OLD NEWS >> July - August 2005
2005-08-28 Pain and mistakes at long distance district championship
had some doubts about my start at the long distance district championship
in Bjursås this Sunday (today). My little toe got worse again after
all the running during City Challenge and also some muscles in my left
thigh have been painful since the previous weekend. I had not been training
running at all this week, only kayak and roller skis once. It seems that
the only sport I can train without having pain now it is paddling.
It is possible that some bone in the little toe is broken but I was told
that even if it is the case, there is no special treatment so I do not
plan to go to see a doctor. Moreover, going to a hospital in Sweden, even
it is only a x-ray check up, would be a complicated and time-consuming
project. I will probably try to rest some more days now.
During the race I lost a few minutes because of orienteering mistakes.
The worse mistake came at the 5th control, a small cliff at the edge of
a green area. I would never choose such an object to be a control point
if I was a course setter. There were many other small cliffs around, which
were not on the map; the boundary of the green area was not distinct and
the control itself was hidden that it was visible only from a few meters.
The terrain and map were typical for Dalarna - the district where I live.
Even If I have been living here for more than six years it is not my favorite
terrain and I usually run better in another kind of terrain. The ability
to follow a certain direction is decisive here because sometimes controls
are placed "in the middle of nowhere" - there are no distinct
features around them. Some details might be missing on the maps, or only
some of them are there and some others of similar size are left out. The
Swedish championship is going to be held in Dalarna in 2 weeks. I do not
have any expectations about my results there but I hope to be healthy
and ready for fight.
4th place at City Challenge - my first adventure race this year
In the beginning of this year I decided not to participate in
any adventure race before WOC in Japan and to concentrate entirely on
orienteering. The reason is that every adventure race longer that a couple
of hours makes the body tired for a certain period of time, depending
on how long such a race is. I know that it can take about a week to recover
from a 1-1,5 day race and a about a month from a long expedition race.
But now when the WOC is over, it does not matter if I am tired for a couple
of days and cannot train properly. So I did not hesitate when the team
Haglöfs, in which Patrik is member, asked me if I could compete with
them in City Challenge in Stockholm. I came back home from the Japan-tour
on Wednesday early in the morning and already on Thursday evening I and
Patrik were on the way to Stockholm with a car and trailer packed with
bikes, kayaks, paddles, climbing gear, energy bars and gels, inlines and
a lot of other stuff for the race. Since the last day in Japan I had been
worried because of a pain in my little toe, but luckily it was almost
gone on Friday. Because one of the sections at City Challenge was inlines
skating, which I had not trained at all this year, I took a short ride
on my inlines on Thursday and luckily I did not have any problems with
City Challenge is the biggest urban adventure race in Europe, this year
organized for the fifth time. I have participated every year since 2002.
The organizers try to find new challenges every year and to make the race
exciting for both competitors and spectators. This year the most spectacular
section was the jumar-climbing to the top of Globe Arena (see the picture)
and rappelling down on the other side. The race is divided into three
The Launching (Prolog), 19.30-21.30 Friday, this year in the amusement
part Gröna Lund, 3 sections
Restless Night (Långa Natten), 23.00 Friday -06.00 Saturday, in
the area south of the city, mostly in forest, 4 sections
The Day After (Dagen Efter), 07.00-15.30 Saturday, in the city, 10 sections
Every team must have 4 members (at least one women), 3 members are on
the course while one is resting. There is a minimum number of sections
in which the women has to participate. Every team can have two assistants
who transport the gear and the resting competitor, prepare food and drinks
and help in the change-over in between every section. To be an assistant
at City Challenge is a tough task. Some sections are short and it is not
easy to drive in Stockholm.
The first part "Prolog" was almost perfect
for us, 2nd place, 2 minutes behind Free Adventure from Finland. It is
easy to push too much during the prolog when there are a lot of spectators
around the course but we stayed calm and saved some energy for the long
night and the day after. I participated in the first (rapell + running)
and third section (orienteering) and skipped the second (paddling) section.
During the Restless Night night we did not manage to
avoid a few orienteering mistakes (during MTB and orienteering sections).
It was more difficult that I expected. We were not allowed to use our
usual halogen headlamps which are much stronger than the compulsory LED
headlamp from Petzl. I participated in the third (orienteering) and fourth
section (inlines) and skipped the first (MTB) and second section (paddling
+ caving), having a rest for a few hours and even some short sleep in
the middle of the night. The 20km-long-inlines-section from the middle
of Nacka natural reserve to Karlberg Castle in the city was probably the
section I liked most of all this year. After the long night we were still
on the second place, 16 minutes behind the Finns.
