OLD NEWS >> May - June 2005
Preparation for WOC
How should I prepare for WOC? I have never been in Japan before so probably
the best way for me would be to go there for a training camp since the
terrain and climate are very special. Unfortunately the Czech national
team has rather limited resources and a separate training camp before
WOC has always been out of question. However, we will come to Japan already
one week before the first WOC-race and I hope it will help us understand
the orienteering technique, get used to the climate to get over the jet-leg.
My training and racing plans are as follows:
During this week and the following two ones a hard training is on my program
- many training-hours and a lot of climbing. I am going to train and compete
in Sälen (mountains near Norwegian border) where I will participate
3+3 (27th of June - 3rd of July). Then I will spend the following
week (4th-10th of July) in Norway in mountains - both running and hiking.
I plan to go to Jotunheimen
(the highest area) and Rondane.
I am looking forward to this week a lot since Norway with its mountains
is probably the most beautiful place in the world I have ever visited.
Then I will have one week of little training but in higher intensity (11th-17th
of July). I will also participate in O-ringen
in the Superelite-class (19th-22nd of July in Småland). This year
O-ringen is only a 4-days-race for the runners in Superelite with two
stages in a terrain similar to Japan. After O-ringen there is only one
week left to the departure to WOC. It will be again a week of little training
in high intensity. The departure is on 31st of July.
"Only" 5th at Jukola
Our team Domnarvets GoIF 1 finished 5th in Jukola relay last weekend in
Finland. It was a pretty tight fight, especially on the last leg. Our
last leg runner Karolina A Höjsgaard was only a few seconds after
the third place which went to Stora Tuna IK - another club from Borlänge
(which is a town with 50000 inhabitants..). Congratulations!
I am not really satisfied with my run on the second leg (started 10th,
came to the change-over as 11th, 19s behind). I did too many mistakes.
Not any big ones but I assume I lost over 2 minutes totally. I have been
thinking why I did them. I guess that my concentration was just not good
enough this time.
Jukola is a rather special race. Over 800 teams started in the women-competition
which is actually called Venla and consists of 4 legs. Jukola is a name
of the men-competition, has 7 legs and over 1300 teams starting this year.
The whole event is huge. It is the biggest orienteering relay event in
the world, attracting over 12000 participants. The number of people running
in one forest cannot leave it without traces. I ran the 2nd leg which
was similar to the first leg. On the great part of the course I could
follow paths in the forest, made by the first leg runners. It is tricky
and it requires a bit different orienteering technique. You know that
it is faster to follow the path and that it will probably lead you to
your control. However, there is a risk that you choose a wrong path and
end up at a wrong control. I also find the paths disturbing. I usually
have a plan how to run to the next control and I am always heading to
some "point" (cliff, top of a hill, edge of a marsh etc.). It
helps me to concentrate on the map. If I follow a path in a forest made
by the runners I have to adjust my plan all the time and it is actually
disturbing me, perhaps more that it helps to lead me to my control.
There our both our teams on the picture above. The second team (Karin-Sara-Linn-EvaE)
above and the first team (Elin-me-Dana-Karolina) below. Our second team
finished 35th as the "best second team".
results and maps
with courses from all legs (both Jukola and Venla)
Jukola in English
Videos from the Finnish TV YLE (mostly in Finnish) Venla-video
(all members of our team can be seen there) and Jukola-video.
Selected for world championship in Japan
I am going to represent Czech national team in the World Orienteering
Championships in Japan in August. I won one of the selection races in
Hungary last weekend.
I traveled to Hungary on Friday 10th (by plane to Budapest, and a very
slow train to Tapolca) and joined the group of Czech runners and organizers
in the evening. I arrived too late to participate in the model event but
I was informed that the terrain there was pretty bushy. I went only jogging
for a while and noted that my legs felt fine.
The first race was a middle distance (on Saturday). On
the Friday evening I figured out where the start and finish approximately
would be and I tried to set a course on the map I had. When I was jogging
to the start on Saturday morning it was clear that my assumption was right.
I was not running very fast and I was definitely not afraid to stop and
take an extra look at the detailed map. I managed quite well until the
second last control. On the way to it, in a "green" and flat
area I stopped to check my compass and made the biggest mistake of this
year - I lost almost 5 minutes there and even the victory in the race.
Dana Brozkova, the best one of the Czech women did not finished the race
because of a pain in her back. Results
long distance on Sunday was supposed to be really long
but it turned out to be even longer. I won after 99 minutes of running
(the course was 9,5km and 650 m climbing) with 7 minutes down to the second
place. Well, I did not mind it to be so long at all even if I got some
problems with cramps in my legs. We had 2 refreshment controls only and
we were lucky that it was not so warm. I took one Enervit energy tablet
with me (attached to my tights) and I really had to use it at the end
of the race. My performance was far from perfect. I made a wrong decision
about a route choice to the 9th control and lost about 4 minutes there.
At the end of the course I lost additional 2 minutes. However, I won and
according to the selection criterions I was selected for the WOC. Results
from the selection races (from Jiri Zicha).
