Last weekend I managed to defend my sprint-title in Nordby's small streets, and not to break my leg on the Ultralong like I did last year, but not good enough performance to win.
The sprint looked quite simple on the map, because it was only streets and private buidings/gardens, and the routechoices didn´t appear to differ much. But out there, it was pretty difficult to spot the small streets and alleys, and you had to be really careful, not to loose contact with the map at any time.
I started out a bit careful, to get a good feeling with the map and terrain. I missed the street on the left routechoice with some seconds, but I didn't realize that it was more than 5 seconds faster going right (I lost 10 seconds to the best split). On the way to the 5th, I couldn't decide what to do, and lost again 7-8 seconds. On the map-change I was 25 seconds behind Rasmus Thrane, and 8-9 seconds behind Claus Bloch and Rune Olsen. But on the last part of the race I ran well, and had good splits, and caught time on the leaders. On the 19th control, I was in 3rd spot, 3 seconds behind, and all 4 runners within 5 seconds. But Rasmus and Claus both missed the 20th control, and I could keep my lead ahead of Rune, and won by 3 seconds.
On sunday it was time for Ultralong in Fanø Klitplantage, one of the best and toughest terrains in Denmark. The sanddunes are quite big and either sandy or covered in small bushes, and the green forest is really tricky to navigate and run through. The course was 22,6 km.
I didn't really do well. I made several small mistakes, and especially going back to the forest after the southern part of the course, didn't go well. In the end, I got really tired and made some stupid mistakes on some of the last controls. Physically I didn't feel strong, and I found it really difficult to move my legs efficiently in the sanddunes. And I died pretty much after 2 hours running. But it was good training, and I didn't hurt myself.
Marius ran a little faster than me and made less mistakes, so he deserved the victory. I was 3 minutes behind in 2nd spot. Results here
The courses and terrain were really good, and as always I enjoyed running on Fanø. It was a shame that the was no speaking, and that we didn't use GPS-tracking on the Ultralong on sunday.
I have been training quite hard, and now it's time for 2 weeks of easy training to be able to perform well in Silva League in Tibro next weekend and in 10mila in 2 weeks.