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Route to Christmas: Day 1 2019 | World of O 

One of the best times of the year! December always brings a month of brain scratching from World of O with the daily navigation challenge. The link is at the bottom for you to try yourself.

How it works:

You are shown a map –

And, your challenge is to plot your route from (in this case) CP 3 to CP4 and offer some rationalisation for your choices. You can then compare your route to all the others that have been submitted.

If you want to check it out first the link is here

Source: Route to Christmas: Day 1 2019 | World of O News

Otherwise my solution is coming next

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My thinking on this is

  • to drop perpendicular to the contours until I hit the stream.
  • Fording the stream stay on that contour until I reach the trail
  • once on the trail I have a definite location (even though short) which leads me from the next junction
  • contouring around to miss most of the scramble and hopefully staying on more runnable ground even though I have to lose and regain height again.
  • the final approach is the hardest to identify as a definite though I’m again using contours and what I hope is identifiable land-shape to guide me in the right direction until I hit CP

Have a go and let us know how you got on in comments or on social media.

 

– Seán

Off-season adventure racers, what do you do?

So you’ve had a busy year adventure racing and its winter. What do you do now? Feet up in front of the fire and rest?

There’s an old adage “Winter miles = Summer smiles” and its very true. Training and racing is a year on year activity. It’s not about starting in Spring and racing for the summer and relaxing in the cold of winter.

It is a multi-year round process of training cycles and possible multiple peaks for races through the season.

There may also be time in the winter to try more indoor activities that will complement your outdoor training and there is some great advice in the attached article from the Quest Adventure Series –

Source: Advice for off-season adventure race training – Quest Adventure Series

There are also big adventure running races (Art O’Neill Challenge, SPine Race) and other events (Causeway Coast, North Coast Trailquest) through winter that are more in the spirit of multiday racing for you to participate in or support if you are seeking your next inspirational challenge.

With my own 2020 calendar starting to take shape I’d love to hear what you have planned for winter 2019.

Best,

Seán

Quest Killarney 2019

After the last time, I promised myself I would train for my next event, I even picked a goal event (Ecotrail 80km) and a follow up to complete while fit (Quest Killarney) to have as a carrot to train for.

Didn’t happen as you may well know.

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