WOC 2007 training-camp in Ukraine 25th – 30th October
WOC 2007, Ukraine Next years World Orienteering Championship will be held in Kiev in Ukraine. Tomorrow morning I am going to Kiev for a training-camp with the Norwegian team. We are staying there until next Monday. It will be interesting to find out what we can expect in WOC next August. The terrains for middle and relay are said to be flat and very fast, while sprint and long are more hilly.

Selcted runners for the training-camp
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Posted on 24 Oct 2006 by Øystein
Tough finish at Blodslitet
Map from Blodslitet, loop 1 Blodslitet Saturday I ran the traditional long-distance race Blodslitet in Fredrikstad. It was as usual a high class event, and the start-field was really good this year. The 25 km long course had common start, and the winner Emil Wingsted used 2.33.

In the beginning it was 3 forked loops of 4 km each. I ran as planed with good control, but could maybe have been more offensive in some parts. Out on the 13 km long last common loop I was 2.40 behind of a group of 8 runners lead by Anders Nordberg. On the longer leg to the 1st control I caught up Audun Weltzien, Jonn Are Myhren and some other runner who had gone out a little minute before me. To the 5th control we did a mistake on the beginning of the leg, and was caught up by a group led by Tomas Dlabaja.

We were now more than 10 runners together. On the following shorter legs I started to be more tired, and came in the last part of the group. I saw only the runners in front of me, and when we came to the drinking-point on the long leg to the 9th control it had became a split in the group and I couldn’t see where the lead had ran. At the last part of the course I had contact with some Swiss runners and Andreas Johansson, but the speed wasn’t good enough. I finished as 14th runner, 7 min behind Emil, and 3 - 4 min behind the best of the runners I had been together with. Results
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Posted on 24 Oct 2006 by Øystein
Blodslitet in Fredrikstad 21st October
Blodslitet Saturday I am running my last competition in Norway this season, the traditional long-distance race Blodslitet in Fredrikstad. The race has common-start with 3 shorter forked loops in the beginning, and a long unforked loop at the end. The course for men-elite is 25 km, with 2.40 as expected winning-time. The start-field is very strong, with many really good international runners, so it will be a hard fight for the top-positions. Last year I was 2nd, less than one minute behind Emil Lauri, and at Saturday I hope to be able to fight for the top-position again. You can follow the race live at the organizers web-site.
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Posted on 20 Oct 2006 by Øystein
"No thanks" to the Norwegian Elite-group
Yesterday I wrote my first article in Norwegian at this web-page for more than one year, where I described my reasons for not being a part of the Norwegian Orienteering-federations Elite-group next season.

I had planed to make an English summary of it, but Michael Eglinski has already done that at his blog, so I just make a link directly to what he has wrote: "No thanks" to the Norwegian elite group

The Norwegian Orienteering-federations training-groups 2007
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Posted on 20 Oct 2006 by Øystein
Takket nei til NOFs Elite-gruppe for 2007
Meg fra innløpet fra VM-sprinten i Århus Etter samtale med landslagstrener Jarle Ausland bestemte jeg meg i går for at jeg ikke lenger ønsker å være på Elite-gruppa til NOF. Men det betyr langt i fra at jeg trapper ned satsingen min, snarere tvert i mot. Jeg ønsker å stå utenfor E-gruppa slik at jeg har frihet til å kunne trene slik jeg mener er best for å nå mine mål.

Det er to hovedgrunner til at jeg ikke ønsker å være på E-gruppa neste sesong. Den viktigste er at Ausland har lagt opp til et meget omfattende samlingsopplegg for E-gruppa, der det er obligatorisk for løperene å være med alt, og med svært liten grad av individuell tilpassing. Det andre er at løperene forplikter seg til at Ausland skal følge de tett opp og ha hovedansvar, med begrenset mulighet for bruk av personlig trener.

