Sunday, 30 August 2009

POS - The WRE and final

WRE, 14,4k, (220m), 29c - 90'13 - The map was less technical and more physical. I'm in the pre-season trainings so I was afraid of how I would feel in such a tough race on dune terrain. I started slow and speeded up in the end, after the spectator control. I did a regular race with mistakes to 15th and 23rd. I felt physically well and won a race with a sparse international participation.

Middle Distance, 6,2k, (140m), 26c - 39'02 - This is one of the most technical portuguese areas. The micro-contour areas can be really tricky. Loss of time to the 8th, finding the control in the greens, hesitation in the greens to the 11th, to the 14th distraction with another control in the area, to the 16th mess with the paths, to the 17th just navigation without control followed by a regular end of race with a deviation to the second last control due to distraction with some other controls in the area. I won with a regular race, but only due to big mistakes of other athletes in singular controls. Can't be distracted by other runners or another controls! Too childish!

You can find all the results here

Since I've returned from Sweden, my navigation is more confident. I've concluded that in previous seasons I've just ran "blind" at O'races with such a poor contact with the map. Now I'm anticipating more, slowing when it's needed, starting at a really slow pace (maybe too slow, one thing to improve) and making exacter control attacks. Still to much to improve, but now in a better direction. We'll see...

photo by Joaquim Margarido

Friday, 28 August 2009

Portugal O'summer - first 3 days

In the last days I've been at Portugal O'Summer. 3 races have already taken place in Cantanhede. Tomorrow is the Long Distance, a WRE.

Tue, Middle Distance - Big mistake to 4th, misunderstood the vegetation limits in the area. It was a more less 1'30 mistake. Then some hesitations and big mistake to the 29th. In this kind of maps, 1 mistake is the end, once they're really fast maps.

Wed, Sprint Distance - It wasn't a technical map. Even if I won, I'm physically too far away from shape - just beginning the season.

Frid, Middle Distance - In one of the most technical portuguese areas, Palheirão. Mistake in the area of the 1st and 11th. Big mistake to 13th where I spoiled the race. I have to avoid this time losses in the control area. In this kind of map, wins who does less mistakes.

Tomorrow, a 14k long distance. We'll see...

Thursday, 27 August 2009

11day Training Camp in Denmark/Sweden

From 13th to 24th of August I was in Denmark and Sweden training with my club, CPOC.

It was a great experience and I think that I've developed a lot my O'technique with 11 exhausting days training twice a day.

In Denmark we were in Hillerod and Tisvilde where we did the SpringCup09 maps. The dune terrains are quite similar to the portuguese ones.

In Sweden we stayed with Goteborg Majorna OK and did the majority of the trains in a tough terrain that we're not used to. We did all the JWOC maps and joined Goteborg Majorna OK in some interesting trains.

For the first time I was able to navigate and run decently in nordic terrains.

I just leave a few maps, the most revelant ones:

The club competition where I was able to navigate properly. Interesting routechoice from 6th to 7th.

Intervaled training with GMOK. Hat train- one leaves the hat, the other recovers it. Nice and easy to repeat in Portugal more often.

The last train. The stupid 1st control mistake and a leak of strength in my legs after such a week.

Thanks a lot to Mats Jodal who organized the camp for us and to Anders Axeborg, the GMOK athlete that introduced us to Goteborg terrains with a nice powerpoint evening. I'll probably return to Goteborg in the next months to train with GMOK.

I'm now at Portugal O'Summer, a nice 6 day competition in Portugal. You can find all the info here. I'll post the maps as soon as possible.

I'm using my holiday time to develop technically. I'll start to train physically hard again in the 15th of September.