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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!


Today the National Team Selection for 2017 was presented. The National Team has been reorganized compared to last season, and instead of having one elite team they have now decided to have a women and a mens team. I have been selected for the womens team which will be trained/coached by Birgitte Husebye. Last season we were only very few women in the training camps, and I am looking forward to be part of a bigger team this year. The first meeting with the new team will be 11th-16th of November.