Here is the Swiss O Week 06, H35 Day 1 map, and here are my routes.
Here is the Swiss O Week 06, H35 Day 2 map, and here are my routes.
Here is the Swiss O Week 06, H35 Day 3 map, and here are my routes.
Here is the Swiss O Week 06, H35 Day 4 map, and here are my routes.
Here is the Swiss O Week 06, H35 Day 5 map, and here are my routes.
Here is the Swiss O Week 06, H35 Day 6 map, and here are my routes.
I booked a flight from Vienna to Zurich for 1 Euro, +taxes.
I was shocked when I showed up at the airport and there was
an aircraft for me to board. Weird.
Anyway, on to Zermatt for the Swiss O Week. All the races
were at altitude. I think the highest, day 3, was around
2850m ASL. I rarely do well at altitude, and, recovering
from some sort of sickness on top of it, it took its toll.
I thought day 1 was easy, both technically and physically.
Aside from being a touch high on #5, I didn't have any
troubles. In many cases, you could see the bag or feature
from quite some distance away.
Day 2 was a bit more technical, and a bunch more physical.
It had the first of many of those sidehill/go low/go high
legs, which I'm not particularly fond of, and grew to
despise by day 6. What is the right thing to do? How
do you know? I didn't have the energy to come back and
train all the choices. I bobbled a couple of controls,
and aside from being glacially slow, I did fine on day 2.
Not sure if I did the route choice leg correctly, tho.
Day 3 was one of the more interesting days, up at the base
of the glaciers, it was a moonscape of interesting, technical
rock. Aside from booming the first control for 30 to 60
seconds, I did fine in some difficult stuff. Again, very
slow as I am afraid to run on rock. Saw some of my competition
bouncing over the rocks like cats. I couldn't do that.
I didn't understand what the white was on the map -- there
are no trees -- at first I thought it was snow, as there was
a deposit of snow coincident with the first one I saw. I think
it was some sort of indication of the type of rock, like
perhaps a bare rock symbol. I hope the pics show what this
place was like -- it was definitely unique.
Day 4 was quite climby, and had one of those sidehill/up/down
legs. I was a little sloppy on #4 and #10. I was shot physically,
and had to contour the one line hill midway to #13. I had a devil
of a time getting back up the hill to the finish area. My orienteering
was ok, but for the 4th day in a row, my speed declined.
Day 5 was the village sprint, and this was one of the more interesting
sprints I have done. I went out in running shoes, which was the
wrong choice for the first part of the course, which, at my 8 o'clock
start time, was in wet grass and forest. I blew the first control
pretty bad, as all I could focus on was getting up the wet grassy
hills in my shoes. Both bag and feature were shorter than the
surrounding grass. Totally bombed the route choice to #4; have to
remember that on a 1:4000 map, the lines are alot closer together
than they look. Duh.
Otherwise pulled it together pretty well, but had trouble with a few
controls in the city. Problem was, in these cases, you had to go places
where it just didn't look legal to go, such as on a flagstone walkway
thru a garden, or thru a cafe. The map showed them as legal, but the
brain, not used to this, didn't see alot of choices thru various paths,
lawns, etc., as legal, and this became confusing at times. It was just
a matter of not being used to it. And, of course, there were tons of
gardens, etc., that were out of bounds. Did see someone run
right thru a garden of cabbages which was clearly OOB. Disappointing.
All and all a fun race, tho my worst of the week so far.
Day 6 was a disaster. Took 10 minutes to find the first control,
and I think its about 200m. Looks easy enough -- run down the
ride and cut in at the big rocks. Wrong. Tried attacking
5 or 6 times, until I had to walk back to start, set an
azimuth, and walk straight to it. Have no idea what happened.
Rest of race was too physical to be fun, and I was technically
sloppy on top of it. Worse race in 5 years, nothing to learn
from it, one to forget. Even blew the choice on the sidehill/up/down
But, all in all a fun and beautiful week, despite being dogged
by illness and altitude.