Even though it was my 7th 10mila in the row this year was the first year I ran a forked leg. After succesful race on rånässrafetten it has been decided that I would take the first leg on 10mila as well. I am really confident about the first legs this year but 10mila is of course something special. 300 people around on the start line and darkness. It was the beautiful and warm day before start so I felt really relaxed and ready to the race. I have to tell you that this was by far the best leg I ran on 10mila ever. No getting up in the middle of the night and quite decent time to run.
From the beginnig we didn’t run as fast as I expected even though at least half of the long leg to the first control we ran on the field. Physicaly I felt good. Unfortunately I did two stupid mistakes. First one to the sixth control. That one wasn’t really big one. I didn’t see the green area and I ran along it from the wrong side so I had to cross it to get to my control. The worse mistake came after the television control to the 12th control. It may seem from the map that I ran with the group to another forking but I was there almost alone. I took the wrong direction and did a parallel mistake. In the area when I stoped and turned back it looked quite similiar to the area when my control have ought to be. I was quite lucky that I met there Mára Minář who did the same mistake before me and he already knew where he have been. So we found the control relatively quickly. But I lost there around 2 minutes and at least 40 positions. After the spectator control the terrain slightly changed and it was easier for me and it was even unforked. I felt that I can go faster than the group there so I tried to shorten the gap to the leaders. I was quite succesful in it and I managed to finish on 75th position what isn’t exactly that what I wanted but it was in the second group and in the contact with some really strong teams around us.
The two members of our elite team got injured before the race so we couldn’t use them. Others in the team did quite good job even though some of them did some mistakes as well. However our final 43th place is even better than I expected.
The map with my routechoices you can find here
The record from the television broadcast from the first leg here