The 2013 British orienteering season has started! After a few months of pushing tired legs around tough Scottish forests, it was finally time to rest up and go flat out in the faster southern English terrain. I was confident before the weekend - I've done the hours in the forest with a map in hand and I'm also running PBs in my regular intervals sessions.
|The sprint race podium|
Photo credit: @sussexsprints
The weekend finished with the relay which is often an afterthought for me. I usually run first leg for Harlequins and although it is a good race, the real battle occurs between other teams on the second and third legs. I'm not entirely sure why but a lot of the top women seemed to be toeing the first leg start line and it ended up being one of the most fun races I've ever run. Despite some tired legs, we all really went for it crashing though the hilly ~5km ish course in under half an hour (pretty speedy for orienteering). I came out on top, but only just, and helped by the steep incline in the last few hundred metres.
|First time in the 2013 Arc'teryx racing kit (Cita tank and solita shorts)|
Photo credit: British Orienteering
So with two good days out of four I can't be too disappointed. I'm yet to start proper sprint training for this year and I think my forest orienteering is closer to 'clicking' than the results suggest. I just haven't yet got the right balance of speed and discipline with the map.
Some selections for various international competitions should be announced soon and I hope I'll be on a few lists. If all goes to plan, I've got an amazing few months ahead. Despite previously posting here that I was fully focussed on orienteering, the hills have tempted me back. I'll post again when things are all confirmed but I'm seriously excited to be running for Arc'teryx again in an equally bonkers set of races as last year.