Today’s race was on the same map as yesterdays. Chris had a late start so we blobbed throughout the morning until it was too late for him to comfortably walk to the start. To rectify this small problem, Chris went and had a few words with the bar staff. We’re not entirely sure what the words he used were but the long-and-the-short of it was that after a few minutes Chris returned grinning with the keys to the bar maid’s car. So we traveled in style in her funny little yellow car to the start line. We were very impressed with her generosity.
Above left: Emily with ‘our’ little yellow car. Above right: Chris finishes the OO cup.
Emily was still feeling ill so didn’t start today. I DNF’d after five controls and Chris had a good run coming 3rd for the stage. Excellent. We retired to the camp site and blobbed for the afternoon watching the final stage of the Tour de France. We drank mulled wine in the bar in the evening and geeked with Michael on gmail.
Above: Grajski park camp ground.
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The race started from near our camp site in Logatec today. The terrain was easier than the first two days but slower than yesterday. It was a mix of castic and continental terrain, I suppose. I walked around slowly and Emily caught me up at control 9. She was also walking as she was feeling ill. We walked the rest of the course together.
We messed around the camp ground in the afternoon, booked trains from here to there and tried to work out how to get our O gear to the Swiss O week without going tramping with it. For geek points we downloaded the start list for the Swiss O week and the results for the OO.cup and I hacked some C# to find matches between the two lists. Geeky!
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I am blogging from our water hole in the lovely Slovenian valley today.
We changed terrain type today. Instead of the depressive lime stone depressions, we were running on a continental map. It was much easier and consequently much faster. I thrashed around the course and really enjoyed it. The forest was open and controls were generally visible a few tens of metres away. Emily was terrified that I was going to beat here as we were both racing the Open 2 course. I had the lead for the first 13 controls but then I made a mistake and she ended up taking a minute out of me.
We’re staying with Greg again tonight.
Another difficult day today. Emily and I changed to Open 2 instead of Elite. This didn’t help terribly much though as the navigation was still tricky. I didn’t DNF this time though and finished in a snail-paced 2 hours 30 minutes.
We went to Greg Barbour’s for tea. He’s a kiwi orienteer who lives in Moscow. He’s renting a house with his family about half an hour drive from the event start in the mountains. We took a dodgy unsealed road with plenty of switch-backs into a valley and then another dodgy road back up into the mountains to his house.
We visited a nice swimming hole in the valley in the afternoon and punted around on a little raft.
Greg laid on a BBQ feast with plenty of wine and we dined with him late into the night.
We are snoozing in a little clearing near the forest at the start of the Slovenian OO cup. It’s warm with a very slight breeze. Ideal. We probably look homeless as usual as I am sleeping under my down jacket and we are surrounded by super market bags from out hasty purchasing this morning. We were quire unorganised and managed to get a lift with one of the organisers at 7:30 to the start line this morning. We don’t start until about 12:30 so it has given us plenty of time to laze.
Due to an entry mishap we are all entered in the elite grade. As you well know, I am an elite orienteer so this doesn’t phase me in the slightest. With a number of New Zealand titles to my name and some pretty good results in world ranking events I’m looking forward to some good racing. As you may also know, the last two sentences were all lies…
Afternoon update: The terrain was very difficult. I DNF’d after control 7 of many. We hitched a ride back to our camp ground with some friendly germans. After getting out of our stinky O gear we trekked down to the supermarket and swam in the Slovenian prices. We walked back with a quarter of a huge watermelon strapped to Chris’ pack. Sadly half way back to camp the watermelon made a break and leaped from the top of the pack to land heavily on the footpath. After we cleaned up the resulting mess we had much less watermelon. Oh well…
We are camping by a little stream.
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