Here is the Croatia Open 06 M21E Day 1 map, and here are my routes.
Here is the Croatia Open 06 M21E Day 2 map, and here are my routes.
Here is the Croatia Open 06 M/W21 Sprint map, and here are my routes.
Here is the Croatia Open 06 M21E Day 3 map, and here are my routes.
After the WMOC final I drove to Croatia for 4 races over
the next 3 days. The forest races were in National Park Risnjak,
while the sprint was in a resort town on the Adriatic.
The Risnjak terrain was brutally physical as well as technical.
500m of climb over 11K the first day. What made it so physical
was not only the rock and the climb, but all the cut branches
(what I call brashings) as a result of logging/forestry. The
technical challenges came in the form of "karsts" (big
sinkholes/depressions), and the forestry "trails", which always seem
to be not quite as mapped, or there often seem to be more than
mapped, etc. (I think were lucky in the 'States where, for
the most part, our orienteering is in wild forests, where the
trails, are, well, trails ...).
I actually enjoyed the challenge of this terrain, except where
the brashings got really bad (a fact you could never tell from
the map). There were some really tough legs on day 1, and I
did fairly well, save for a couple of sloppy legs (#5 and #9).
Legs #19, #21, and #24 were absolutely brutal, and I spiked all
of them, so that was cool. I'd mark this as a good race given
the difficulty and the fact that I was still sick.
Day 2 was a typical race for me, spike most of the controls
on a difficult technical course, and a couple of disasters.
I came within 2 meters of #4 three times before finding it,
then lost the same amount of time on #5 because I was pissed.
A bad race, but most of the controls were good. A few
people had trouble with this course. OTOH, some people manage
to spike the controls no matter how hard it is, every race,
day in, and day out. It seems clear, at this point, that I'll
never get there, and that makes me sad.
Day 3 was the hardest race yet, and also one of my better races
of my life, despite mispunching. It was brutally hard: rocky,
steep, and technical, and I managed to deal with it with no
disasters. It is difficult to tell due to the poor scan, but
that part at the end is absolutely brutal. I was so fried after
the last section that I didn't see the second to last control,
and skipped it.
The sprint was a fine city sprint, brutally hot (35 degrees,
or so, as I recall). No major technical problems, but, as
usual, dubious route choices. Same story, I'm a slow runner,
so I run too hard without thinking to compensate, and hope
for the best. The sprint was pretty climby, on top of the
heat. I really enjoy city sprints, and wish we could do
them in the states, but, alas, we cannot.
One interesting thing about this sprint was they (apparently)
announced over the loudspeaker that a couple of the controls
were mishung. I never heard this announcement, was was told
about it by Adrian Zissos. He also told me the lay of the land
on one of the controls in question, but did not have the other
one on his course. I had both, and, fortunately, found both
with no issues. The weird thing about this is that I asked
about this at start, and the start people were clueless. Bizarre.
(BTW, Adrian won is class in this race over a very large field,
Well, the orienteering and writing are in decline, and the
photography is even worse. You know its going to be one of
those days when you hear Talking Heads on the "Classic Rock"
station. Fortunately, the primary goal of the trip was
The pics show a couple of shots around the forest venue, and a couple around
the sprint venue. My favorite is a denizen of Risnjak, the largest
damn snail I've ever seen.
The other is a note about "Mobile O", a bizarre form of orienteering
allegedly invented in Hungary. The idea is that there is a stationary
navigator with a map, and a mobile runner with no map who finds the
controls. They communicate via cell phones. I don't own a cell phone,
but this seems kinda cool (and I have no idea about cell phone coverage
in the places where orienteering occurs, but I'd like to give this a