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Closing the books of the season 2016

The year is soon about to end and it’s time to look back summarize the season. The off season started already three weeks ago after an unforgettable weekend at the World Cup Final in Aarau (SUI). I had never ever thought that I could manage to end my season with three World Cup victories and threaten Tove Alexandersson for the overall victory of the World Cup until the end. The final second place was a great achievement of an amazing year!

 

Facts: 

334 days of training

620 trinings done

4250 running kilometer

about 30'000 kilometers in the air 

2 pairs of Orienteering shoes

2 broken compasses

1 pair of Salomon S-Lab Sense have made their work

1 pair of Trimtex tights did their work until a black berry training in the estonian forest


Swiss Champs: 6-1-1

World Cup: 24-1-1-3-2-4-1-1

Overall World Cup: 2

Sprint Relay World Cup: 1-3-2-1 

Over World Cup Sprint Relay: 1

EOC: 1-2-3-4

WOC: 2-2-4-4

 

I am thankful to count on many professional people around me through the whole season. Thanks to my Chiropractor Martin Kumm, who helped me to come back to normal training after my injury in 2015.  For 14 month Thomas Hürzeler is now my physical coach who plans my training and tells me exactly how hard I should go or if it’s time for a break, like now my off season break with only little training. Thanks for your help through the whole year! You brought me back to the top! Thanks also to Vroni, Pädi and Francois for your great work in all camps, competitions and on home ground. You build the professional surroundings we need!

 

Nerveless I also want to thank my former work the Vitalis Center. After four years working part time as a physical therapist, I made my decision to leave Birsfelden as my working place and to start a new chapter in Bern. Your support has been amazing and I am thankful for everything you have done for me!

 

Of course, there are many others who made my year that successful! GMOK, my club in Göteborg who made it possible to stay and train with the club for 8 month. My whole family, who always believes in me.

But there is one person who I could not thank enough! On the 5th of November Gabriel and I started a new chapter of our lives – we got married! As I am writing this article we are on our honeymoon in Morocco and we enjoy the beautiful landscape, friendly people and good food! I am still having many flashbacks to our beautiful wedding and I am thankful for this amazing wedding with all our friends!

 

We are looking forward to a lot of new adventures as man and woman!

 

It’s also time to plan my next season and set new goals. On the top of the list are certainly the Orienteering World Champs in Estonia at the end June, beginning of July. I’m looking forward to the start of the winter training.

 

Now I will head to the Souk of Essouira for one of these nice fruit juices they sell… J See you soon in 2017! 


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The great silver week

 Some really exciting weeks have passed! WOC was just amazing and I am now back in Switzerland after some turbulent days moving house and driving back home by car!

WOC

 

The World Orienteering Championchips in Strömstad were indeed very good ones for me. Even though many may not believe me, since I didn’t win that Gold or since I couldn’t win that forest medal…. But I am indeed very happy to look back to the championships where I was able to fight for medals in all races! I went to Strömstad for winning one medal and came back with two silver. I had four starts and got the results 2-2-4-4 which in my eyes is rather good. And if I add my EOC results it looks even more fun: 1-2-2-2-3-4-4-4  :)

Sprint

I was looking forward to that race a lot but was a bit unsure about my physical shape after my fall and some illness one-week before. As always I was pushing quite fast already in the Sprint Qualification, since I need that kind of confirmation for the final. Maybe I was pushing a bit too much, but I knew that I have everything for fighting among the best in the afternoon.

I was very well prepared for the final. There was no surprise and I felt very familiar running in Strömstad (even though I’ve just been there for two hours the day before). I started fast and was only 5 seconds behind the fastest at the arena passage. Unfortunately, I got a bit too tired on the long uphill route and I made two stupid and decisive decisions. I lost to many seconds there and together with my tired legs it was too much to match the superior winner Maja Alm. To run in to the finish as second was almost like winning for me! I was very happy and so grateful to be back on the WOC podium.

 

Sprint Relay

Like always the day started with a team jog in the early morning. I felt tired but very sure and clear about my task of the last leg on the Sprint Relay. But I was also very conscious about the path I’ve taken to get there mentally. I have worked a lot since WOC 2015 to become self-confident again and to feel ready on the day of the race. Last but not least the team of Rahel Friederich, Florian Howald and Martin Hubmann gave me the trust which, alongside with the talks with  Andrea Binggeli and Vroni König-Salmi helped me a lot to improve.

