Closing down 2016

There was not much time to recharge after WOC in Strömstad, and I came in to the autumn season with a bad shape (but luckily not as bad as during WOC). Swedish Long Champs in September was a disaster, and I didn’t have neither the phyical shape nor the spirit to get a good result (DNF for the 3rd year in a row! Time to do something different until next year). However, I was really looking forward to the relay and I tried to do everything I could to find some energy for that competition weekend. Apparently it worked, because I found myself in 2nd place in the middle distance, and really pumped for the relay the next day. Kalle and Ruslan ran really well, and I got the opportunity to run out in the very first group for the first time ever at the Swedish Championship Relay. It was a tough battle with Johan Runesson in GMOK for the gold, but despite not feeling great physically I managed to cross the finish line first and bring home the gold medal to OK Ravinen for the first time since 1980! What a feeling to meet Kalle and Ruslan at the finish line, definitly my highlight of the year!

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My body started to feel better and better as the weeks went on, but in the middle of a national team training camp I got acute pain in one of the tarsometatarsal joints in my left foot, and couldn’t run, or even walk on it. After some panic filled days with X-rays and medical examinations, we concluded that nothing was broken (I feared a stress fracture), and I slowly started running again, only to feel similar pain in my right foot. I struggled with pain coming and going through 25manna, the World Cup Final and Smålandskavlen (which affected my performances quite much), but it has become a lot better now in November.

The World Cup Final in Aarau, Switzerland, was the biggest thing after the Swedish Champs this autumn, but I traveled there not really looking forward to competing. The intense year was definitly taking its toll, and with pain in my feet I wasn’t really ready for the challenges. A bad long distance performance (with a decent first half and a disatrous second half), and an OK sprint performance meant I could finish 4th in the overall World Cup, wich is good, but I am definitly a little bit disappointed on missing out on the medals.

At November 1st I closed down my 2016 training year, and my focus right now is on continuing to develop as an orienteer and a runner to be able to reach new hights in 2017!

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