the feeling of night orienteering, and then I unleashed what was left in me. I only had one slip-up at control 10, but the rest was ok. Because I had an early start, I had to make my own tracks, including bush and undergrowth. There was taller vegetation than me when I was climbing from 8 to 9, I was swimming in the green. But I felt very good fizically, possibly because at home I got used to train at night, because during daylight it's unbearably hot.
Map sprint: http://indafoto.hu/daniori/image/8696875-7a986c6f/details/xl/user
Map night: http://indafoto.hu/daniori/image/8696897-7bc5742a/details/xl/user
Results for night sprint (I was running in M18-20) : http://kopaonikopen2010.org/sr/bilteni/doc_download/22-results-night-sprint.html
4th day had the longest track.
It was held on last year's EYOC long distance terrain. It had some interesting longer legs, and also some technical shorter ones. But there was a lot to climb, and I think I was a bit tired from the night sprint.
I finished 2nd after Kristaps with 1 minute, that meant that I was still leading overall with 1 and a half minutes. I didn't had the best routechoice for control 2, I got confused in the green at control 12, and I mistaken in the SAME place as last year at EYOC at control 16. Last year I went left instead of right, this year I went right instead of left and ended up lower than I wanted. But this terrain had considerably better runnability than 1st day's terrain.
5th day - middle distance on the same terrain as the day before.
My overall lead was not too much, so me and Kristaps were head to head on this last one. Before start I tried to be relaxed, to empty my head of everything unnecesary. On course I tried to find as many distinct features as possible. Still I had a stupid mistake after control 4, when I suddenly realized I was at control 6. After that zig-zag I went a a valley to the right, than I was supposed to, but luckily I found myself with that rock fast, and I was back on track. At control 9 I climbed a bit more up than it was necessary. Until control 12 I was going with brakes turned on. After that I gave what's left in me. In the finish I was anxious to know Kristaps result, who started earlier than me, but he had lost a lot of time at control 7, exactly where I mistaken too, but I did not loose so much time there. It was good that it was technical, I tryed reading the map more accurately, but I stil had those mistakes. I won this middle distance with 8 minutes lead, so I was on 1st, Kristaps Berzins from Latvia 2nd, and Filip Stevanovic 3rd.
Results from all stages here: http://kopaonikopen2010.org/sr/bilteni/doc_download/24-overall-results.html
It was a nice competition, very well organized and a pretty nice number of competitors. But most of all, I came here for this terrain. It's very close to scandinavian difficulty, and it's very close to my home. It's also a very good place to have training camps, it's high in the mountains, and there's many good maps in the area. I'll gladly be coming back here whenewer I can.
I didn't leave yet. I'm staying here 5 more days for training camp. After that I go home and learn to drive, so if you're walking on the streets of Arad, be careful when you see a grey Opel Astra combi !