My plan was to use the last summer weeks for lots of training. Instead, I caught a cold, followed by a mid-ear inflammation resulting in the longest sickness period in my life. Just in time for the national long distance championship it felt okay again. However, my technique was not the best and I became 5th – not great but an okay result if you consider the weeks before. The day after we were going on training camp to Slovenia and I had to pay a high prize for the first competition weekend after being sick. I was totally empty and had to skip some sessions. During the whole week I couldn’t recover. Back home I got sick again.
After that my shape was building up really fast and I had my first victory in an Austria cup event this year. A very steep middle distance (5 km, 370 m climb, 500 m downhill) at nordic skiing Alpen Arena in Villach. Next day our team (OLC Wienerwald) was second best club team at the first Austrian sprint relay. We have a strong team and I’m sure we will fight for the medals next year at the first championship event!
One week later it was time for a smaller competition in Wienerwald terrain, the long distance championship for Vienna and I won it for the 6th time in front of some other national team members.
Next up is Race the Castles – urban orienteering in Edinburgh and Stirling with a big number of world-class elite athletes. Check out the website if you are interested to participate, it’s easy to get a flight to Edinburgh. Today is the last entry deadline!