Silje Ekroll Jahren

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This weekend the season kick-started with EOC selection races at Kråkerøy (Saturday and Sunday), and at Akershus festning (Tuesday). The forest races were moved to Kråkerøy due to snow. I did two stable technical performances in the forest, but both days I struggled in the last part of the races especially on the long distance. I got selected for the middle distance, and as reserve for the long distance after one 5th and one 4th place in middle and long, respectively. In the sprint in Oslo Tuesday I ran technically well with only one bad routechoice (lost 10s) and some minor hesitations out of some controls, and got the good 3rd place. I was therefore also selected for the sprint, and I am happy to be selected in both a forest distance and a sprint distance at EOC.

 

It has been a while since my last update, so here is a summary of my winter training so fare. November and December went well, and I could follow my training plan more or less as wanted. However, January followed with 2 weeks of sickness (cold), before I underwent a planned surgery of my nose sinuses (due to years of inflamations (sinusitis) and never ending colds) the 15th of January. The surgery went well, and I could start my training slowly after 1 week, and minus some days of sickness in the beginning of Februayr, my training is now going well. 10th to 17th of February I went to Ticino (Italian speaking part of Switzerland) to train for the European Championships in this area in May 2018, and I got a very nice week of orienteering in the steep slopes. 

 

Today the National Team for 2018 was published, and I am not part of it. The norwegian federation has changed the team structure, again, and this time they have chosen to focus on a small elite group (top 10 at WOC 2017) and a bigger group of young athletes (24 years or younger). Therefore, I (and serveral other athletes) have not gotten a spot in the team. 

 

 

 

This weekend the World Cup Final was held in Grindelwald in Switzerland. In beautiful, but steep mountain terrain we ran a long distance on Friday. I had a good start even though I was a little slow, and was in the fight for top 10 the first half of the course. But made a bad routechoice as well as searching two controls a little, which put me down in 21st position in the end. In the middle distance Saturday, again in a beautiful mountain forest, I did an other stable technical performance, but lacked the speed for a top position, and ended as 27th. With these two last world cup races, I ended as 25th in the World Cup Total. The weekend was rounded off with a sprint relay which counted in the Relay World Cup. I ran the 4th leg for team Norway 3 in team with Ingjerd Myhre, Håkon Jarvis Westergård and Thomas Natvig Årstad. I was sent out as 7th team, and did a good leg and ran us up to 4th position. Very good performances from all the three norwegian teams with the end positions 2nd, 4th and 7th, and we could end the Relay World Cup on the podium as 3rd nation. 

The selection for the WCup final in Grindelwald in Switzerland has been made, and I have been selected. The compititions will all be held in and around Grindelwald in the swiss alps. Friday 29th of September there will be a long distance, Saturday 30th of September a middle distance, and Sunday 1st of October the international season will be ended with a sprint relay. The selection for the 2nd and 3rd team in this relay has not yet been selected, and will be done after the long and middle distance.