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O-Ringen Örebro

O-Ringen Örebro

As WOC in Trondheim, which has been my main goal for the season, to my big surprise was not relevant for me; I had to come up with something different. A week before O-Ringen I decided to enter the races. My plan was to perform well on first stage – ‘Long’ distance (75 mns winning time) and the sprint on stage 3. The preparation since the selection races has not been WOC like but still decent.

See map and results.

25/7 2010 | Stage 1: The races didn’t go as planned. After a wobbly start on stage one I sprained my ankle at 4’th control, as I jumped down a 1½m cliff and landed badly on my right foot. As the rules stated that any runner not finishing one stage was not qualified to start on the following stages, the decision was easy. I continued on in an easier pace and with focus on not making more damage. Except for a 1½ mns mistake at 11’Th and 3mns at 14 I did reasonable, but the pace was too low.

See map and results.

26/7-2010 | Stage 2: (Middle distance) the plan was just to ‘survive’ by taking care where I placed my feet and instead focus on the navigation instead of trying to keep a good pace. Even after half a roll of sports tape secured around my right ankle and a couple of pain killers, the plan didn’t work for long and a mistake at 5’Th control was the start of a bad race. The lesson learned, which was similar to my experience from the middle WOC selection trial, was that I’m not focused enough if the plan is not run in normal race speed, and I do too many mistakes navigation wise.

See map and results.

27/7-2010 | Stage 3: (Sprint), Örebro Stadspark
The race I have look forward to and with the ankle getting better I believed I could do a good race. A lot of sports tape and some pain killers were on the menu again before the race. The ankle felt better and I didn’t have much trouble with it on the hard ground and even surface, compared to the rocky ground on stage one and two.

The tactic was to have a plan before I started any leg, and push the pace on the long legs. I got an early time loss going to second control. I almost crashed with a female runner at a narrow passage and my mind shifted to third control and I ran 5m up the wrong ally before I noticed the error and 10 sec was lost. I kept a good pace over the next section of the course, but had to see another 10 sec lost at 7’Th as I didn’t see the control behind the hedge the first time and ran half way up the stairs before I saw the control and had to go back down. A bad route to 9’Th added up to another 5 sec, I simply didn’t see the right alternative. The biggest time loss though was on the long leg to 13’Th where I was 16 sec of the pace. The right option going backward out of 12’Th was too long compared to the only slightly longer distance from the line going left along the river.

Even with 3 errors and a bad route choice I still ended 15’Th which is not too bad the field in mind, but I can’t be happy with my race due to the errors I made.

See map part 1, map part 2 and results.

29/7-2010 | Stage 4 (Middle 45 mns), Kägleborg
The terrain was supposed to be more run able, and the map samples looked great. From the lesson learned on third stage the plan was to go competition speed, and let the ground slow me down where it was too rocky for my soar ankle. After some hesitation and challenge by the rocky ground for the first couple of controls I settled into a good flow and my biggest mistakes were at the easy control 13 and 14. I didn’t quite manage to read the green boundaries going into 23 and I had to go to the road to relocate. Especially happy to see that I did a reasonable good job on the long leg to 9’th. Compared to 2’nd stage I can only be happy with the result as 20’th.

See map and results.

30/7-2010 | Stage 5 (Long 65 mans), Örebro University
The plan was to go hard from the start and try to catch up some time, as my legs and ankle felt better. Started out well but got surprised by flooding one the northern route one the long leg to 3 and lost a lot of more than 4 mns to the runners around me.

With time loss in the circle at 5’th, 6’th and 9’th control (a control most runners lost time on) I had by now been passed by more than 5 runners.

With a decent run on the last third of the course I was able to gain one place on the stage and ended as 38. Not quite a top 20-25 as was the goal before hand.

See map and TOTAL results.

 

 

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