WUOC Sprint Relay

Today I was very excited to run my first sprint relay! I didn’t have the race I was hoping for but it was very fun to be a part of. We weren’t allowed GPS watches so I don’t have this on DOMA. The same goes for all the races this week. The team finished 16th today which was ok but I think there is obviously a lot of room for improvement, especially in terms of running speed.

Me coming through the spectator leg

Me coming through the spectator leg

The team was Laura, myself, Tessa and finally Matt. Laura had a very good race and put us in 9th place after her leg. Before my start I was feeling quite relaxed and I started calmly. I didn’t understand the trees around my first control and I was really confused leaving this control. I sorted myself out but lost about 30 seconds running too far to the right and stopping to relocate. There were a lot of people running around in front and behind me at the stage as the splits were very significant. I sorted myself out and got back in the zone and ran pretty clean through the rest of the park section up to control 10. However, analysis shows that I lost some time by running too much on the grass and not enough on the paths. The final five legs were very simple and I ran past a runner from Ukraine and handed on to Tessa in 11th place.

Me running into the finish.

Me running into the finish.

It is clear that I need to do more racing under pressure because I find myself falling back on old habits in big races. I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s long distance and I feel ready. It will be important to show myself that I can keep my mind relaxed and focused under pressure.

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