Here is a short resume of the last month.
National Long Distance Championships: My Achilles got better and I was finnaly training well in the weeks before. However it started to hurt once again in the first controls. I slowed down and did lots of mistakes from there. It was a race to forget (right click on picture and "open in new window" to higher resolution).
Then Sprint qualification was too bad: I was out of the Final A by 1 second! Analyzing the splits, I started too slow (as always), was better in the middle part and quited in the last 2 controls, loosing my place in the final.
Then there were the Finals B. In the middle I started with headless orienteering and did many bad routechoices and mistakes.
- My biggest problem isn't mastering this or that o'technique. It's my huge tendency to run without looking to the map. I just have to force myself to LOOK TO THE MAP all the time! To think! And that is why my performances get better when I train in scandinavia; Because I get better navigation routines (after crying a lot!) because of its complex terrains.
- I trust too much on luck during a race (mainly in relays). I have to be 100% safe all the time once a single mistake is WORSE than running slower.
- Sprint: start fast and safe. Give it all until the end (I believe that I can push harder in sprints).
- I need to get physically stronger.
The weather is great and it's time to summer baretrunk training sessions; my favourite part of the season!