During the Day After we had unfortunately a few problems.
First during the climbing + rapell on Globe Arena, Björn's backup
device got stuck twice on the rope on the way down. It took about 10-15
minutes to release it. During this time we were passed by both team Ryska
Posten/SATS and Halti. Another "accident" happened during the
last paddling section near Kungsholmen. The see was pretty rough there
with big waves coming from all directions. Patrik flipped in his fast
but not very stable kayak. On the top of that his rudder got broken a
few hundred meters further away. We lost another at least 15 minutes.
We tried to chase the two Swedish teams ahead of us, got closer, but the
course was not long enough. Results (First six teams):
1 Free Adventure FIN 14:39:18
2 Ryska Posten/SATS SWE 15:01:33
3 Halti SWE 15:10:03
4 Team Haglöfs SWE 15:13:47
5 FK Herkules 2 SWE 15:40:11
6 Lundhags Adventure SWE 15:52:33
results (excel file)
It was a great experience to compete with the guys from team Haglöfs,
definitely one of the nicest in my adventure racing career. I think non
of us is satisfied with the fourth place but on the other hand the motivation
to compete in such races is based on much more than only the goal to make
a good results. When it comes to my own performance, I am not completely
happy about my navigation during the night. The rest was OK. I participated
in all running/orienteering sections and the inlines section, and I skipped
all paddling and biking. I felt fine until the noon on Saturday. At that
time my legs started to be very sore from all the running on asphalt and
even my stomach was not in the top shape at the end of the race, but that
was not unexpected. Yesterday, I could hardly walk and had pain in my
right knee. Today it is a bit better but it will take some more days to
In my opinion this year's race was much better than the previous one.
Good maps, interesting course and spectacular climbing section on the
Globe Arena. Almost all the best Swedish teams and the best Finnish team
were participating in the elite class which made City Challenge to be
one of the most important adventure races in Scandinavia this year.
Check this out! Swedish television filmed parts of the race, including
the climbing of the Globe Arena. Almost the whole video
is about our team - Team Haglöfs, showing Björn's troubles on
the rope. Multisport
tävling mitt i Stockholm (Media or Real Player required).
In a few days I will put here some photos. For more information about
the race, photos etc. go to www.citychallenge.nu
(also in English).
Relay: 5th, back in Sweden, pain in little toe, adventure race City Challenge
in Stockholm next
The last WOC race was as usual relay. Our
team consisted of Marta Sterbova on the first leg, me on the second one
and Dana on the last leg. All of us did a good race almost without mistakes
and we finished on the 5th place, only 5 minutes after the winners from
Map long distance final
The final part of the WOC was banquet. I will not write about any details,
only about the fact that one of the Czech guys stepped on my left little
toe which has been pretty painful since that, making me worried about
my participation in the adventure race this weekend. Immediately after
the banquet we started the tiring travel back home - through Nagoya, Tokyo,
Amsterdam and Prague, where I stayed one day and from where I continued
to Stockholm and Borlänge. Today I woke up at 4 a.m. which reminded
me about the jet-leg.
I will probably write more about the WOC and analyze my final runs but
not now. I am busy packing for my first adventure race this year - City
Challenge in Stockholm. We are leaving only in few hours. The race
starts tomorrow (Friday) at 19:30 and the first team is expected to come
to the finish at about 4 p.m. on Saturday. I will compete with the experienced
team Haglöfs (previously Maybe) with Patrik Moris, Björn Lans
and Gustaf Hedin. I am looking forward to it a lot. My little toe seems
to be much better today and I hope that I will manage to run without using
Long distance: 13th.
I had a better feeling today in the forest. It seems like
I could have fought and pushed me more at the end of the course. Now –
3 hours after the race – I am feeling little bit too fine. I avoided
mistakes but I probably did not take the best route choices even if I
was convinced in the forest that they were the right ones, except for
the one to the 11th control. Many runners ended up running in groups.
The 2-minutes-long start interval does not seem to be enough. I was alone
most of the time, Simone caught me at the 13th control but there was no
chance that I could keep the same pace. I could see her only a few minutes.
She is incredible.
I do not really know if I should be satisfied. It would feel better to
be among the first 10. I did not have any placing-goals for this WOC and
I actually improved my previous results at both the middle distance and
long distance, but I am not completely happy now.
The last race is relay on Sunday. It is sure that Dana and I will be in
the team. The third girl will be decided soon. I hope to get the second
Middle distance: 14th.
