Silje Ekroll Jahren

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This weekend I started the orienteering national season in Switzerland, with the 1. Nationaler in Winterthur on Sunday. I ran a technical stable middle distance race, with only two minor mistakes, which resulted in a 6th position. The day before I ran the 5km at Kerzerslauf. The 5km had quite much elevation, and varied between paved streets, forest streets and small paths. I started out controlled, and managed to keep a constant pace through out the race, finishing 9th overall and 6th in my category on a time of 19:36. 

 

 

 

 

 

Just 2 weeks after the training camp in Spain, I went to Gargano in Italy for the international open MOC sprint camp. Together with a big group of international elite runners, I got to run many tricky old town sprints in full speed. As part of the camp we ran two IOF test sprint races, one knockout sprint and one chasing start sprint. Tough, but good training. The week in the south of Italy was ended with participation in MOC, on the west coast. There we ran a night sprint in Agropoli, a sprint in the UNESCO ruins of Paestum, and in the UNESCO royal park of Reggia di Caserta. 

 

 

 

After a long period of virus sickness in January, I was finally ready for my first training camp this winter. Together with seven swiss orienteers I went to Alicante 11th-20th of February. We had a bungalow at the coast by Guardamar close to Alicante, and got a very nice training week. At the first day we participated at the Lorca O meeting, and in the second weekend in Trofeo Costa Calida. I only ran the sprint and middle distance the second weekend fast, due to my long sickness break. The results were ok, with a 7th place in the sprint and a 5th place in the middle distance. This training week was a good step in the right direction, and I am happy that my body starts to recover normally and seems to respond to the training.

 

The national team started the preparations towards season 2017 this week/weekend at "Olympiatoppen" at Sognsvann in Oslo. We talked about expectations, training camps, selections and goals and much more. Everyone also had an individual talk with the national trainer. Since there is new structure of the national team this year, and Birgitte Husebye starts up as trainer for the women, it was exciting and motivating to get to know her better.  Beside all the meetings, we also trained some nice orienteering trainings at Sognsvann and Linderudkollen, as well as some strength and alternative training at "Olympiatoppen". 

 

 

Today I could, together with Sabine Hauswirth and Sarina Jenzer, win my first swiss championship gold medal! The swiss national season was today ended with the national championships in team orienteering. In this competition form one team consists of three runners and the goal is to get one SI-card as fast as possible through the course. This year the competition was organized as a masstart which made it all even more hectic than usual. We managed the stress well, kept calm and we sticked to the plan about doing it simple. In the end we could win the competition with 4 minutes down to the next team, and we all won our first swiss championships gold medals!