OLD NEWS >> September 2003
The end of the racing season is close but my motivation to compete is
just getting higher. I decided to run the district champs in orienteering
- long distance on Sunday (2003-09-28). The organisers prepared a
nice course (12km). However, the number of participants was so low that
the race seemed to be more like a training. I felt a bit sorry about the
people from the organising club... My goal was to concentrate properly
during the whole course to avoid big mistakes. I didn't really suceed
in it and made 2 pretty big ones. Finished 2nd. There is even an article
about the race with some pictures in the local newspapers, in Swedish.
And map with my route
Yesteraday, already the 4th race in the local adventure series - Mellsta
Mountain Adventure Race took place in Mellsta, Borlänge. I didn't
participate this time - I was the organiser instead. But I had at least
as much fun as if participated. 16 competitors were struggling on the
hilly course. Each section was won by a different person and the total
winning time was 36:57. Thanks to the people helping me with the organisation!
This is our team from Swedish championship in orienteering - relay
(Elin, me and Karolina) which took place yesterday in Karlstad. We had
some expectaitions, especially because Karolina is the best orienteering
woman in Sweden now. I took it very easy with my training last week to
be fresh for this race. Unfortunately, Elin lost quite much on the first
leg. I had then "OK run" on the second leg and picked some places
and finally Karolina had the best time on the last leg and pushed our
team up to the 7th place. I was quite happy with my run, even if I did
some small mistakes. I was motivated and concentrated and even nervous
before the race.
More information about the sprint adventure race which I organize
next week is online - now also with maps and courses. Check the special
site for Mellsta Mountain Adventure
2003-09-18 I have added one more section to this site. It is called "Maps" (see the menu) and contains scanned maps from some orinteering and adventure racse which I have participated in (with my route choices) and some others. Check it out!
2003-09-15 Disappointment at Swedish Champs at the classic distance in orienteering (in Värmland). I didn't make the final finishing 12th - 15 seconds after the 10th place - in heat D (first 10 qualified for final). I made a big mistake at the first control and lost 4 minutes there. It is very stupid to start a race like this.... I think I was not really ready for the fact that the terrain would be so difficult - I got lost in an area with very bad visibility and many small hills and stones. Results from the qualification.
There are quite many peole intrested in adventure racing living in/around
Borlänge. On Tuesday we had already third sprint adventure race -
Lugnet CR in Falun. The course was placed around the famous ski jumps
and cross-country skiing tracks. The race director Per Vestling from the
team Maybe surprised with 2 new disciplines - a double tyrolian traverse
and kickbikes (such ones which kids ride). The uphill inlines section
was the toughest section for me and I struggled a lot with the skiing
poles which I used for the first time on asphalt. All of us had a lot
of fun. See the pictures
(taken by Martin Andersson) and the results
from this race.
2003-09-08 Gruvbragden is a sprint adventure race in/around the cooper mine in Falun, with start on the bottom of the Great Pit (10km MTB, 3km RU, 3km CA, 3km RU). This year I competed with Jonas Birgersson from Team Craft and we won the MIX class. I am probably in a better shape compared to the last year - our time 83:37 was almost 3' better. Or Jonas was just pushing me more than Mats last year on the upphill running part... Results. An article in the local newspapers Dalademokraten (in Swedish).
2003-09-04 Yesterday we had our club champs in inlines. 10km individual start. My time was 20:37 and I won the women category (out of 2). See the results. I was quite exhausted already before the race because I had thought that I wouldn't have time to participate and did a tough aerobic/strength session only one hour before the start. Anyway, it was a good mental training to press myself a bit...
recovering after City Challenge goes fast and I can train and compete
again after few days. At the weekend I ran district champs in orienteering
at short distance and relay. The short
distance (30/8) went in a very stony terrain near Dala-Järna
where I was able neither to run nor to navigate in a high speed. I finished
The relay (31/8) was in a terrain which was more favourable for me
(hilly, almost no stones). I came first to the change-over from the second
leg in spite of the fact that I did some mistakes. Our team Domnarvets
GoIF 1 finished 3rd. See some pictures
at the site of my orienteering club.
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