Even if this fourteenth place is my best individual place ever at WOC
(I was 15th in Finland in 2001), I was disappointed when I crossed the
finish line. I did only a few mistakes but I lost most of the time by
slow running / walking. My body did not work as I hoped it would, and
I felt tired from the very beginning of the race. Unfortunately I did
not manage to think positively enough during the race. At least I manage
to avoid big mistakes. The terrain was nice; the course was little bit
more difficult than in the qualification but it was still more physically
than technically demanding. There was a route choice to the first control.
I did not want to take any risks and climbed about 5 extra contour lines
in order to be sure when approaching the control. It must have been a
slower alternative then a straighter route. Now I am trying to recover
for the long distance tomorrow which is my favourite discipline. I start
at 10:12 Japanese time. Photos,
No problems to make the final
If I remember right it has never happened that I would not
make the final at world champs or world cup. I know that I have to do
a really bad race not to qualify. My tactics for both the middle and long
distance qualification in Japan was us usual - to run carefully, not to
push on maximum level and save some energy for the other races later on.
On the other hand I know that in this terrain it can be a big advantage
to start at the end of the start field in the final so I cannot say that
I just jogged along the course.
Middle distance qualification
I felt nervous before the middle distance qualification – my first
race in Japan. Being nervous is a good sign for me. The body is realizing
that something important is coming soon and it helps me to sharpen my
concentration. After a few controls I was surprised how easy the course
was, both the orienteering difficulty and especially physically. The course
setter tried to be nice to us, I thought. There were no route choices
and that was pity. However, I did not manage to keep my concentration
on a desired level and made one smaller mistake (40-50 s) and one bigger
one (1,5 min) at the last and a bit tricky part of the course. I was not
satisfied with my run but I was never worried about the place in final.
I finished 5th in my heat, though, more then 5 minutes after Simone. Map
from middle distance
Long distance qualification
I felt a bit lazy before my start but when I grabbed the map I found the
right feeling and pace. The race was more difficult today; there were
some steep hills to climb and one interesting route choice. I had my performance
under control all the time; I did not make any mistake; found the right
route choice and did not push myself too much. I actually walked most
of the time when it was uphill. I finished 3rd in my heat, about one minute
after Marianne Andersen. I ran with my water system on my back (with Enervit
isotonic drink) and I drank at least five times from it in addition to
two refreshments controls. It was right choice to have it with me already
during the qualification race. Map from
long distance qualification.
When I compete in Sweden or in other countries with, for me, a normal
climate I usually warm up properly. I start the warming up about 40 minutes
before my start, I run at least 2 kilometers, I do some stretching and
other exercises and I also run some sprints (50-200 meters) to temporarily
increase my heart rate. Here I decided to limit the warming up to some
short jogging and stretching. I do not want to start sweating too early
and try to save the energy for the race. Some teams (Swedish, Australian,
and perhaps some other ones) have used cooling waistcoats which they take
off just before entering the start area.
Most of the Czech runners have seen a snake in the forest and some of
them got a bit scared. I have not been so “lucky” to see any
snake here, at least not yet. The snake issue has been discussed frequently.
The teams were told at the team officials meeting that only some of the
snakes are poisonous and that it has never happened in the Japanese orienteering
history that somebody would be stung by a snake.
Some of the best teams came to Japan already one and half weak before
the first race. The reason is the acclimatization. Some of them stayed
in the lowlands in a hotel with air-conditioning during the first days.
The temperature outside is much higher in the lowlands than here in the
mountains. All those teams except for the Norwegians moved up to the mountains
(to an accommodation without air-conditioning, located close to the WOC-races).
Norwegians are staying somewhere in a hotel in Toyota, which is rather
far away from the event centre and most of the races except for the sprint.
I prefer our way of acclimatization. We came one week before the first
race and we are staying in the mountains all the time in a simple hostel
without air-conditioning. On the other hand the climate is much nicer
here and is not bothering us anymore. I did not have any problems with
the jet-leg although the time difference between Sweden and Japan is 7
hours. We flew to Japan during a night (European time) and arrived in
Nagoya at 1 p.m. Japanese time (6 a.m. Central European Time). I decided
to stay awake during the whole night on the plane. In the evening after
our arrival I did not have any problems to fall asleep (around 9 p.m.
Japanese time which is 2 p.m. Central European time) and slept without
problems the whole night.
