I apologize for not being able to type any posts for almost a quarter of a year – was too busy struggling with coursework (I am taking one architecture and one urban studies course this semester in addition to my major courses and one logic course).
October brings in the “weekly orienteering” routine, in which all Sundays and holidays are reserved for orienteering (race, training, other official business).
1 Oct (National Day) – training, 6 and 13 – level 3 orienteering course (have to miss out training because of that), 20 – sprint race in the “wild”, 27 – sprint relay near Tiu Keng Leng (Tseung Kwan O)…
My running training routine seems to have overstrained me, and the race on the 20th turned out to be a “fiasco” – I was almost sick, I couldn’t think properly, I ended up missing one control and thus DNF.
Had I not missed the control, I would have won the M21 class with a 3 minute margin. No use crying over spilt milk.
What is true though, is that the terrain is fun enough: with areas of abandoned fields, with rivers, with shallow water with stone bed to run over (!!!)
27th October – sprint orienteering relay event followed by MYO concert. The map of the sprint relay event is shown below with my route. It took place at the foothills of Black Hill on the Tiu Keng Leng (Tseung Kwan O) side.
A nice, challenging race making good use of the stairs-and-terraces grid on retaining walls – tricky enough to slow me down though headache is another influencing factor. After the race I took a taxi from Haven of Hope Hospital nearby to the Cultural Centre in Tsim Sha Tsui (around HK$90-something). The MYO concert featured “Austro-Hungarian music” – music by composers such as Liszt and Brahms.
3rd November – orienteering ranking event at Ngong Ping on Lantau. Did a lot of mental training during the week before to welcome the return of the middle-distance event season. I took the ferry to Mui Wo, breakfast’d there and took the bus to enjoy peace and quiet. To my surprise, I won in the M21 category with a margin of around 20 minutes. Jogged down to Tung Chung after the race.
10th November – Colour-coded event in Tsing Yi for qualification in the Annual Championships long-distance event. Bad mental condition, serious mistakes committed though pulled myself well enough at the later part of the race, and the result was not too bad. (In the end the Orienteering Association decided to let everyone who had started in the qualification category into the championships due to mishap in control placing)
17th November was the day for the universities cross-country race. Originally I didn’t plan to join that since I wanted to take part in the Oxfam Trailwaker again, but I failed the “lucky draw”. So I returned to the university team and ran the race a second time (the first time was in my freshman year). Got 25th place and a small improvement in time since last time. (team results: 4th for boys, 4th for girls and 3rd overall)
24th November – orienteering ranking event in Kam Shan (Golden Hill, renowned for wild monkeys). Won in M21 again though some mistakes were committed and the margin was much smaller. (This venue meant running, running and running – but the reservoir scenery was very rewarding.
The annual Bauhinia Concert was held on 26th November which signified my third year in a row taking part in this composition concert. My work premiered was the second movement from my not-yet-complete string quartet (1st – that the programme booklet said 2nd is a typo on the organizer’s part).
Now came December and its first orienteering event – the sprint orienteering relay event postponed from September. One of my teammates took a disproportionately long time – I had to mass-start with just one other competitor who happened to be a good friend of mine in secondary school. Satisfied with my own performance – good running on paved roads though the soil slopes near the finish are a bit too steep.
I still have an architectural history paper and a composition project to go – though not so rush as plenty of time was given before the deadlines. There will be the usual “Christmas orienteering” to the end of this month i.e. the annual championships in orienteering – I hope the cold weather won’t cause me to commit silly mistakes.