The Alex Edit:
SM long qualifier race. A beautiful day for running which means a kind of gross day for just standing around. There were 4 heats of men, and I was in the first heat with 43 starters. I knew that I didn't have a chance of making the final (top ten in each heat) but I wanted to have a good race to be able to compare myself with the best. I started out quite well, staying in good contact on the longish leg, and having no trouble at all finding the flag. This set the tone for the whole race.
On 10, the long leg, I waffled a bit before choosing to go more or less straight. Which worked out fine except for all the slogging through the thick green, I lost time to other runners so either I need to learn how to attack the green a bit better or I need to avoid it. I executed pretty well, up until the last descent along the spur. I got off on the parallel ridge and stopped on the wrong set of cliffs, but corrected pretty quickly.
With the end of the race in sight, I committed a cardinal sin ( at least according to Boris) and forgot to orienteer all the way to the end of the course.17 started out well, I was running behind a pack of runners heading for the field and I noticed that I had drifted a bit right of where I was planning on going, but I was pushing hard with the crew, so I didn't correct my line. Instead, I spiked the other control in the reentrant that wasn't mine, and according to Lisa ( who I was right behind at the time) I looked like an älg in the headlights, stopping short and trying to figure out my mistake. I looked around for my hilltop and spur, but didn't see them but eventually I just headed farther left because I knew that I had drifted too far right. Then I saw the spur and cliff. 18 was the last control in the field corner and that was it.
I finished 33rd in my heat
and am pretty pleased all told. Tomorrow I will run the open race and then cheer on the 6 Linné runners that made it through to the finals. In my heat both Rassmus (in 4th) and Loefaas
(in 9th). Also Mats, and Oskar-- and for the women -- Rasa and Inga.