Tough combination: middle distance final on Thursday and long distance
I am aware of the fact that running the middle distance final on Thursday
is definitely not the best activity before the long distance final on
Thursday. At least not in this climate which makes us tired much more
than we are used to. I and Michal Horacek are the only ones in our team
to have this race combination and nobody in our team is running all the
races. The long distance is more important for both me and Michal, but
should we skip the middle final to stay fresh for the long distance the
day after? It is really a question. I have been thinking how much the
middle distance would affect my performance on the long distance. How
much time would I lose by it? One, two or five minutes? I know that some
other runners are hesitating. So far, I have not had any physical problems
here and I have not been unusually tired after the training and races.
Of course, the feeling I have when I am running in the forest here is
not as when I am running at home. But I always remind myself that it is
the same or even worse for all the other runners and I do not let any
negative thoughts come into my mind. I still have some time to think about
skipping the middle final but I feel that I can run well also there so
it is almost sure that I will be at the start on Thursday. More
3th place in the long distance qualification! After leading heat
A at checkpoint no 10 out of 14, Eva ended up at third place. This means
that she will be running in the final on Friday. Results here
and some pictures,
taken before the competions were started.
2005-08-07 5th place in middle distance qualification today and
Eva is ready for the final on Thursday. Results here.
Tomorrow she will compete again, now it is time for long distance qualification.
Follow the race online.
2005-08-04 In Japan already
Today it is the forth day of our stay in Japan. We arrived on Monday afternoon,
rented cars at the airport and drove to our accommodation in Tsukude High
School, which is located only a few kilometers from the event centre.
Read about my first impressions here.
Terrain and training
I have already done three training sessions on three different maps. The
terrain is more or less as I expected. The most difficult orienteering
problem (besides a route choice) is when you are on a top of a hill or
ridge and have to run down. It is easy to follow a wrong reentrant/ridge.
Such a mistake can cost you a lot. Therefore, it is very important to
look at the compass and check the direction before you start to run downhill.
The run-ability is not very good all the time. There are trees lying on
the ground and often some undervegetation (bamboo ?) so that you do not
see where you put your feet. I like the terrain and maps.
The climate here in mountains is actually not as warm as I expected. At
least not yet. I guess the temperature is not exceeding 30 degrees Centigrade.
Anyway, you sweat a lot and it is very important to drink regularly. I
have decided not rely on the 4 official refreshments controls at the long
distance final and I plan to run with a water system (bag) on my back
during this race.
The accommodation and food
The Czech team ended up together with a dozen other teams at Tsukude High
school where we are staying during the whole championships. It is not
far away from the event centre (a few kilometers) and it is located at
the edge of the embargoed area for the long distance final. The disadvantage
is that it is not very clean. We actually had to clean the rooms before
we moved in. The food served here (breakfast and dinner included) is continually
improving after a few appeals but I am happy that I brought some cereals
and dried food with me from Sweden. What do you expect for 35 EURO/person/day…
The Czech team
We are 9 runners (5 women and 4 men), 2 coaches and 1 physiotherapist/masseur.
We are all healthy and the spirit is fine. Besides training and discussing
the coming races we have also had a trip to a canyon and we also watch
some movies on a notebook in the evenings.
I am going to take it easy now before the races during the two remaining
days. The first race for me is a middle distance qualification on Sunday.
One day left to departure
Tomorrow I am leaving Sweden and beginning my journey to Japan. I am flying
first to Prague where I join the Czech national team and then on Sunday
we continue to Nagoya in Japan.
Middle distance qualification - Sunday (August 7th),
course 3,4km & 200m climbing
Long distance qualification - Monday (August 8th), course
5,2km & 330m climbing
Middle distance final - Thursday (August 11th), course
4,1km & 275m climbing
Long distance final - Friday (August 12th), course 8,8km
& 630m climbing
Relay - Sunday (August 14th), course 5,0km & 340m
climbing (The relay team will be decided after the long distance final).
I will try to send some reports from Japan to Patrik who will help me
to update this site. The official site of WOC is www.woc2005.jp.
As long as I know, the organizers are unfortunately not going to have
live results or sound/video from the races as it was offered during the
WOC in Sweden last year.
The time difference between Sweden and Japan is 7 hours (during summer).
Most of the the races will be between 9 and 12 a.m. Japanese time which
means between 2 and 5 a.m. CET (during night). Hopefully my body will
adjust to the time difference without problems. I have already started
to get up earlier... Another necessary adjustment will be to the climate.
It is going to be hot (30-35 degrees Centigrade) and very high air humidity
(70-95 %). I hope I will cope with the climate well, or at least not worse
than the other runners.
