Ås by Night & Fog Cup #2 (05/12/2017)
Category: Competition
Map/area: Knapstad
Distance: 6.19 km
Time: 51:28
Average HR: 155
Maximum HR: 171
Started well before the first official start so I got to break trail in the virgin snow. :-)

The map around the first control was unfortunately somewhat misleading, the boulder was located about 15 m inside the denser vegetation instead of on the edge, when I approached it the first time I kept just inside the green but still bypassed it by a few meters. I ran up and down the hillside, finally relocated by the path and boulder below and found it after 2.5 minutes.

Good flow to #2, I crossed the green area midway perfectly, hit the path just 10+ m from the bend and then I followed the paths all the way up the hill around the cliff on the N side of the knoll by the path.

Bad direction towards #3 when aiming for the first path, I should have hit the left side of the junction (15 s?), then very good flow into the control which turned out to be visible from far away but as my track shows I had very good direction here.

The area around 3, 4 & 5 had quite deep heather, when the virgin snow got some tracks the later starters must have had a big advantage over me. Winsplits thinks I missed #5 while my only problem was a slight hesitation near the edge of the control circle.

I ran where the vegetation was nicest towards #6, got a little bit too far west bu realized it without any real time loss.

#7 was interesting! The obvious route choice would retrace large parts of the route between #1 & #2, resulting in a very good attack point into the control, while the one I chose avoided the middle green crossing but instead I had to locate the control from downhill, with no obvious attack point.

To #8 I crossed my own track to #1, almost went too far west but recovered.

I never found the indistinct paths towards the last control but used the contours to guide me.
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