pondělí 3. prosince 2012

ONOS Cup 2012 [CZ]

Tak jsem zase jednou po dlouhé době navštívil jeden ze závodů Brněnské zimní ligy. Téměř 150 přihlášených závodníků dalo tušit pěknou konkurenci. A když se k tomu přidá návštěva O-gala předešlého večera/noci, tak bylo jasné, že závod nebude úplně zadarmo.

Kvarteto Žabiňáckých pořadatelů domluvilo pěkné zázemí v útrobách školy v Líšni, takže ani chladné podzimní počasí moc nevadilo.

Z kuloárů jsem se před závody doslechl, že mapa bude trošku punková, tak jsem se na to snažil trochu připravit. Pravda, hned první kontrola mě dost rozhodila. V mapě plot s privátem, v reálu barák.. Tak si říkám - pohoda, bude sranda, je to zimní liga :-D Někteří s tím bojovali mnohem víc... Třeba Zelda pořadatele pěkně sepsul... No asi je zvyklý na trochu jiný level zimních lig. Že by jezdil trénovat do Béďova kraje? Každopádně bych se rád zmínil, že SJ čáry nemusí lícovat s okrajem mapy (stačí si zajet na sever, tam je tato skutečnost poměrně běžná).

A jaká že byla ta stavba trati? Já myslím, že si s tím Danáč pěkně vyhrál!
Nabízela zajímavé volby zprava/zleva/středem. A ono ikdyž je pravá volba nejkratší, tak byla pomalejší než levá! A to kvůli lehkým kopcům...

Volby na K4
Stejně tak byla velmi zajimavá volba na K9, která se ve vysoké závodní rychlosti může zdát vyrovnaná či jasná. Je zde vidět, že 3 ze 4 variant jsou velmi rovnocenné.

Volby na K9
Závod se tedy nakonec (i přes místy dost špatnou mapu) povedl. Výsledky s mezičasy visí už od včerejška na stránkách závodů. Pokud byste chtěli vidět pár hadů, tak ti jsou k dispozici zde. A na závěr jako vždy mapa s mými postupy:


Mimochodem, o-gala bylo taky supr. Fotky najdete na Kadeho stránkách!





úterý 6. listopadu 2012

Tabáni Spartacus Cup

New training season has already started this week, so I realize to celebrate it on weekend competition. On programme were two long distance races. And I knew that after friday bike trip it will not be really easy race.

And I was right! First about 12km was without problem, but last two kilometers I started to have muscle problems on my legs. I had to slow down and it means some second loose to best runner(s) :-)

Last 7 controls
On this analysis you can see my looses to Csaba - Almost 2 minutes. You can see results and my map with routechoices:

Saturday long distance
On Sunday it was in quite similar terrain like on Saturday. Maybe it was not so green, but there were more climbing. So at result it should be the same time like on Saturday. But I did a lot of mistakes and some bad routechoices. Csaba beated me more than 5 minutes!

First bad routechoice
 On the image above you can see my first bad routechoice. In my opinion, the best solution is marked like yellow dash line. My solution - to go throw two valleys really was not the best solution ever... :-D


Second bad routechoice
Here is my second mistake. It looks like balanced routechoice, but the end was from my side to big hill so it was definitelly slower. You can see here also position of the only one refreshment station on our 13,3km long track... I think it is not necessary to comment it closer.

Sunday long distance


I did some more mistakes like control number one... small hole in the middle of nowhere... But this type of control points are in Hungary quite famous... I do not know. Maybe just I need more luck :-) Next chance will be next weekend in Juniper open. It is last hungarian competition. Than winter will come. So I have to find some another entertaiment for long winter weekends... Do you have any tips?






pátek 2. listopadu 2012

Bike trip to Triplex

This morning I check the weather forecast and I found out that it will be nice autumn weather without rain and temperatures about 18°C. It sounds like the best time to do some bike trip. My aim was to reach town Makó and continue with east direction to one geocache. In fact, my pla was to found this cache, because it should be my the most eastern cache ever!
I knew that in Szeged there is a lot of bike paths or at least bike stripes. But in fact it was not easy to find the right one. Signing of this paths is not perfect at all, so it looks that sometimes they are going from nowhere to nowhere :-) Or maybe just my mind is not compatible with hungarian bike paths designers... 


As you can see on picture... sometimes this path ends on edge on big road ;-) But throw this small "mistakes" is bike paths net much more better then in Czech Republic. Also quality of paths are mostly better then in Czech. 
After first 15 minutes of finding route out of Szeged I was succesful and I went quite fast to east via Makó. All the time there was special bike path near main road. But first problem came after 15 km. Bike road suddenly ended.

