The Ski-orienteering World Championship
, which is held in Japan this week, started with Sprint yesterday. I was not competing in the Sprint because of fever, but today I was better, and came 11th in the Long Distance.
The last preparations for the Championship have gone fine, but after the Model Event on Tuesday I felt tired and wanted to sleep. I rested a short while before I went to the Opening Ceremony and then dinner. I was still feeling tired, and when I took my temperature it was 38,5. I stayed in bed the rest of the day, but around midnight the temperature had raised to 39. I am not sure why I got fever, because I was not really bad in my stomach and was not thriving up.
The next morning I had still a bit higher temperature (37,5) than normal (37), and I understood that it would not be any smart to start in the Sprint. I stayed at the hotel the whole day and tried to rest as much as possible. During the day I felt better, and when I wake up today my temperature was normal again. I was quite unsure on how my body would react on a hard Long distance, but I thought I should give it a try and at least start the race.
The format for the Long distance was a Mass start with 3 forked loops. The course was hard physical (steep uphill’s), challenging ski-technical (steep downhill’s) and had both difficult route choices and areas with a lot of scooter tracks. My race started well, and I was able to stay in contact with the leaders in the beginning. After the forking had spited up the field I was quite alone on the second loop, and probably not able to keep the speed high enough.
On the last loop I was caught up by Erik Rost, who was stronger than me in the uphills. At the third last control I meet my team mate Lars Moholdt, who had been in front of me but taken a bad route choice. He finished as best Norwegian on 10th place, while I was 11th. After my circumstances my performance was positive, and I am now looking forward to a rest day before Saturday’s Middle distance. Andrey Lamov won the race, as he also did on yesterdays Sprint. Results
I have now updated my web-gallery
with more pictures, mainly from the Long distance. We will not get the competition maps before after Sundays Relay, but this old map
covers most of today’s competition area. The maps from the two Model Events I have taken picture of give also an impression about how the terrain looks like.