After 2 weeks of preparations in Turkey I am now getting ready for the European Champs and World Cup Final. When this is written it is 240 hours to the event starts in Tyumen, Russia and it is just the last sharpening to be done.
A lot have happened lately. My performances have varied a lot the last month, from two 2nd places in World-Cup to two of my worst international placements for many years. Even the “bad races” were quite ok performances. This shows how small margins there are in Ski Orienteering today. When you cross the finish line it is hard to tell if the race is good enough to win or not even a top 10! See all the maps and my routes from these races.
These two weeks in Turkey have been quite interesting. It started of by Emily and me holding the first IOF Ski Orienteering Academy here. It was quite a lot of work to get this done, but it was so inspiring to see all these young and enthusiastic participants trying out Ski Orienteering. Most of them were XC-skiers so they knew how to control their skies, but some of them event used alpine skies! I don’t think that is to recommend. With 121 participants from 10 countries we must be very happy with the participation at the academy.
The academy was held as a part of the Ergan Ski-O days. The day after the academy it was a held a footO sprint. I tried to take it a bit easy in this race since I not have been running fast for some months, but still I got quite sore legs afterwards.
The last day of the Ergan Ski-O days was Turkeys first ski-o race held. I started of by making a massive mistake to the first control, visiting both 3rd and 2nd before I found the one I was looking for. When I even skied to the 13th instead of 12th control in the end, and had to do the hill an extra time, I had no chance of the victory, which went to Gion Schnyder.
After the Ergan Ski-o days we and some more of the international participants went to next towns Ski Center, in Erzurum. We had heard about he stadium since the Winter Univarsiade and the Junior World Champs in XC-skiing have been held here. We were quite surprised to see how little snow it was here, only a 5-10 cm. But luckily it the snow was very hard from +10 degrees in the days and minus in the nights, so you could to long explorations around in the mountains. It has been invested many millions in the ski stadium here which is fenced in for safety, but the best ski conditions you found outside of the fence. You only had to look out for the wolfes and other animals.
During our days here the weather has just got warmer and warmer and the little snow that was here has melted so fast the last days so it has only been possible to ski inside the fence the last days on a track that has got shorter and shorter every day. Luckily this has suited me well since the last days have had shorter and harder sessions.
Now I am looking forward to getting home to Norway and do the last preparations. Hopefully it will be possible to do some of the sessions now as Ski-o sessions at Lygna were the snow layer thickness is more than 2 meteres!