End of bike road. And main road  with forbidden sign for cyclist
OK, In fact across big road there was one another dirty road, but it ended after few hundred metres.


I meet there some hungarian "grandpa" and with usage of Hungarian-Czech-English-German language we discussed that this is end of bike road and it is necesery to go back 3 km to closest village and go aroud. I stop in the village for lunch and realize that is time to change plans. It was quite far away to easter geocache, so I find out that there is one more cache on Hungarian-Serbian-Romanian borders. The Triplex monument.

It mean to go one more village back to Szeged and then turn left to South. 
Really flat region
After one small mistake (I did not turn left, because I like bike path :-)) Next 8 km and I was in Kübekháza village. To the cache it was just 3km, but it was on really dirty road. Especially because bad signing of route I did one more navigation mistake so at all it was more then 8 km on that dirty road at all. After last few rainy days it was not really easy to ride there. But I wanted to see borders and cache so I did it

Triplex
 There was nice monument on this Triplex border.

Serbian guard tower
There were few Serbian guard towers along borders. I did not feel there so comfortable throw it was abandoned...

Trip was finally about 70km long! It was my first bike trip after 2 moths, so I feel really tired :-) This weekend will continue with Spartacus Tabányi cup about 80km to west from Budapest. I have no idea if I will be able to run both day more than 13km :-D

Garmin's widget is sometimes not working, so here is link: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/239426908

úterý 30. října 2012

Walachia Sprint Championships

This weekend I have changed from o-runner to o-organizer. Together with club in Vsetín I was organizing sprint competition. It was sprint just for Walachia region - for ca 120 runners. At competition webpages you can find all informations about event.

In this way I would like to thanks mainly to course setter Stepan Hrobar (and I hope he will write something on his blog at all :-)) Also I would like to thanks to all of the organizers. I think there were no big problems and most of comeptitors were satisfied. I hope next year we will organize next championships :-)

Here is link to routegadget.

M21 - 1. Jiri Necas (TZL), 2. Stanislav Mokry (ABM), 3. Josef Hubacek (LCE)
W21 - 1. Renata Michalkova, 2. Dagmar Hubackova (both  LCE), 3. Radka Svobodova (AOP)


sobota 27. října 2012

Hungarian Team & Club Relay Championships

This week I have run last two Hungarian Championships of this year. It was two competition and both of them were completely different to Czech Champioships.

On Saturday it started wisth Team Championships. In M21 class there were 4 guys from club which started with interval start. Results were sum of times of theese four people. You can see results to understand :-) So as you can see we were second more then six minutes behind club from Eger. On third place were guys from TIPO club (Budapest).

Winners of Team Chapionships
As usually you can see also my map with my routechoices. Althought in map are some undergrown parts and also some small hills, race was really quick. Winner time was under 5 min/km! Unfortunatelly I was little bit fighting with map and I did some direction mistakes... As I heared from some people after Sundays competition - There was probably mistake in magnetic north lines. They were little turned...



I am not sure if in this parts was mistake in map or in signal in my GPS device, but I know that I am not the only one who did a lot of mistakes...

Team Championships

On Sunday there was last - Club Relay - championships. Club Relay contains 5 people. In man class there were: M14, M16, M18, M20 and M21. There is mass start and it is up on clubs to select order of first three legs (but it must be created from M14, 16 and 18). And they can also select on 4th and 5th leg between M20 and 21. Accord my team strategy I have run last leg. Terrain and also map were almost the same. And it was just about 6,2km, so it was faster then on Saturday. Here you can find results...

Club Relay Championships

Me on way to finish
Szegedi Vasutas Club
Next Tuesday was in Hungary National holidays, so they had holidays also on Monday. And club from Hódmezővásárhely organized some small competition. Map scale was 1:5000 and map key was ISOM2000. So forest parts was ok, but on second part of race in city it really was not easy to run fast... But it was just race for fun, so no problem. Moreover I won nice cup (to drink) so I was satisfied... Results here




středa 17. října 2012

Hungarian Long Distance Championships

Two weeks after Czech Long Distance Championships I realized to visit also Hungarian Champs on the same distance. Event was prepared in terrains from WMOC2011. That means many of hills, some contours details and some green areas... In fact there was quite much green areas, especially undergrowth parts.
Conception of both of champtionships was same - On Saturday qualification race and on Sunday final race. Parameters of qualification and final looks very similar to czech parameters. For qualification about 9km with climbing more then 400m. (in Czech it was 9,3km/520m) and for final race 13km with 630m climbing (in Czech 12,9km/645m). But of course it is not possible to compare competition in rocks with competition in hilly terrain). 
As Manasss told me few weeks ago, qualification is just "necessary evil". So aim was clear: To go throw to Final-A and save as much energy as possible. Qualification race looks more like longer middle but in scale 1:15 000. It means that all the time I had to focus on my map. My compass magnifier really helped me with that. Especially on parts just after the start. In combination of contours, undergrowth and narrow rides really wasnt easy to run with no mistakes...

