OLD NEWS >> July - August 2003
2003-08-26 I've just put online some pictures from the last week when my mom, dad, brother and his girlfriend Hanka came to Sweden to visit me.
After 17 hours and 23 minutes on the course the team Gainomax
Recovery which I competed for crossed the finish line of the adventure
race City Challenge (C2) in Stockholm. We finished 7th - a place which
the guys seemed to be quite happy with. The race was won by Swedish team
Maybe followed by one of the best teams in the world - Finnish Nokia Adventure
on the second place. C2 started with a fast and technical prolog in the
centrum - (orienteering, rope activities and paddling), followed by a
long night (MTB-orienteering, orienteering, inlines on Lidingö and
long paddling from Lidingö to Hammarby where the competition centrum
of the second day was situated). We started the second day after approximately
2 hours of resting and struggled through 6 remaining sections (MTB in
Nacka natural reserve, paddling around and orienteering on Södermalm).
We (or I) had some problems at the end of the night - we planned that
I would be skipping the long paddling from Lidingö (calculated time
was 2 hours) but Daniel got cramps and we decided that I would paddle
instead of him. I haven't trained kayak-paddling so much and had problems
to steer it without a rudder. But after some time we solved it by elastic
rope connecting my and Fredrik's kayak. The toughest section for me was
MTB in Nacka which was very technical, but the guys were helping me. I
was feeling pretty well and fresh during the whole race even if I could
skip only a few sections, perhaps having less rest than most of the girls
in the other teams. In spite of the fact that C2 was probably the biggest
race the team Gainomax Recovery has ever participated in, almost everything
worked well and we had a nice atmosphere in the team. I could not help
myself and had to laugh on the last orienteering section where Daniel
got so thirsty that he stopped by one open-air restaurang at Södermalm
and started to drink water from a jar standing on a table there, not really
waiting what the surprised people sitting around the table would say about
it. We were also crossing 2 cementaries, at both of them was a burial
going on... I prefered not to look at the direction where all the guests
were standing. I enjoyed the race a lot and was quite satisfied both with
the result and my performance.
2003-08-22 This weekend I am going to compete in adventure racing. The plans were changed - I was supposed to be assistent for my team - Team Silva but a few days ago I was asked by Team Gainomax Recovery to compete with them because their "woman" got injured or sick and could not join them. So now I am getting ready for one of the bigest adventure races in Europe - City Challenge in Stockholm. The race starts on Friday 23/8 20:00 and the first team is supposed to reach the finish at 13:30 on Saturday 24/8. A fast and spectator - friendly race with many short sections (running/orienteering, MTB, kayak, rope activities, inlines) in the capital of Sweden. It is going to be exciting and I am looking forward a lot.
2003-08-17 An orienteering race again - the classic distance "Trampen" in Ludvika on Sunday 17/08. My legs felt heavy and I did some mistakes (totally about 6 minutes). I finished 7th. However, my motivation for orienteering must be a bit higher because I was interested in the split times and even tried to analyze my run after the race. I decided to participate in the Swedish champs in September. Quite good and varied traing this week despite some stomach problems. Check week 33.2003-08-11 After more than one month I participated in an orienteering race again (yesterday). It was short distance "Barkenträffen" in Smedjebacken. I did some mistakes but I enjoyed orienteering and had a feeling that I can increase my speed a bit compared to the last months. I did also some very nice MTB-training on a part of the course from a famous MTB-race Finnmarksturen, trying to improve my technique. I promised myself to join a MTB-club after I move to be able to train regulary. My training is fine now except for 2 days of illness last week. I am getting more and more busy with my studies (Java course) and with "arranging the future". It seems to be a bit unclear but it will be exciting to start something new.
2003-07-28 On Sunday (07/27) I participated in Swedish championship in inlines marathon (actually halfmarathon - 21km for women) in Mora. I think I was 6th (out of 7th) some 3 minutes after the best girl (my time was about 43:40). Again, it was very untactical performance - I was pulling a pack with two juniorgirls 2/3 of the course to be overtaken by them at the end. At least I beat the winner from last week. A great fun and a painful back afterwards. One guy from the skating federation came to me after the race and asked me to come to some more races. They must have a lack of girls.... Information about the race at the homepage of Swedish skating federation (in Swedish)
is a lazy month. After coming back from Norway my main activity has been
laying on a beach (at various lakes around Borlänge), swimming and
sunbathing. Of course, I have also done some training (see "Training").
2003-06-29 I am leaving for a trip to Northern Norway to participate in 4-days-orienteering-race Midnattsolgaloppen and to run and climb in the mountanins.
2003-06-29 Back from the adventure race KFUM Multisport in Örebro 28/6. 2nd place in the mix class (with Jan Johansson) after 8hours&39minutes on the course. A disappointment - the goal was to win. The first secion was a pretty tough and wet MTB-course which made me realised that my biking skills are still on the beginner's level. It cost me a lot of energy and knocked down my self-confidence. We had also some problems with carrying the heavy canoe between lakes, trying various carrying systems and just losing more and more time. But then we managed to get into the race and started to catch up. We were chasing the leading mix team for last 5 hours, getting closer and closer, but finally we didn't make it. It could have been longer. I felt much better at the second half of the race.
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