Gränsjakten dag 2 (02/07/2017)
Category: Competition
Map/area: Strömstad
Organiser: Idefjordens SK
Distance: 5.85 km
Time: 37:57
Average HR: 166
Maximum HR: 181
This was a chasing start where I was starting 1:03 behind the leader and just 18 s behind my old friend Per Kr. Ekeberg. When Sten Gustavsson (the winner yesterday) didn't turn up it looked like Per Kr. & I would settle this between us:

I caught up just after the starting triangle and lead into the circle but when I didn't see any marsh-like area or a control flag I made an extra loop north-east which cost us 40 s, Per Kr found it first.

Towards #2 we ran different routes, I made up most of the difference but Per Kr. was still in front.

To #3 we yet again ran different routes, mine was better but I lost that advantage near the end when the rock wall turned up a little later than I expected.

We ran together the first half of the route to #4, then I went directly up the slabs (which were really nice) while PK followed the path a bit further. I once again failed to spot either the marsh or the control, lost another 30 s here and PK was back in front.

Same problem to #5, I ran faster but failed to spot the control and got behind again.

#6 was really sad course planning! With the chosen control placement there was no real route alternatives, just a lot of plain running. I got a bit of a gap up the hill into the control and hoped that I could keep it to the end.

#7 looks like a very easy control, and it would have been so if it had been located exactly as shown on the description, i.e. "SW foot of SW knoll" which is where I first ran but didn't see it (my track here is totally raw with no corrections applied). It took me exactly 3 min of searching before I finally spotted the flag well hidden on the outside (i.e. NW foot) of the knoll, and at this point Lasse Johansson, the guy who had started 37 s behind me caught up.

I made a small mistake on the paths to #8 because I misread the first path as a line of cliffs but when I attacked up the hill and into the control I got a new gap.

The rest was just a lot of pure running, except for a tiny bit of hesitation towards #11, at which point Lasse turned up again, and on the final controls his track running background made it very obvious that he would outsprint me, which he did.
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Bjørn Åstorp : It looks like many missed on that #7 control, me included. I had good control with the big stone just before the control, so i could not believe that i missed it.
Terje Mathisen : Bjørn, I was in exactly the same state of total disbelief: Even with all the small misses searching for flags on previous control I really couldn't see any way I could have failed to see the control. After 3 min of searching I was about to decide that the control must have been stolen (or badly misplaced) and just skip it when I finally saw it. The saddest part was that it also totally changed the final result list, it should have been me and Per Kr well before Lasse.
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