Difficult area near start (zoomed cca 10 000x)
After I went throw few first controls without problems, I slowed down a little bit. Then, when I met Csaba Gosswein who started 3 minutes before me, I knew I could slow down more... I knew that Csaba is one of runners who can reach medal from championships and he definitelly must know which pace is enough to go to final-A. I my heat I was on second position about 5 minutes behind Ádám Kovács and also 20 minutes ahead last guy who went to final-A :-)

Qualification map
Full of strenght I started to final. In final area there were much more hills than in qualification. When I was counting climbing on my routechoices I counted about 750m. A I think I try to not run to hills if it was not necessary. Setting of courses was quite similar to Saturdays qualification. Many of short legs and just one longer routechoice :( Maybe it was a tax for terrain with many paths, but still I think there was possible to make up at least two or three nice long routechoices... Also in map were few control points, which was really just about luck to find it. For example holes like controls no. 4 or 31. And control 31 reminds me, that we had 34 controls... It is quite much. If somebody would have SI5 and mispuch 2 more controls, could have problem :-D

Me on last control point


But i do not want it look that it was bad competition. Throw this some weird staffs if was nice long distance competition which really proof physical and also map skills of runners. For me was definitelly advantage to start on the end of startlist. Mainly in parts between controls 14-20 there were in big slope some paths, so it was easier to run. 

Final map 


I spend in that course more than 95 minutes and ran 14,5km. It means overal second position! I was again beated by Ádám Kovács with more than 4 minutes. On third place was Máté Kerényi. 


Prize giving ceremony W21 and M21

Besides me we had two more medal position in champs classes. Mónika Szokol and Ildikó Szerencsi. Congratulations to both of them!

Szegedi Vasutas medalists

Next week I plan to support my Hungarian club to Hungarian Relay and Team Championships. We will see what happens :-)






úterý 16. října 2012

Grand Prix Olomouc + Relay & Club Championships

Today I am comming just a brief post about last big competition week in Czech Republic.

Everything started on Friday with sprint in terrains of WOC2008. I was studying in Olomouc for last five years, so it could be small advance for me. But organizer wrote on his webpages that there can start anyone and that is just forbidden to walk in city center with map. And because i know Olomouc pretty well, i have no reason to do that.
Last time I like sprints pretty much and I hoped in some good result. I did not do any big mistakes and after everyone ran to the finish I knew, I was in 6th place. It was better result then I expected. Unfortunatelly after we start talking in finish area about course and map, we realized, that many of runners ran throw forbidden area. Problem was mainly in area between controls 4-7. There were small pieces of private area, which are in speed under 4min/km almost unreadable.
There exist some solution how to avoid this problem:

  • dont draw black lines between the private area
  • use in terrain tape to mark private are
  • cut circle in control number 6 in map
  • dont set course in this area... 

Problematic part of map
But what happened, it happend and we should learn from this mistake to next competition. I am just attach map with my routechoices...

Grand Prix Olomouc
On Saturday we kept on with Czech Relay Championships. Organizers Zabovresky Brno promised nice karst terrain with mapy of holes, depresssions and old mining areas. And they were right. Terrain and also map was really good. Unfortunatelly, organizers did one big mistake - they switched two SI units, so race was in my class canceled. At least you can see my map:

Czech Relay Champioships
Sunday competition was organized with no problem. At least one of three competition of weekend. But on the other hand - there was all the they some mixture of light and heavy rain, so race was not as attractive as could be. Althouht we tried to have some team spirit and we prepared really nice clothes :-)



Finally we were on 25th possition. Here you can find webpages with all of results. And of course also my map :-)

Czech Club Championships



pondělí 1. října 2012

Czech Long distance championships in Bohemian Paradise

Update: Added routechoices from final race

The most important competition of autumn part of seasson came last weekend. Terrains in heart of Bohemian Paradise promise really nice competition full of hard routechoices and hilly rocky surface.

Everything has started by Fridays qualification. Quest for Friday was crear - advance to final "A". Officials of Czech orienteering federation did one quite big difference in comparison with last years. Winner of qualification race should be in forest 70 minutes. It is 10 more minutes than before and also it means that in this race will be necessery to spend more energy...

