Wednesday, August 5, 2009


The juniors produced some decent results in the tricky area. Salome and Sarah tackled the brown course while Zoe and Jess H did Blue

Jeremy was first on the Brown course. He had a great run with about 3 minutes of mistakes. Below is his route and analysis of his run:

Pre-amble: in looking at the previous map and based on the discussions at Garry's training (which I got second hand) the important things to use on the map were the contours and the two tree symbols for conifer and deciduous. I didn't use the tree symbols enough and was too preoccupied with the contours during the race.  I also didn't choose attack points well, especially when I had to cross a road just before the control (7,13,20). my average heart rate was 176 with a max of 187 and a climb of 180m. the dip in heart rate just before the end is where I broke my compass, and then ripped my trouser pocket trying to put the pieces of the compass into it.

this was how my race went:
copying: I battled to work out which map I had to copy - I think I was expecting a big BROWN in black pen,and I never noticed the control descriptions- so I wasted a good 25 seconds faffing.
2min45 was my copying time.
start - 1: I then went up the path and didn't quite get the distance tight to I turned off a thicket too far - I climber onto a boulder to look around, and spied a control to my left. I was expecting to see mine to my right, but I thought best check it out anyway. it was the wrong number. I headed back to the boulder direction and past it to the thicket. I went too low and saw the control off to the left. cost about 30 seconds
1-2: I should have cut straight down the hill, but I contoured a bit and battled through the green. I had to keep fighting the urge to head up hill and kept reminding myself that the control was near the bottom of the valley. I an still not sure if I went left or right round the thicket before the control. lost 15 sec
2-3: I wanted to use the fence as a hand rail so I aimed off right to intercept the fence earlier and make sure I went up the gully to the top of the hill. I hit the control spot on.
3-4: I caught up to Garry and he pulled me off to the right. I didn't see him punch the control and assumed that he was having a shocker of a run and was doing a grid search for the control. (he started 6 mins ahead of me). I went to the wrong re-entrant and then had to head back down the hill to the correct one. cost me about 30 sec
4-5: I took off after Garry to try and catch him and didn't concentrate too hard on the exit angle. I used the rocky ground and two trees on my right as a hand rail and then headed for the gap in the vegetation. it did feel that the control was too far round the vegetation, perhaps on the curved wall rather than the straight one.
5-6: I miss read my copying here and headed for number 15, which was just beyond number 6.I wanted to go high round the vegetation and then onto the path, and I think I went a bit too high. Garry was off to my left down the hill and seemed to make better progress, but I ran away from him on the path. I only realized my mistake in heading for the wrong control when I hit the valley, way too far down the road. I cut left and followed the river till I saw the control on my left, with Garry busy punching.
6-7: I took off after Garry (again) and passed him at the path junction when he stopped to consult the map. I cut left down the rd and then went right off the path just before the form line. Unfortunately I lost contact with the map and when I hit the road I veered left up the hill instead of right into the re-entrant. lost another 20 seconds realizing my mistake, allowing Garry to catch up, again. I think he punched before me.
7-8: Garry went right and I went left over the small spur. The small spur between the controls seemed bigger, but I hit the control well. it seemed obvious and I passed Garry, again.
8-9: I went left again and followed the vegetation round the spur and up the next re-entrant. in hind sight (and looking back to see where Garry was) I should have gone down to the path and used it as a hand rail.
9-10. I went a bit further up the re-entrant and then over the hill between thickets. I kept the dense vegetation on my right and saw the control from a distance. it felt like it was on the wrong side of the cliff, but I didn't have a chance to actually read the full control description. I need more of Garry's Control memory exercises it would seem.
10-11. in hind sight I should have kept to the right and gone round the thicket and along the fence as a hand rail. but I battled though the green and then used the fence as a handrail. cost me a several seconds I think. Ian was punching as I neared the control so I didn't need to think about the micro-nav.
