Friday and Saturday held the first events of the new Israeli season (we close our eyes and imagine that summer is over). My ankle is still swollen from WOC sprint qualification, which made me much more cautious in my run.
Mapmaker: T. Novak, M. Broulik, P.Prikryl
Year: 2007 (updated)
As I just mentioned, I was very cautious, which made my orienteering much more exact. I had no trouble finding the controls (besides control 13 located in a problematic part of the map) but my pace was in no ways good. I was running steadily on paths and slowly in places with stony or tricky grounds (controls 6, 8 and 12). Like Minna, as my mentor for this weekend, I just went on, to find out to my surprise that I won the race with a margin of one minute and a half. All I did was ignore all the rest, forget about the fact that others might run faster than me for now and do my best. Time trialing is all about getting to the end with the best time, not winning the battles along the way.
Map: Tel Hadid
Mapmaker: Sergey Yakimov
Today's race showed this much clearer. My ankle felt better and allowed me to run faster, but (and perhaps because of it) I messed up the first control by 1:30 minutes (partly my fault, for not being careful and partly the organizers fault for misplacing the start). I cleared my mind and focused on the next control. From that point on, I had a streak of winning legs, which eventually won me the course despite a terrible 12th leg (again partly my fault for not being careful and partly the fault of a not updated light green forest which shrunk).
The win today surprised me again and showed that orienteering can be won in all different ways. Friday was all about stability, Saturday was all about recovering from mistakes, but both were won by not letting go, not giving up- Minna's way.