Wintertime madness

I don’t like being late so I expect everything and everyone around me to be on time. Something/someone is very late by now according to picture below. It was taken few days ago before I went to my morning run. Looks nice indeed, but not funny anymore!
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A little bit of history- Spain camp deserves overall rating of being good. I did about same amount of training as last year, but those were of higher quality this time. There were few drawbacks in shape of slight flue and motivation loss, but that’s how it goes – life would be terribly boring without those J Nevertheless it was great time I spend in Barbate and it would be stupid to argue about weather which wasn’t as perfect as expected
However I learnt two important training related things about myself:
- 3 weeks on training camp is ENOUGH! Move to another place or go home!
- spring feeling is very important to get ready for orienteering season. Can’t really get that in Spain (nor here either, yet!)
It was quite a shock for me to return home after training for almost 40 days in Spain. Good planning saved me from even bigger surprises since we spent few days in Serbia on the way back enjoying little snow, spring feeling and Belgrade open races. Surprisingly I was able to run well and even won both forest races (long and middle). Can’t say same about WRE sprint race where I finished 6th – even I was fast enough (which doesn’t happen too often in sprint races) I did one huge mistake starting to navigate to wrong control! Maybe I should give some attention to my sprint orienteering skills (or lack of those) before hitting NORT!?

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I was also tricked into believing that snow would be gone one weekend after our arrival in Riga, so I entered myself for first WRE race in Latvia „Kurzemes pavasaris”. How naive I was! Terrain was full of snow and I had rough time out there. I took 3rd spot 1’03” down to Timo Sild and 45” to Dmitriy Tsvetkov. I did almost clear run…..clear for summer conditions and according to runnabilty on map, but lost a lot of time by choosing to run on fields and open areas which were slow and tough in most of cases. Next day’s long distance was even more of a struggle for me since I didn’t finish that one. Snow conditions were even worse and I was out of the game after 2/3 of the race being barely able to WALK back to competition center. Dmitriy did right choice by not starting at all J Anyway I was happy to see my national team mates completing this race and catch very needed competition feeling again.

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For now I am focusing on Latvian XC champs on next weekend which will serve as a border between training and training/competition blocks. I am aiming for same result as last year (25’48” on 8km), but it might be impossible cause loop is still full of snow and it doesn’t seem to melt fast enough.
I will leave to Sweden around 24th and my main tasks will include visiting Kalvis, taking part in Silva League, training for Tiomila, Tio itself and finally going to Finland for first WOC camp….if that white stuff recedes at last!?

See you somewhere! Maybe!