Mar 28, 2011

DSQ Weekend at Izvoru Muresului

Not that many words that I can use to describe how I felt this weekend. I thought i was ready for running but my body had different opinion. Probably the sprint would have been ok for me. But I`ve done a big mistake and took the loop in the opposite direction so I ended up being DSQ. The sprint itself was a small disaster but everyone in Romania is used to this. We all see how orienteering is around here and still come to competitions that are organized like in the stone age. So the runners that just talk and do not act are also to blame!

For the mountain race of the next day I didn`t had any expectations. Just wanted to finish at least 6km there but my ankle just couldn`t take the very steep downhill. I had to stop because I was risking injuries to my left foot also. Again organization problems (I hope they were because of stupidity not on purpose). I ran only 4km and after that I "enjoyed" the rest of the race from the side line. Congrats to those who finished with a good time !
I don`t feel very good mentally right now. It is so difficult running all winter and when it comes to proving at least for yourself where you stand you just can`t perform at 100%. Probably I should have stayed home and spear some of the club`s money...Hope to get back on track soon!

I`ll post the map in my archive. Photos are available HERE! Results from the Sprint can be found HERE!

P.S. All the orienteering in Romania will soon be DSQ!We deserve it!

Mar 15, 2011

Black and White in Portugal

Yesterday I came back from the not so sunny Portugal (at least in the last days). The training there was good and the weather was far more better than the one I left behind in Romania. For me Portugal was black and white. It was a loop between bad things (my hernia hurting, my ankle injury, my laptop being dead for some days, losing money, almost losing my mobile phone) and good things (meeting my friends from Portugal, making new friends, good training, great competitions, nice weather).

For me Portugal O Meeting and  II International Meeting of Arraiolos were not that good. A lot of mistakes. most of them direction mistakes (got to improve my compass skills).
In the last day of POM, the long distance, after the 4th control on a small downhill I injured very bad my ankle and had to abandon the run. I ended up in a ambulance to hospital. There I had to wait for some time for the x-ray results. The doctor said that I will be fine in 2 weeks. I really hope so!

P.S. I really want to thank 2 runners that saw me in pain and wanted to help me: Sergey Doronin and Mikko Heinonen. And a special thank you to my friend Gernot Kerschbaumer for the great Austrian chocolate he sent me while I was in the hospital. Sure made my hours there feel sweeter!



Photos can be found HERE, HERE and HERE and also on the organizer`s home pages !
My maps from Portugal are available HERE!

Mar 3, 2011

Ready for Portugal O Meeting

Already 4 days passed since we are in Portugal. The weather was really nice compared to Romania. We trained good even though the courses drawn by me were a bit long (because of the scale). Today we didn`t train at all, resting for the competition that will start in a few days with the Long Distance.

You can find my training maps in the map archive!