World Cup round 1 in Tasmania

The World Cup year 2015 started already the 2nd of January, with sprint qualifications in Cataract Gorge just outside Launceston. The area was really amazing from a touristic point of view, but maybe not from a sprint orienteering perspective. Anyhow, I enjoyed it, and could cruise around the course quite comfortably to a 2nd place in my heat. Map. Results.

The final the day after was something completely different; a flat urban sprint around the University of Tasmania. I had a good race, apart from two controls, one where lost focus and made a stupid 10s mistake, and one where I couldn’t see the impassable fence on the map, even though I stood still reading at the control before (I do believe that it was too thin on the map, but I am not sure). Anyway, I finished 3rd, which was my best ever international sprint result, so I am very happy with that. Map. Results.

The competition venue then moved to the west coast of Tasmania, with a middle in Coles Bay and a long distance in St Helens. The middle was a disaster. It was the race I’d been looking forward to the most in this World Cup round, and I felt prepared, but already towards the first control I found myself standing on a slope way off to the right scratching my head and cursing. Then again, a big mistake towards the 2nd control (too far right!), and Magne Daehli caught me up with 2 minutes. Game over. However, I tried to stay focused and navigate for myself, but after missing number 3, 4, 5 and 6, being to far to the right on ALL controls, I realised something was wrong. After that I used Magnes back for direction as much as I could, and the rest was OK, but not more. A little while after finishing (after spending a couple of minutes planlessly wandering around the arena swearing) we concluded that my compass didn’t point north, hence my useless direction throughout the race. I am still a little bit annoyed over that, but what can you do? A 12th place in the end, not too shabby after 5 minutes of mistakes on a middle distance. Map. Results.

The long was a lot better. We had a monster leg to number 3 (3,8 km!), with no really obvious solution. I ended up going left, and I think that it was a good choice. I had a decent run, mostly good navigation (occasionally a bit sloppy with my compass, which led to some unnecessary timelosses), and I felt OK physically. Again, I ended up as 3rd, my best international long distance race ever. Actually, it was only my 2nd international long result as a senior runner (I’ve listed the international long distances since 2011 below). Map. Results.

Overall, I’m satisfied with my performances. I really feel that I have taken a big step forward on all disciplines, and I am already looking forward to the rest of the season!

 

 2011: Not selected for WOC long.
2012: EOC long 27th, WOC long DSQ for not punching the drinks control.
2013: Didn’t run WOC long, focusing on middle and relay.
2014: Didn’t run EOC long nor WOC long, focusing on middle and relay. WC in Spain voided (would have been 3rd), didn’t run WC in Norway due to back problems

17 Responses to “World Cup round 1 in Tasmania

  • Your map from middle distance is missing..!

  • Not anymore!

  • Was it the middle distance compass you gave to me? Thanks again by the way. :)

  • Nej, du fick den bra kompassen. :-)

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