The Czech team for WOC 2005 will consist of 4 women, 4 men and 3 officials.
More about it on the site
of Czech team (in Czech). It is going to be my 3rd world orienteering
champions (I participated also in Scotland in 1999 and in Finland in 2001).
I will run the long distance and probably also the middle distance and
of course I hope to be in the relay team.
Now the tough training period is to come but first I will take part in
Jukola this weekend,
running the 2nd leg in the first team of Domnarvets GoIF.
Less than one week left to the WOC-selection races
Czech national orienteering team has its selection races in Hungary already
this week on 11th (middle) and 12th (long distance) of June. Almost one
month earlier than for example Swedish and Norwegian team. I am flying
to Hungary on Friday (10th).
At the end of the last year I decided to concentrate on orienteering after
3 years when I mainly competed in adventure racing. My goal was to join
the Czech national team and to get selected for the World Championship
in Japan. Now, a half year later I am convinced that my decision was right.
I enjoy orienteering and I am motivated both for competing and training.
The selection races this weekend will show whether I succeed. I am looking
forward to it and feel confident about the hilly terrain.
have a map of the competition area at home ( it is the same area as EOC
2002, see a part of it above). During the remaining days I will spend
some time looking at it, setting courses and analyzing route choices.
I really like looking at maps (not only orienteering ones but also road
maps etc.) and I believe that it is a good way to prepare for o-races.
When it comes to the physical training I plan to take it easy and rest
a lot. The plan is: interval session tomorrow (short intervals), an orienteering
training on Wednesday, rest on Thursday and jogging and some sprints on
Friday. After 3 years of various multisport training my legs are still
not completely used to running o lot (especially in the high intensity).
The training summaries of the members of the Czech national team can be
compared at the team's
site and I know that I run less than almost all the other women in
the national team. I want to increase both the time and quality of the
running part of my training but I have to do it slowly. I do a lot of
alternative training. Today I have been kayaking instead of running, letting
my legs relax a bit.
Warm weather and tough courses at Czech Continental Cup and eye problem
Last weekend I participated in the Czech
national races (Continental Cup) organized in a small mountain village
Vojtiskov near Polish border. If I do not count the 3-days competition
this Easter it was my first participation in a big race in my home country
after 3 years. Those races in Vojtiskov were a bit special because of
two reasons. 1. The terrain - it was used for orienteering for the first
time. It was extremely hilly and also the navigation was difficult since
the map was very detailed. Many of the details were small hills/stone
heaps made by people long time ago. 2. The weather conditions - the temperature
exceeded 30 degrees Centigrade. I had not experienced such a heat for
at least 2 years. However, it was a good training for the world champs
in Japan where the temperature is expected to be around 35 degrees Centigrade.
I finished 5th (middle) and 3rd (long) and was a bit disappointed. I lost
almost 2 minutes at one control at the middle distance and also did some
other smaller mistakes. Moreover my legs felt heavy most probably from
a spinning training on Thursday before the races. My orienteering performance
on the long distance was better but I was simply running (or walking)
too slowly to be able to beat the best Czech o-woman Dana Brozkova who
won both on Saturday and Sunday. Results
middle (Saturday) and results
long (Sunday). And also my map
from middle (232KB) and map
from long (595KB) distance.
Also two members of the Swedish national team, the world champions Niclas
Jonasson and Emil Wingsted took part in those Czech races. They spent
the whole week training in the hilly terrain in Czech republic instead
of participating in Nordic Championship in Norway. Their aim was to train
for World championship in Japan. They were satisfied with the tough and
On Monday after the race it was time to travel back to Sweden. When I
woke up I felt that my eye is sore. I remembered that I had scratched
it a bit during the race on Sunday when I was running through a thorny
bush. I was feeling uneasy on the plane and later on the train to Borlänge
since the pain was increasing and I had to keep my hand in front of the
eye to protect it from the light. In the evening the eye was so light
sensitive that l only wanted to keep my head under a blanket. It was not
so difficult to find out what happened. The cornea - eye's outermost layer
was scratched and infected. The symptoms are great pain, blurred vision,
tearing, redness, and extreme sensitivity to light. Luckily I got an ointment
with antibiotics from one friend and now two days later the eye is much
better and I can start to train again. I think that this kind of injury
must be very common among orienteers. The tricky thing about it is that
it takes some time before the infection starts and you realize the problem.
I have started to consider wearing glasses during orienteering. The question
is how to prevent fogging of the glasses while running in a forest.
Training camp with national team
I am updating my site from Ostrava, Czech republic where my parents
live. Last week I participated in a training camp with the Czech national
team in Trutnov. We trained mostly middle (about 35-40 minutes, many controls
and changes of direction) - the distance in which the Czech team usually
has least success. The terrain we trained in was one of the most difficult
ones in Czech republic. We used Sportident to analyze our training. See
and results from the training camp. I have taken some pictures.
They are from Adrspach - a natural reserve with sandstone rocks where
we were jogging and climbing.
