Ås by Night & Fog Cup #4 (12/01/2021)
Category: Competition
Map/area: Breivoll
Distance: 4.48 km
Time: 45:56
Average HR: 146
Maximum HR: 181
My first official competition in 2021 was marred by a huge mistake on control 4 (5 min?) and a smaller one (half a minute) on #8:

Just as I ran towards the start we got a huge snow dump, with my headlight on all the reflections caused a near total whiteout, and my glasses got wet when my 5000 lumen Lupine Betty X melted the snow flakes as they passed by. It stopped snowing about half way through but by then most of my time losses were done.

Really trivial starting control, in order to establish a route choice to #2, where I decided to go back and left. I think this was optimal. With the white-out I took the 100% safe route to #3 and tried to do the same to #4, but here I climbed up a little bit too soon, and when I tried to check the cliffs to my left I stopped just before I would have spotted the flag. It took me 5 min to get back to the same spot.

OK to the next controls but I was a bit worried due to an unmapped but heavily improved path leading down the hill and then taking a sharp right turn over to the road. The control was very easy, I spotted it as soon as I left the field.

#6 was my best split of the day, just 3 sec behind the leg winner, then I ran OK to #7 and nearly all the way to #8, except that I ended up one contour too high and had to drop down and reverse back for a small time loss.

#9 was my lucky break, I just ran along the contour, never spotting the path halfway I was aiming for, but as I got worried about this the flag was right in front of me!

OK to #10, then I started goind down the hillside to the path before I realized that it would be better to go back the same way until the path. 15-20 s time loss.

I considered going around the final knoll on the right side to #12 but the vegetation looked to be quite dense so I took the easy route around the back.

I messed up my compass direction a couple of times to the last control but when I did end up on the road I just followed this like I did to #2, but now climbing up the first obvious possibility, and the control turned out to be easily accessible.

5-6 min faster would have been OK, but that would still have been 4+ minutes behind the winner, and 12+ min/km.
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