Five month later I have already done my first competitions and I am in the middle of the preparations for the season 2017. It has been quiet for a long time since my last update. That does not mean I don’t have any highlights to talk about. And additionally there are many great training and competition hours in the books.
There are certainly a few sporty highlights to talk about. But first, I would love to start with some real highlights!
Number One: As you all know, I got married to Gabriel, my big love! We celebrated the most beautiful day in my life at the beginning of November followed by a wonderful holiday in Morocco!
In terms of work, after the full professional year last year where I stayed in Sweden, I took up work again as Physical therapist. Through this work I can stay up-to-date in my second work life and get a bit away of only sleep, train, eat, repeat which a professional athlete has. I work 40% and my employer Applied Health Care in Berne is very flexible, when it comes to training camps and competitions!
So back to sport:
December: was the restart after a long period of training without any plan and holidays. The highlight must have been the weekend in Tenero (Ticino) with some great running hours up to Mt. Sasseriente and some sessions on the indoor bike at CST Tenero. Even though the restart was wonderful, I struggled a bit with foot problems and lack of motivation in the beginning.
January: After spending many hours on the cross-country skis over new year I was happy to travel to Arosa and run the Swiss Snow Run there. It was just such a great and wonderful weekend which brought me back my motivation!
The Berner Cross later in January was a very good running test and I got a great feedback there as well.
The month ended again in Tenero. Together with the Swiss Orienteering Team we kicked off the training year with a weekend full of relevant sessions for the EOC 2018 (European Orienteering Championships) on our homeground in the Italian part of Switzerland.
February: Finally, the first training camp with the team was about to start. After another great Cross Country Running competition in Lucerne, I was looking forward to travel to the warmer parts of Europe and train in Alicante (Spain).
Once there, I had an amazing training week! I could train many hours and ran good technical trainings as well! It boosted my motivation a lot and I was keen to come back to Switzerland again and continuing the good work.
Unfortunately, I got sick and had the flu for more than one week. Instead of training hours I counted teas and sleeping hours.
March: So it was a bad start of the “testing month” … After skipping the Cross Country Running Swiss Champs, which were a spring goal for me, I started to feel better again and could finally head out for some easy trainings again. The first test was the yearly treadmill test at Kerenzerberg. I was happy to do good results even though I didn’t feel healthy by then. The Swiss night Champs were therefor a bit early and I was nervous about how I would be feeling. Luckily, I was feeling great and managed to do a really good technical work throughout the whole race. I am so proud and happy to finally do a great night orienteering race and win the gold medal! I have never won a Swiss Champ medal at night before! J
So what’s next? In the beginning of April, we will start into the season with running the first test races in Switzerland for the World Cup in Finland in May. These competitions are going to be a great first test before heading to Estonia for the last intense and long camp before WOC in about 90 days. In May we will already have the next selection races in Estonia followed by the first World Cup Round in Finland.
And there is one big event you can even run together with me! Come and join me at the Wings For Life World Run in Olten or anywhere else in the world at the same time! Let us run for those who can’t! I not only like the purpose of the race, but also the race format! You just run as long and as fast as you can until you get passed by the Catcher Car! More Info: http://www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com
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!
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
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!
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!
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 :)
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.
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! :)
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!
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!