Yesterday I bought a flight ticket to Hungary. Czech team is going to
have the selection races for world championship near Sümeg (already
on June 11-12). Maps from EOC 2002 are going to be used. The terrain is
very hilly and resembles the Japanese terrain quite well.
After long time I have updated my electronic training diary. If you want
to know how I train, you can download it from here
(excel file, over 350KB, the abbreviations are explained at training).
I almost forgot to mention that I helped my friend Sofia to rebuild here
web site. I did it as a final project at a university course in web design
which I finished this spring. Check the site at www.sofiareyier.com.
Going to Czech republic again
I am going to spend 11 days in Czech republic and I am leaving Sweden
in a few hours. We have training camp with the
national team May 19-22 and national cup - races next weekend (Continental
cup in Vojtiskov).
The photo here is from my work - I am teaching orienteering in 4th grade
where I work as a sports teacher this month. It is part of a project called
Skogsäventyret ("Forest adventure"), The Swedish orienteering
federation is the initiator of this project. The world champion Karolina
A Höjsgaard works as an ambassador and visits different schools in
Sweden. Many of the kids were pretty excited about orienteering. More
information an photos on the site of the project www.skogsaventyret.se
(in Swedish, article VM-drottning på hemmaplan in Borlänge).
2005- 05-07 My online maps updated
Having some time during these days I managed to update this site with
my maps from races and some training in March and April. You can find
the links below together with some comments.
2005-04-23 (Kungsängen) map
I was running the 3rd leg. Zuzana came first from the 2nd leg but I managed
to stay calm and to do my own race. From the 4th control I was running
alone. Not in a very high speed but almost without mistakes apart from
some 20s at the second last control. I was nervous later when Karolina
was running the last leg, following her fight against Simone Niggli-Luder
(Ulricehamns) on the big TV screen. Great feeling to win Tiomila again!
(I was in the team which won in 2000.) Domnarvets GoIF this time: Elin
Dahlin - Zuzana Macuchova - me - Dana Brozkova - Karolina A Höjsgaard.
Results at www.tiomila.se,
and article with webb-tv on
www.svt.se (in Swedish).
Articles in Swedish newspapers: Karro
fixade guld till Domnarvet (BT), Höjsgaard
kunde defilera hem tiomila (Expressen)
long 2005-04-17 (Hässleholm) map
Elitserien middle final 2005-04-16 (Hässleholm)
Elitserien middle qual. 2005-04-16 (Hässleholm)
After coming back from the training camp in Czech republic my legs were
not in the best shape. I think I was not used to so much running after
the winter when I mostly did some xc-skiing. I knew I would not be able
to run very fast. I decided not to care about it and focus on orienteering
- to run without mistakes. I succeeded well in this effort even if the
feeling from running was far from good. I finished 17th (middle) and 19th
(long). I liked the terrain in Skåne, southern Sweden (hilly, good
visibility, not very Scandinavian) even if some parts of the forest were
damaged due to a windstorm in January (the pink areas on the maps).
Results at: www.hassleholmsok.nu/elitserien/
2005-04-10 (near Norrträlje) map
My team Domnarvet 2 (Zuzana - EvaE - me on the last leg) finished 4th,
less than 1 minute after the first place which went to our first team
with double world champion Karolina on the last leg. I was surprised to
be in the lead during some parts of the race but at the very end (second
last control) Jenny Johansson, Karolina and Simone Niggli-Luder overtook
me. However, I gained some self-confidence during this race. I was able
to rely on myself and took my own route choices while the others were
camp in Czech republic, 2 weeks (end of March - beg. of April)
I spent the first week with people from my Swedish club Domnarvets GoIF.
We were training in the nice sandstone areas near Jicin, visited natural
reserve Prachov, participated in Prague Easter 3-days in Doksy and did
some sightseeing in Prague. During the second week I visited my parents
in Ostrava and also joined the Czech national team at a training camp,
also in Doksy.
I am satisfied with my orienteering performance during the stay in Czech
republic. I won the 3-days race and also managed to get selected for the
Results from Prague Easter: at www.orienteering.cz/zavody/dkp/pe2005/
Photos from the first
week with Domnarvet and from the training
camp with national team
The web site of the Czech national team http://repreob.hyperlink.cz/
with me (in Czech)
Karolina 2005-04-03 (Doksy) 246 kB
Prague Easter day
3 2005-03-27 (Doksy) 192 kB
Prague Easter day
2 2005-03-26 (Doksy) 251 kB
Prague Easter day 1 2005-03-25
(Doksy) 258 kB
2005-03-23 (Czech republic, near Jicin) 328 kB (what
is the best route choice 5-6?)
Back from holidays on Cyprus
I have returned from holidays on Cyprus (an island in the Mediterranean
See). Of course, I was not only lying on the beach and celebrating the
victory in Tiomila, I was training as well. Probably the best training
session was the run to the top of the highest mountain Mt. Olympus 1952m.
I managed to burn my skin in the sun already during the second day, when
I was running 2,5 hours in the middle of the day, testing how I can stand
the heat... The holidays were really nice and helped me to relax after
the previous weeks when I was pretty busy at my work. See 26
photos from Cyprus.