The race itself was very stable. Rahel, Florian and Martin gave me a good position going out as third. I was ready to hunt Sweden and Denmark who were about 20 seconds ahead. I started fast and after a good long leg to the first control I had almost contact with Sweden and was just 8 seconds behind Denmark. I was fighting hard to keep the second place and to close the gap to Maja Alm. After a smaller mistake just after the arena passage the gap had grown to much and I had not enough speed in my legs. Running into silver place felt great though and we as a team were very happy to win that medal!

For those who are wondering why I was not celebrating the medal already on the run in…. I missed my teammates who really wanted to cheer all the way in. I wonder if they had something else to do out there around the amazing crowd! :)

 

Long

It was for THAT race I moved to Sweden fo on a dark and cold day back in January this year. I have improved a lot since then and I have worked on my self-confidence in the Swedish terrain. But when I was warming up I felt slow and unmotivated – witch is always a sign for nervousness. I tried to accept it and as soon as I got the map I had my focus back on the upcoming long leg to the second control. I am proud how I took on this challenging leg. But while running 25 minutes (my longest leg ever !!) I was unsure and disappointed that I didn’t dare to take the road. But I did just loose one minute and managed to do a good leg. But as there were only 2 minutes’ start intervals Natalia Gemperle caught me after a bigger mistake to the third control. From there we were running almost the whole race together. It was a good performance from my side. I am proud about running for a medal the whole race and I am sure that it was almost a better performance than two years ago where I’ve won bronze.

Still I hope that the 3-minutes start intervals are going to be used for the upcoming WOC long distances or that forking’s are used to split groups more!

 

Relay

After the long I got very very tired not just physically, but also mentally. I got a bruised left leg at the long distance and was thankful to get such great treatment of our medical staff the rest day between the two races.

Julia Gross ran a great race and changed over to Sabine Hauswirth in the lead.  Sabine did some smaller mistake and was running alone the whole race. Until the finish she lost about 2.30 minutes on the leaders and sent me out in 5th position. My strategy to risk it all for a medal did not work out. I missed the second control a lot by doing a parallel mistake after which I did a clean and fast race. With the second best time of my leg I managed to run into the finish in fourth place.

It was not what we had hoped for. We got 5th last year at WOC, 4th at EOC and now also 4th at WOC 2016. We all know, that we can do better. And already some minutes after the finish our coach Vroni and I started to talk what we have to continue working on for the next years to finally take a medal again in relay.

 

After a great party in Strömstad I headed back «home» to Gothenburg to pack all my belongings. After a really nice medal party together with Lina Strand and our club Göteborg Majorna OK we started our journey back home to Switzerland.

 

Now I am already back for one week and we are soon set up and moved back. The time in Gothenburg has been amazing! I am thankful I have such a great club who helped me to realize my dream to move to Sweden. Once back home my hometown Zimmerwald organized a beautiful reception where I got that change to meet many friends and fans again! 


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Four days to go! - WOC is about to start

Whilst many of you probably are following the Olympic Games in Rio, my main focus is on the start of the World Orienteering Championships (WOC) on Saturday.

 

The time has passed so quickly and WOC is finally about to start. Since my last post a lot has happened. On one hand I completed numerous very good and fast trainings in WOC relevant terrain but on the other hand I also had some health issues and injures. None the less all roads lead to Rome and I am ready and happy to have gone my own path to my main goal in 2016.

 

Tomorrow the Swiss team is arriving in Gothenburg and we will all head up together to Strömstad for the final preparations. I am happy WOC is about to begin and I am already getting nervous from time to time. First up is the Sprint with Qualification in the morning and the Final in the afternoon. 

For those who want to follow WOC from home can watch it on SVT (swedish tv) or visit the official WOC’s homepage.

 

Now I’m off to pack my bag. :) Cross your fingers for me! 

 

 


Sprint Sprint Quali & Final

Strömstad

 

 

Sat 20 Aug

Quali  09.01 - 10.00 

Final 15.41 - 16.45

 

 

Sprint Relay

Strömstad

(Rahel Friederich, Judith Wyder, Martin Hubmann and Florian Howald)

Sun 21 Aug

16.50 – 18.00

 

 

Long

Strömstad East

Thu 25 Aug

12.00 - 16.00 

 

 

Relay

Strömstad East

(selection still pending) 

Sat 27 Au

16.00 - 18.00

 

 



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