Skjærgårdscup 3 (26/07/2021)
Category: Competition
Map/area: Bossevika
Organiser: Tore Sagvolden
Distance: 3.72 km
Time: 29:56
Average HR: 157
Maximum HR: 178

Third and last race of this year's series, close to perfect orienteering but Sofie beat me on every split time except the first and she was almost 3 minutes in front of me.

#1: Ran up the hill then continued along a coarse bearing, rounding the surprisingly steep valley to my left. When I hit the open yellow and could glimpse the power line to my right for the first time I also saw the flag.

#2: Perfect route and execution

#3: Ditto: I ran mostly straight while trying for micro-adjustments to avoid the deep heather where I could do so. I saw Egil W Iversen as I jumped down between the cliffs to the control.

#4: I could have aimed a bit more right, the middle green before the track was surprisingly hard to cross even downhill, then I failed to find the optimal route close to the cliff into the control which meant that Egil who had gone straight was still a few seconds ahead.

#5: OK route, caught up to Egil when he crossed the final knoll that I ran around into the control.

#6: I could have simplified this by taking the road on the west side of the field, then the field edge and around the pond, but my route was OK and quite runnable.

#7: I found the optimal route but when I hit the green halfway I also saw an indistinct path which I assumed to be the main one on the map so I tried to follow a bearing towards the big cliff but instead crossed the densest part of the green. OTOH there was a new (MTB?) path along the top of the knolls which I could follow almost to the control.

#8: This is where Sofie gained 1.5m on me, i.e. half the final difference: She ran what the course planner claim is the perfect route almost directly underneath the connecting line, just slightly the the right until she descended between the cliffs, then she switched to the left side, running in the light green underneath the long cliff and the two smaller cliffs before the control. Most of the rest of the guys ran left down to the field, then up along the path: This is a very easy route but they were all slower than my alternative which is much flatter but needs a lot more careful approach to the control.

More or less transport to the final controls and the finish.
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