Sunday, April 17, 2011 5:47:16 AM
Mapmaker: Daniel Griff
I couldn't ask for more. Spring break has arrived, nice weather, good map and an excellent practice planned by the Israeli CEO. There were even cookies at the start and finish. All I had to do was fill my end of the bargain, which meant run and train well. The practice was simple: a normal course on a dune map (the catch was the fact that all paths were erased).
I don't even know where to start my list of mistakes: I was a little hesitant in control 1, but I really started from control 5, and then 6, 10, 14, 16, 17, 18, 21, 24, 26 (I couldn't even find it) and 27. It wasn't just finding the controls that was embracing, my route choices were as if I was running a different course. The routes between 16 and 17, 20 to 21 and 23 to 24 were done without any real thought. I feel like I wasted a good practice, but at least I gained some running time in the sands with a map.
Friday, February 4, 2011 1:48:38 PM
I'm not in full shape at all, but I can finally run (which is a big plus).
Yesterday I went to an orienteering practice at:Map: Moshav Ben Shemen
Mapmaker: Daniel Griff
The map was path-less and the terrain was mostly good for running. My aim was to create a flow but I wasn't very pleased with the results. It doesn't show on the GPS but I was too slow to leave the controls, too hesitant on my way (controls 2,3,6,9 and 10) and too sloppy at the controls (1,2,9,13 and 14).
Today's race was much easier and was good for re-adjusting my running speed and my map reading skills while running.Map: Park hayarkon
Mapmaker: many but updated last Zef Segal
The pace was fierce (it felt good to feel the legs move properly) and I slowed down from the middle of the course by about 10-15 seconds/km. A fast course is fun as training for speed and no-oxygen-orienteering. I was debating throughout the course over the following legs: 4-5 (straight or around the hill), 9-10 (left or right- I think I chose wrongly), 10-11 (left or right of the second complex) and 12-13 (left or right). When running as fast as you can, questions seem to get harder than when looking at the map, but I think I answered wisely.
I have three more weeks to shape up physically and mentally for the Israeli championships. Next on my to-do list is getting my rythem and flow back in order.
Saturday, January 1, 2011 2:10:09 PM
Mapmaker: Cesare Tarabocchia
I actually missed the New Year’s run due to a sudden knee injury I suffered this past week. Technion-Carmel club constructed the first Israeli terrain-race. Not an orienteering competition but an actual race held in the forest, where the competitors run along ribbons without paths or roads.
The event was exciting. The women's category (4.4 km) was won by a 12 year old girl (!!!!), Rotem Meirov. The men's category (6.6 km) was won by Guy Sabo Bar after a head to head against a Norwegian competitor. The winning time for the 6.6 km of rough terrain was 30:50 minutes.
I have to mention the fact that an amazing 8.5 year old girl
, Liri Rave, ran the course (4.4 km) with a very good result.
After the race, we also had time for an orienteering competition and I decided to check my knee on the course. The Israeli squad decided to run the course as a no-paths route. All paths were erased from the map, which added to the difficulty of the race. I enjoyed the run and had no problems besides control 7 (1.5 minutes mistake), control 9 (couldn't understand the map) and control 12 (4 minutes mistake, I cut into the bushes with no real direction).
It's fun to start the new year with a good practice run.