Back from Europe where I ran some races including Jukola, WMOC, and
EOC/WC. Highlight was final day of EOC (B classic final), where, even
tho it wasn't quite my best WRE day ever, was still certainly my best
international race ever. Spiked all but one control, and the boom was
in the 10 seconds range. Did lose time on route choice. This was in
difficult Danish terrain, and I was absolutely physically shot from all
the racing (I've taken two days off from training, which is a first for
me in a long time).
I was very happy with all my EOC forest races (as opposed to the sprints).
I had visions of being in last by about 10 minutes. The sprints prove
I'm slow (or was physically shot, as I have had one decent sprint, at
least based on WRE points), as I would have been substantially in last
even with perfect runs (and also add some circumstantial evidence to
my hypothesis that sprints are more physical and less technique
dependent). I still think they are fun races tho, but have continuing
concerns about 3 hours of logistics for 12 minutes of race.
It was clear that I was by far the slowest person in the forest,
even amongst the people I was beating. Technique can only go so far.
In the post-mortem meeting, I made the observation that "speed trumps
technique", based on my observations. The others disagreed, and I
wasn't happy with the comment as written, but know what I was trying
to say, I just need to try to articulate it better. A better phrasing
that comes to mind is "speed rules globally, technique locally", and
I even made the comment that technique trumps speed in the US.
Also, in the US, technique can trump much faster runners because
10 minute errors (or even 4 minute errors) can be common. At this
level, 10 second errors are bad, and a 2 minute error a downright disaster,
so this is all so much more complicated and I will need to think it thru
better. Back to my speed, it is definitely down, I think due to the
strenuous schedule and minor wear injuries, which doesn't bode well
for Laramie. (But I will have my metal and punk CDs, and a big heart).
Other highlights include my run at Jukola, which I was very pleased
with, and a couple of runs I was happy with in Austria. The definite
low point was WMOC, where in my mind I qualified for the A final but was
relegated to the B final anyway because people in the other
qualification heat mispunched. It was a joke, I thought I'd never
get over it, but realised that how the data was interpreted by morons
does not change the actual data. Good ol' semiotics. I was over it
in 2 days.
Hopefully some stories and maps from these races on these pages soon,
including some pics from the EOC relay champs. But the team trials
are coming up, and I am going thru the motions of mental prep to make
sure I have the best races possible, so there may not be alot of
time for these updates.