11-12: I wanted to use the fence as a hand rail again, so aimed off right. a bit too far however so I ran further than I needed to. I saw Uge limping though the green and assumed he was on a path so I cut back to him, I never did see the fence. the control was higher up the hill than I was expecting, I thought it would be at the base of the hill. I think that a straight route choice would have been about 20 seconds quicker.
12-13:possibly my worst leg of the race. I ran hard to try and drop Garry, but it meant that I was not really in touch with the map. I ran past 8 and was surprised to see a ridge between me and the road, such that when I got the the road I was not sure where I was and had to re-locate, complete with a jog off to the right. By that time Garry caught back up (again) and I had sorted it out and could traverse round the vegetation and then up to the boulder. lost about 30 seconds
13-14: Cindy and somebody appeared out of a re-entrant that looked like the right one so I took off to where they emerged from, expecting to see the control in the re-entrant. when it wasn't there I had to re-locate again and overshot the control in my correction. Garry caught up (again) and led me into the control.
14-15: I used the power line pylon as a gate, and then the vegetation boundary just before the road as another gate. I followed the road for a short distance then decided to cut the corner. I left the road a bit early to climb the ridge, realized my mistake and went back the the rd, I needed to follow the rd until it curved (Attack point), then I cut directly up the ridge and attacked the control from the back.
15-16. I was lazy and headed back to the road, I ran down the road looking right for where the wall came through the rocks. I saw the control before I saw the wall. it would have been quicker to run straighter.
16-17: my exit angle was off and I stayed in the re-entrant which drew me off to the left. I was running too fast to keep in contact with the map to see that it was on a spur, not a re-entrant. Garry ran straight and caught up (again)
17-18: I went round the first hill and then headed for the second one. I misjudged the distance the control was from the hill and stopped on the hill to study the map before seeing that it was in the re-entrant to the right. I had to Race Garry to the control. he caught up (again) with my two mistakes in two controls. It was beginning to feel like I was leading him to all the controls.
18-19: I headed left straight down the hill without looking too hard at the map. I knew from reading ahead that I needed to run down to the road, turn right and then cut the corner. I crossed the second road as I exited the forest and then headed for the hill (my attack point). I was not sure how high up the hill to contour round. but I am sure that the control was further round then indicated. I didn't see the spur that it should have been on. I saw the control form a distance.
19-20: I ran for the road and bolted down the road, again trying to get away from Garry. I cut the corner, and crossed the rd heading uphill and contouring. I didn't see the form line indicating a hill on the spur and I went round the wrong side of it and dropped into the river. I had to re-locate to work out if I needed to go up or down the river. I got the the control as Garry caught up (again). I missed the hill as an obvious attack point.
20-21. straight up the hill and round the thicket (my attack point) then up the re-entrant. I saw the control from a distance and felt it was a bit high.
21-22. I started off down the hill fast to try and drop Garry, who was now out of sight. I tripped and broke my compass on a rock (and lost some skin) and then headed off right to the wrong cliff. looking back I saw the control and the correct cliff. I punched just before Garry. he caught up (again) (30 sec lost) I didn't have an attack point here and relied on my compass, which didn't make it to the end of the leg.
22-23. close to the end now I slowed down a bit and let Garry lead me into the next control, it was a very circular route that we took, and definitely not the best route.
23-24. I knew where to go now and didn't even look at the map. I should have as I would have seen that I needed to head off left to avoid the thicket on the hill. I lost 10-15 seconds here again having to go round.
24-fin. interference by Garry, who had again caught up cost me the run in.

So I could have been almost three minutes faster without the mistakes, but to not make them I would have had to run slower. not a bad run, and I think I would have been close to Nick, maybe even good enough to have beaten him.
Thanx Witsoc for a cool course, and to the lotto Ulf and Pieter for a cool map.

Thanks to Jeremy for such a detailed analysis. Hope everyone found it interesting and learnt something.

1 comment:

N said...

Nice to see that Jeremy now has matching top and pants.