OLD NEWS >> November 2003
I am quite happy with the last weekend. We - Team Silva Multisport (=
me and Emelie) - won the 6-hours-orienteering-race Litepac PowerBar
Rogaine (in the women cathegory). The race was organised by OK Ravinen
in Gustavsberg (15 km east of Stockholm) in a beautiful terrain. There
were 37 controls placed in the forests around Gustavsberg and visiting
each control gave from 20 to 100 points. The maximum number of points
was 1940. No team suceeded in collecting all of the points. However, the
best team in the men cathegory was not that far from the maximum - they
got 1880 points. We managed to obtain 1550 points - which would give us
the 8th place among the men. See the total
The race started at 12:00 and the last possible arrival without getting
a time-penalty was at 18:00. It got dark after 3,5 hours and we had to
use our headlamps which we were carrying with us during the whole race.
The maps (3 different ones) were distributed at 11:00 so we had one hour
to decide the order of controls and our route choices and to draw them
on all of the maps. It was difficult to know exactly how many controls
we would be able to visit, so I prepared different alternatives for making
a short cut and skipping certain controls at the end.
It was for the third time I competed together with Emelie and after the
race we could agree that it just works better and better. I was responsible
for the navigation and Emelie was carrying the starting card and punching
the controls, which gave me some extra time to read the map.
I ate 4 or 5 gels, one energy bar and a few energy tablets with mineral
salts (for avoiding cramps) and drank about 2 litres of a sports drink
during the race.
The fact that I didn't have any pain in my right knee (the problem called
"runner's knee") was probably more important than the competition
result. I was quite worried before the race because it had happened a
couple of times earlier that I started to feel pain only after 2-3 hours.
Therefore, last Thursday (two days before the race) I went to Anders firstname.lastname@example.org
who is a chiropractor to get some treatment for my back. Anders had helped
me a few times before and I hoped that it could get better even this time.
And the result was better than expected -I didn't have any pain at all.
Our team photographer Mats Andren email@example.com
followed our team and took many nice pictures. Some of them can
be found on: http://www.wombat.to/rogaining2003/
If you understand Swedish, read the article "6
timmar orientering i ljus och mörker" on alternativet.nu
- with some pictures and parts of the used maps.
2003-11-12 I almost forgot that the new "training year"
started on Monday last week. At least according to the orienteering people
from Czech republic. I used to follow this system trying to make some
plans for the coming year. This year I don't really know. I have motivation
to train and to participate in some adventure races next year but I am
not sure whether I want to prepare for the world
championships in orienteering which takes place in Sweden in September
2004 - just about 100 km from the place where I live now.
Last weekend (7-9/11) I took part in a course for orienteering coaches
in Leksand. It was quite intensive weekend - with many lectures and also
exercises outside. The main topics were leadership, training orienteering-technique,
planning etc. I have learned some new things and I hope to be able to
continue in February.
This week on Saturday I and Emelie (Team Silva) will run together at Litepac
PowerBar Rogaine in Gustavsberg (near Stockholm). It is 6-hours-orienteering-competition
and the goal is to collect as many points as possible. Each control is
given a certain number of points depending on how far and difficult it
is. We partcipated in this race already last year and now we have the
victory in the women cathegory to defend. I am in a quite good shape but
I have had some problems with my right knee and now I am afraid that I
get pain in it after a few hours of running. Check the pictures from
the last year: on the site
of our team (@Mats Andren) and on the site
of the organisers OK Ravinen.
2003-11-05 Last weekend almost the whole Team
Silva came to Borlänge for a training camp. I was the
organiser and they all stayed in my apartment. The focus was on technique,
On Friday evening I prepared a short orienteering course on a map behind
our house where we could test the new headlamps from Silva.
On Saturday we drove to Gyllbergen (a natural reserve about 25km from
Borlänge) to train orienteering again. The terrain up there is quite
tough - hilly, with many marshes and heather slowing down the speed. This
time it was even tougher - about 5 cm wet snow was lying on the ground
and but the marshes were not frozen yet, so our feet were sinking into
them and freezing despite the wet socks. I shoud get myself ready for
a revenge at some of the next training camps....
On Saturday afternoon we spent some time in the climbing hall. The last
training (on Sunday) was devoted to cycling technique - I asked one coach
from the local cycling club for help us with that. First we practised
to cycle in a pack on the roads, changing the positions in the pack fast,
and then we tested the MTB-course. We got a lot of valuable advice about
cycling in curves, downhill etc.
We spent quite a lot of time planning and discussing about the coming
season. The pictures from our training camp will come soon.
I can also mention here that I got a chance to test the long blade skates
for the first time (last week on Monday). It was a great fun and now I
plan to buy my own skates and to start to train when the ice will get
a bit thicker.