I am very happy about my preparations for WOC. I feel that I am in a good
shape, perhaps the best ever. My times during different interval sessions
have been better that ever before. The terrain in Japan should suit me
well. I have always enjoyed running in a hilly terrain and this year I
have concentrated on training in such a terrain much more than I used
to do. I do not have any goals for placing in the different races. I only
want to run as good as I can, do good runs. I am looking forward to going
to WOC a lot.
See also a few photos
O-ringen: 13th place in D21 Superelite
I am satisfied with my performance on the middle distance (E3)
- I finished 8th. However I am not so happy about all the mistakes I did
at the long distance (E2) and my concentration problems during the second
half of the sprint course (E1). Results and more on www.oringen.com.
I have finally bought a scanner so now you can have
a look at my maps from the races of the two previous months. Each map
will be opened in a new window. To go back, close the window.
O-ringen E4 long
2005-07-22 (Skillingaryd) 481kB
O-ringen E3 middle
part 1 2005-07-21 (Åsa) 134 kB
O-ringen E3 middle
part 2 2005-07-21 (Åsa) 121 kB
O-ringen E2 long
2005-07-20 (Åsa) 773kB
O-ringen E1 sprint
2005-07-19 (Värnamo) 257 kB
Sälen 3+3 middle
2005-07-03 (Hemfjällstangen) 404 kB
Sälen 3+3 long
2005-07-02 (Hemfjällstangen) 540 kB
Sälen 3+3 sprint
2005-07-01 (Lindvallen) 248 kB
long 2005-06-12 (Hungary, Sümeg) 510 kB
middle 2005-06-11 (Hungary, Sümeg) 245 kB
More at maps.
2005-07-18 O-Ringen next
In a few hours I am leaving Borlänge and going to Småland in
southern Sweden where I will participate in O-Ringen,
in D21SE (Superelite). The first stage is in Värnamo tomorrow afternoon,
2nd and 3rd stage is in Åsa near Jönköping (long and middle
distance) and 4th, last one is in Skillingaryd (longer middle distance)
on Friday. The whole Swedish and part of the Norwegian WOC-team will take
part in O-Ringen this year. The Superelite class's program has been adjusted
to fit participants of WOC in Japan and consists of only 4 stages. All
other classes started already yesterday.
Back home after 2 weeks of training in mountains
During the last week I was training in Norway in 2 different areas. The
first one was Rondane - beautiful mountains in central
Norway and Norway´s first national park with peaks over 2000m. We
(I and Patrik) ran up/climbed up to Storronden 2138m, Rondslottet 2178m
and Veslesmeden 2015m. On the way to Rondane we also stopped in Lillehammer
and spent one night in a tent there - on the olympic stadium for cross-country
skiing. The second place was Jotunheimen - the highest
mountains in Norway - Here I did something I have never done before. I
was skiing on snow in the middle of a summer! On 1400m above see level
there is a summer
cross-country skiing center, situated near Sognefjellshytta. The track
was 6,5 km long, prepared for skating in the morning and classic style
in the afternoon. The weather could not be better (sunshine and hot) and
even if the wet snow was a bit slower than in winter I was enjoying the
skiing a lot. During the last day of our stay in Norway we climbed up
to the highest mountain of Norway - Galdhöpiggen 2469m. Perhaps a
half of the path to the top was covered with snow and it was easy to run
down in it. Running in mountains is my favorite way of training and I
really enjoyed the whole stay Norway.
week before our trip to Norway was also spent in mountains. This time
in Sälen where O-ringen is planned to be organized
in few years. I concentrated on orienteering training here and I am very
satisfied with this week too. I did 5 o-training sessions and 3 races
in a nice but demanding mountain terrain. I managed to win the sprint
(my first sprint race since 2001) (results)
and long distance (results)
and was 6th at the middle distance(results).
More about the race at www.malungsok.com/3+3/.
Newspapers articles in Swedish: "Jurenikova
bästa dalkulla" (Dalademokraten) and "Nära
trippel för Eva Jurenikova" (Falukuriren). I hope to be
able to show maps with my route choices here but I have to buy a scanner
Since I was not working during the previous 4 weeks I could train a lot
(almost 50 hours), check my training
diary (excel-file). The greatest part of my training was running,
but I spent quite many hours on my MTB as well. The unusual part was the
cross country skiing in Sognefjell. I carried out most of the training
sessions in a hilly terrain and I believe that I am a better hill runner
as I have ever been before.
I am spending this week at home in Borlänge, taking it easy, swimming
in lakes and relaxing in order to recover from the previous weeks. I still
have some pain in groins (inner part of thigh) , especially in the right
one. It is without doubt from the skiing but I hope it disappears in a
See also the photos
from the whole trip (Sälen, Rondane, Jotunheimen).