En 10-dagers samling på barmark med E-gruppa hver måned gjennom vinteren gir svært begrensede muligheter for induviduell tilpassing. Skulle jeg i tillegg være med på Wing sine samlinger ville jeg vært på samling hver helg hele vinteren, og vært utslitt av all reisingen før sesongen starter. Løperene i klubben er de du trener sammen med til daglig, og jeg føler det også er naturlig å reise på samling med Wing og ikke bare med landslaget i løpet av vinteren. Det er både positivt for miljøet i egen klubb og meg som løper.

Jeg ønsker å ha frihet til trene slik jeg mener er best for meg, og tror ikke jeg ville fått et ideelt opplegg ved å følge E-gruppas plan. Den viktigste treningen er den jeg gjør hjemme, og nå får jeg ro til å være i Trondheim og trene sammen med Wing, på ski og sammen med friidrettløpere store deler av vinteren. Jeg kan dra på de samlinger jeg ønsker, til de stedene jeg ønsker, og sammen med løperene jeg tror vil bidra til gjøre meg bedre. Jeg kan også bruke de rådgiverne jeg tror vil bidra til å heve meg ytterligere.

Men det betyr ikke at jeg står helt utenfor landslaget, da jeg kommer til å være på A-gruppa den kommende sesongen. A-gruppa har også et omfattende samlings-opplegg, og den eneste forskjellen er at A-gruppa ikke har en 10 dagers samling i Frankrike i slutten av januar. På A-gruppa har jeg mindre forpliktelser, og kan i støre grad være med på det jeg selv ønsker. Når sesongen drar i gang etter påske har alle løpere, både i og utenfor landslag, like muligheter til å kvalifisere seg til internasjonale representasjonsoppgaver. Det er derfor med en viss lettelse og stor motivasjon jeg nå ser frem til å ta fatt på treningen mot neste sesong.

Landslagsgruppene i orientering for 2007
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Posted on 19 Oct 2006 by Øystein
Maps from the World Cup Final in France
Map from cancelled WC Middle Map from new WC Middle I have now scanned all my maps from the World Cup Final in France, included the maps from both the cancelled and the new Middle Distance Final. At the cancelled race I was stopped at the third last control.

Orienteering-maps from competitions autumn 2006
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Posted on 17 Oct 2006 by Øystein
Pictures from the Banquet at the WC in France
 Norwegian runners waiting for the price-giving ceremony Disco Norwegian boys at price-giving for the relay Now I have added pictures from the Banquet to the gallery from the World Cup Final in France. It’s now more than 300 pictures in total.

Pictures from WC in France
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Posted on 14 Oct 2006 by Øystein
Tough stair-race in Posthusløpet
Me at the top of Postgirobygget after the race Yesterday I ran Posthusløpet in Oslo. It is a stair-race from the 1st to the 27th floor in Oslo’s highest office-building; Postgirobygget. The race went fine, but I was very tired at the end. I was fastest at the time 2.20, and beat the old record to Øystein Sylta with 18 seconds. Sylta is one of Norway’s best runners, but he didn’t have any maximum performance when he sat the record last year. I have never run a stair-race before, but think I divided my energy quite good.

Web-TV from the race, aftenposten.no
Kvaal Østerbø til topps i trappeløp, OPN
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Posted on 12 Oct 2006 by Øystein
Pictures from the World Cup Final in France
The Norwegian Team Holger Hott Johansen at last control at the sprint Marianne Andersen won the Middle-distance 249 pictures from all the events at the World Cup Final in France are now at web, and only the banquet is left.

Pictures from WC in France
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Posted on 07 Oct 2006 by Øystein
Relay ended the World Cup Final in France
Map from WC Relay Carl Waaler Kaas Finland won today’s Relay at the World Cup Final in France clear in front of Switzerland and Sweden. The Norwegian teams came at 4th and 5th place, after too many minutes’ mistakes for all runners, except Stig Alvestad who did a good first-leg for the 2nd team. In the women’s class Finland won double, and Norway came at 5th place.
Results and splits
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Posted on 07 Oct 2006 by Øystein

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