Since moving back to the South, I have been making the most of the good sprint training opportunities. Not only are there world class areas, lots of events but also Sarah Rollins (probably Britain's best sprint orienteer) lives nearby. This has meant that I have been able to measure my performances against her each time I go out which has been very fun. Obviously I don't know whether she is racing hard or just running at training pace, but it has at least kept me motivated to run fast!
Guildford Orienteers Website.
The next morning there was a Berkshire Orienteers park race not far from where I lived. I cycled there with my brother and ran the long course. I didn't get the chance to warm up as we were late, but I don't think it affected me so much. My plan was to always stay ahead of myself decision wise while keeping the tempo high. The first few controls were easy, but the white forest was not runnable due to the amount of stinging nettles. The course really got going out in the streets and I was pleased with all the controls in this section. There were only some small hesitations that would not show up on routes or splits that I know myself I need to improve on if I am going to become world class. I finished that section pretty pleased and then almost immediately proved to myself how not-world class I am. From 14 to 15, I didn't even look at the compass but just ran aimlesssly off into the corner. I was annoyed at myself, mostly because my legs were tired and did not appreciate the extra distance. I was annoyed afterwards as that was where really I lost it to Sarah - otherwise I was within 20 seconds overall. Results are here and click the map extract for route gadget.
here for results, click the map for routegadget.
Next week I'm off to the World Students in Borlange, Sweden. I'm running the long, sprint and relay. I'm wanting some good results, not just good performances. Sometime soon I really have to start producing them.