Qualification
In qualification I did just few small mistakes, so i qualified myself from 5. place. But... as you can see on the map, terrain was really poor for championships, almost 1/3 of track was running on field or on some compulsory leg... But probably it was tax to have better final in better terrains.

So on Saturday it was better, at least about organizations, but still there were some weird things. On the other hand, there was prepared many perfect staffs which was in only Czech competition for very first time. Combination of GPS tracking and live television broadcasting was absolutelly perfect!

You can see nice TV footage from Czech television. If you are interesting in me, you can skip to time 67:40 and than 103:00) Also you can see GPS tracking from Trac-track system. And also link to routechoices on 2DRerun
So you have already seen everything you can so I can reveal my result. I did a lot of orientation mistakes and in the end of race I was out of forces, therefore I ended on 27. place. It wasnt my best result, but staying in television is good motivation for next trainings :-)

After Saturdays competition was in Turnov also banquet. During last week I was qualified to semi-final of Czech championships in Catching features (popular computer o-game). We played semi-final on computers with many spectators in wonderful atmosphere :-D I qualified also to final competition, but there I lost with absolute winner - Jakub Škoda. Big congratulation to him!

When I was in Czech Republic and I had free Sunday, I realised to continue with competiting. On Hana region Relay cup.

Relay

It was almost fight of Relays of my Czech club Magnus orienteering. Here you can see results

Before Relay start








Hungarian Sandy Killing Tripple Combination

Just little bit late but still... here is short report from competition weekend in Hugrary. On programme there were three competition in two days. It like in Czech when we have on Saturday Sprint & Relay racea and on Sunday there is another Relay competition. But in hungary, there it is much harder. Combination of Saturdays Middle & Relay and Sunday Long distance - it is really killing combination. But also it is good preparation for Czech championships in Long distance.
The name of competition was Kalocsa cup. It was 2 etapes competition as a sum of Middle and Long runners times.
Accord course parameters it was clear that all of three competitions will be really quick. Middle which has 6km and should have 35 minutes for winner's time.. It means pace about 5:15 min/km.

Kalocsa kupa E1 - Middle distance
Accord split times you can see that I was really lucky. At last control point I was loosing one second to István, but I was quite fast in finish, so I went to sleep with 1 second leading ahead him.

Afternoon we have continued with Relay. It was in same part of forest like Middle. And it was even quicker than middle. My real pace was under 5 min/km. I run third leg for my Hungarian club Szegedi Vasutas. I started from third position with lost about 2:30 to leaders and 40 sec to second relay. I did a lot of mistakes and also I was little bit tired after morning competition. I saw many times second guy few dozens of meters ahead me, but I did not have enought strenght to get him. Fortunatelly he did a mistake to control no 13. Also leader did a mistake, so finally I was a new leader. So I used the rest of my powers and punched last three controls wery quick and celebrated victory with my teammates.

Kalocsa kupa - Relay
When I saw all three maps from my Relay, I was quite suprised that on competition was just two forks. On control points 7+8 and in final loop control point 14.

Relay mass start

Last competition of weekend was Long distance. It was again really quick competition. I do not know how much time should spend winner in forrest accord the Hungarian long distance (or "normal" distance?), but 12,8km looks for the winner under 70 minutes.

Kalocsa kupa E2 - Long distance
 Becouse of flat and quite runable terrain, it was best option to run everything almost straight. This time I only won by one second. And after sum of results it was my victory for about 18 second from second one. So I had good wine and motivation to next competition.

úterý 18. září 2012

Central Bohemia Battlefield

In Czech Republic started to be cold, but in Szeged was still hot weather. So that was the best conditions to go on in hard training. After monday TVO (television afternoon) I went on Tuesday to athletic track together with the people from Szegedi Vasutas Orienteering Club and we took some quick intervals.

On Tuesday I was also for the first time at school on my department of Geoinformatics. We have meet many of teachers, but all of them told me, that we will start "next week" :-)
Then of Wendnesday I wanted to run about 14 km just in slow speed. But it was really boring, so in fact I started to run quick and quick... But still - I need to run more at least 5 km to reach Serbian borders. So maybe next time :-)

As Manasss said - In training there is never enough of intervals, I run on Thursday the same intervals like he. But he is better, so he has run 6 x 1km and I am looser, so I have run just 5 x 1km :-) Still it was good training which hepls me to spend less money in night party...
And becouse I am student with much free time I spent a lot of time to prepare to Saturday sprint competition. I know that it is unfair, becouse many other guys does not have enough time to prepare like me (link just in czech language), but... shit happens :-)

After I was prepared for sprint, i spent rest of Friday in tram, train, underground, bus and many other possible and also impossible transport vehicles. At all it was about 550km and 9 hours of travelling :-D

So Saturday was in sign of running. Very quick running. First was sprint in Konopiště castle and afternoon it was Relay near Kozmice village. I was really prepared for the sprint and felt in a good shape...

