The last week I have been in Puglia in the south of Italy. The first weekend there were three events, which in overall counts as Mediterranean Open Championship
. I did quite well on the races and was 3rd overall, behind the French stars Thirerry Gueorgiou and Froncois Gonon.
The last days have been spent on training, and we have been running on several interesting maps with both detailed counters and flat areas during the MOC Camp. I will thank the Italian National Team that let us participate in their mass-start training on Sunday and gave us maps to a compass-training we had today. On the page with maps from trainings 2008
you can see maps from most of the trainings I have had the last week.
This part of Italy has a lot of old towns that are great for sprint orienteering, and tomorrow and on Saturday the stay in Italy will be ended with two sprint races in Trani and Castel del Monte.
During the 11 day long stay in Italy I have been running 9 trainings in forest (including the races), will be running on 9 sprint-maps, and have 2 sessions on roller-skies. I brought with me the roller-skies because of the pain I have felt behind my left knee when running since I was in Portugal one month ago. I am still feeling a bit stiff around the knee when I am running, but the foot has been better since I came here even if I have been running two times almost every day and things now look great for the coming orienteering season:-)