Map: Beit Keshet south
Mapmaker: Uzi Schweizer
After a long delay I'm back with a series of posts, dating back to last Friday.
The first day of our training camp was a long distance test match. The timing was right (one week after the Israeli championships), since we are all supposed to have been peaking. Unfortunately, that isn't the case for me, but I've been writing about that for a while. My fitness is improving, but the distance (13.5 km) was a little more than my legs could carry for the moment.
(The watch didn't record the GPS because of lack of memory)
The run started terribly. I wasn't focused and I lost time on my first 4 legs. The interesting legs were the long ones (5-6, 8-9, 11-12, 15-16, and 19-20), as should be on a good long distance course. Except for 19-20 I was displeased with my choices. My problem was indecisiveness or perhaps lack of consistency. I was changing my tactics as I went along and gained little from every tactic.
5-6: The choices were running around from the east and coming from the north (clever choice), running straight (running less distance) or running around from the east and not wasting contours. What I did was somewhere in-between option b and option c. I detoured and then cut to the line. Instead of flying on the track I was zigzagging between paths and cutting through the terrain.
8-9: Three choices were running west of the green to the control, on the path and cutting through the green next to the control, running on the path and cutting through the open gaps. I chose option b but next to the open gaps I cut into them and couldn't trace myself after coming out of the green. I would have probably been better committing myself to option c.
11-12: Two choices were running around from the east on the path or the choice I made. I believe I took the better option but I should have been slightly more cautious in the small openings next to the control, I lost some time there. At least I was consistent.
15-16: The options were running on the road and choosing the departure point or running to the saddle east of control 6 and choosing a route from there. My initial plan was running on the road until the control (flying), but the terrain was calling out my name and I decided I'd rather run closer to the line and perhaps check out controls 17, 18 and 19. Again a mishmash of tactics led me to a loss of valuable time. I wasn't closer to the line, I wasn't fast on the road, I wasn't gaining contours, and even seeing the controls wasn't so helpful.
19-20: Finally a long leg I'm happy about. Debating whether to run east or west of the knoll, I decided to run east. I gained less height and my attacking points were clearer. I was pleased.
Conclusion: Orienteering is a sport that involves a lot of flexibility. Decisions change all the time based on terrain, fitness, orienteering, weather and visibility, but consistency is still needed. Jumping from one tactic to another leaves you sometimes "bold from both sides" (a saying in Hebrew). You lose out on both worlds.