Map preparation for the sprint
But... I near one "easy" routechoice I did the biggest mistake. I have bend my map and I did not see uncrossable fence. I realized that I am inside this fence after I saw second end. It that moment I knew I am disqualified. My problem was that first uncrossable fence was about 30cm high and i barely saw them in that overgrown terrain. So I told to organizers in finish to disqualified me.

Real map from competition
I was definitelly not satisfied with this race. Afternoon It was much more better. I did just one (but almost 2 minutes mistake) and I finished on 10th place on my leg. It was good result, but i knew it could be much more better.

Saturday Relay competition

So I ate really good pasta with some meet, I drank 1, 2, 3, 4 beers (finally good czech beer) and went to bed prepared for next competition. It was even better that Saturday competition. This time no bigger mistakes, so finally good competition! Together with my teammates Marek Minář and Tomáš Navrátil we reached 12th position at all. This was one of our best position ever!

Sunday Relay competition
Now I have to tell that I am quite satisfied with this weekend and my plan is to still training hard to show some good race in Czech Long Championships!








středa 12. září 2012

Hungarian championships weekend

After first weekend competition I realized that I am starting to be in a good running shape, but it could be much better :-) So last week I tried to train hard. I have perfect conditions for this, because in my school department were some conference so I did not have to go to school... :-)
For the first time I came to athletic track and try its clay. It is not as perfect as tartan track in Olomouc, but at least it has 400 meters and also possibility to use dressing-room.

I really have to say that Hungarian orienteering are good athlets... Of course it is not bit surprise, becouse closest forest is about 30 km far away - so it is easier to train on track.
In some free time between trainings there was time to fight again with bureaucracy (registration for subjects and also registration for some new student cards...)
On Tuesday ordinated map training on map from Saturday competition. There was two shorter courses which were preparation for oncoming Sprint Hungarian Championships.
Sprint training - first round

Sprint training - second round
Both of the trainings were really fast and quite easy :-) But it was about 4km from my flat, so after this I felt really exhausted...

Next few days i rather started slower trainings, because of my legs started hurst...

So on friday afternoon i travel about four hours in car to the competition. In Hungary there does not exist something like embarged areas, so on Fridays evening we were walking throw sprint area just to see terrain. Then we bought some fast food pizza, took some beer and I really looked forward to Sprint competition in Zánka near Balaton.

Sprint competition starts on the morning at 10, becouse there were two rounds - qualification and final. Accord the lenght of courses it was obvious that it will be very quick race. 3,6km with winner time 15 minutes. For me it was good race with just small mistakes where i lost few seconds. There was one funny thing. In our course one control was not working, so everyone has to punched to map. After deep exploration of map I found out there is no "R" boxes. Then I punched somewhere to map. In finish area I told them (after I have found somebody english speaking) that it was not punching. Thay took my mam to control that...

Sprint Hungarian Championships - Qualification
After many minutes of waiting organizers finally published results. In fact I was qualificated to final from first place :-)

I took some steak to lunch and moved to quarantine to wait for my start time... After 40 minutes waiting in quarantine cames somebody with startlist and told us that start will be one hour delayed. For me it means staying in quarantine at all about three hours. But I survived that and try to focus to final race.

I started well, no mistakes and I felt really good in my running form. But... I have burried all of my chances to good result just on one control point. Two minutes stupid big mistake and race was lost. It was just 12 place...

Sprint Hungarian Championships - Final
So I tried to forget about this bad and prepare for Sunday competition - Team Score Hungarian Championships. In Czech Republic we do not have some competitions like this. But the rules are quite easy. Each team has three members. All of them starts at the same time, but there is also startlist, so start is in intervals for teams. On the map there is a same track for all of the members of team. That track is connected by line and control points does not have numbers, but letters. Also there are some controls with numbers. So everybody has to run first to control "A", then take all of the controls with letter in alfabetical order and meanwhile also take controls with numbers. If you still do not understand, click to map bellow :-)

Team Score Hungarian Championships

Hopefully we took the right strategy and splitting the controls with numbers :-) Finally we reachech second place, which means my first medal from Hungarian Championships :-)



Next weekend I will go to Czech competition, so I hope the results will be also good. I have still a lot of time to improve my running skills :-)