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Thursday Jul 11 #

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Some more JWOC thoughts

Can't say I've completely happy with my results from the last week, to not better my result in last year's sprint is disappointing but happy with how I went about giving it a go.

Think training in general went pretty well. From basically September my training had been focused on this week and think I managed the big block well. Few interruptions with a bit of illness in December then losing momentum through the selection races but definitely got the peaking right and was the fitest I've been come JWOC/ in the week or so before. From the British Longs I think I only missed 1 planned run (an easy hour which wouldn't have changed any results at all) so really pleased with that, probably my most solid block of training ever.

Managed to get the orienteering balance a lot better than last year as well I think. Maybe could've / should've got a bit more in December/January time as I was going into MOM / early selection races having not done a huge amount of orienteering and that probably showed. From the selection races till JWOC though was pretty happy with that I got done, the 10 days in Czech was really good for me and definitely the main factor in bettering my forest results (thanks Athlete Support Fund !!). Also feel like I got a good amount of sprint stuff in, potentially could've tried to get in some forests but not sure how much I'd have gained from scrapping through some shitty forest.

Going into race week I was feeling pretty chill, knew the shape was good and there was nothing super crazy about the orienteering. Think I got the taper fairly right, pretty much a copy paste of last year and was feeling fresh enough at the start of the week (though always hard to tell I think). Don't think I quite felt the same excitement as last year but probably expected for multiple reasons. Most notable part of the last prep was thinking we'd found a leaked sprint relay map when it was actually just an incredible bit of map geeking.

Onto the races and the sprint relay was an uneventful start. Easy course and was running it sensibly so not much to note. Did a decent job for the team and still left a good amount of matches unburnt. Sprint was pretty frustrating. Super slow out the start trying to find a route to 1 and ended up with a bad one anyway. Didn't feel relaxed on the way to 1 then missed the staircase out of it which didn't help. Got into a decent rhythm from there, bit of faffing in the walled section but nothing dreadful. Knew there would be a bit leg coming up but just didn't give myself enough time to read it before I got to 14. Ender up with an alright route but then half way I thought I could get round to the right but missed an impassable wall so prolly lost 15s changing routes there. Overall a bit of a mid run, have been waiting for a sprint race to just click and don't think it has this season for one reason or another. Shame to end up with a worse result than last year when I feel like I'm much better at sprints now. But hey that's the way it goes, not much I can do now.

All the forest races were pretty stable but unspectacular. Long was much better than every other international long which is good progress, kept my head nicely and didn't bonk. Still some silly nav in places and added up to a fairly big chunk but think that's fairly standard for a long. Middle was some of my best orienteering I've done I think. Seem to have finally worked out how to use a compass which really helped and the main time losses were where I chose a route not on the red line. Think it's good though that my time loss is coming from there rather than an explicit "mistake" and shows some good progress, now just learning how harsh a middle is...

Relay probably the most annoying out for the 3 forest races, mostly because I know I could've ran a better race on my own. Wasn't an overly hard course and the nav was pretty solid the whole way round but just had 2 controls where I lacked the confidence to trust myself and my direction. Both times I hadn't taken the most solid bearing into a semi tricky bit but still thought (and was) where I should have been. Just saw boys running off in other directions and blindly trusted them. A more frustrating way to lose time but still progress, it was a technically good run just need more faith in myself and my new found sense of direction.

Not the JWOC I was hoping for but gave it a good shot and happy how I prepared and how much I've progressed. Think I'm a much better orienteer, especially in the forest, than I was 12, even 5 months ago and glad that did somewhat show through in the results. Has left me wanting more so looking forward to giving seniors a shot. Will probably take the opportunity of no realistic major races next year to just get a lot fitter and give running fast a proper go rather than just being a biproduct of training for JWOC before getting back into it for 2026. Definitely not done though, excited for what's next !

Monday Jul 8 #

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toursiting yesterday and travelling today so pretty knackered. Season wrapped up, bit too spanked physically and mentally to try and get out for some more races. Gonna enjoy some rest before getting back training, will be nice to not have to get out and train for a bit

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