Friday, April 26, 2013

NC Sprint in Askim

The first race in the Norwegian Cup was arranged tonight as a Sprint in Askim in Østfold. I did a good performance, and was able to win in front of Eskil Kinneberg and Ulf Forseth Indgaard. Mari Fasting won the women's class.
Results, splits and GPS tracking

Løper for VM-medalje til sommeren,
Østerbø åpnet O-sesongen best,

Sunday, April 21, 2013

SM Sprint in Göteborg

This weekend I have competed in the Swedish Sprint Champs held from the Chalmers University in Göteborg. Both days we got nice courses with interesting route choices and shorter legs in more detailed areas.

In Saturdays Qualification I did a stable performance, but lost a few seconds some places. I was 3rd in my heat, 2 sec behind Ralph Street and 1 sec behind Anders Holmberg, and qualified easily for Sundays final. It was cool that as many as 12 runners from my club IFK Lidingö qualified for the A-finals. Pictures from the Qual.

In todays Final I was quite satisfied with my performance when I finished, and was in the beginning a bit disappointed I did not got a better position then a 6th place, 28 seconds behind the winner Gustav Bergman. But when I looked at the splits and GPS tracking I realized I lost 10 seconds on my route choices to both the 4th and 10th control, and it was a strong start field, so I think this was a good start of my spring season in Scandinavia. Pictures from the Final.

Solide sprintløp av Østerbø og Bråten,

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Easter on Røros and a good training period

The whole Easter week I spent on my family’s cottage close to Røros, and it was actually the first Easter sine I became a junior runner I have not been doing any kind of orienteering. I was really lucky with my decision, because the weather was great and the skiing conditions perfect almost all the time. Most days I did 3 – 4 hours of cross country skiing, and some days also a shorter run in the evening. One day I was also doing alpine skiing in Tänndalen.

My training has continue gone well the last month, and in one way I think it has been good for me that several competitions in Sweden has been cancelled because of snow, because that has made it easier for me to still having focus on making good trainings.

Last weekend I was competition director for a Middle distance arranged on Lidingö, and I was working quite much most days. When we planed the race we expected 500 - 1000 runners, but it ended up being more then 1500 entered, since several other races in the Stockholm area was cancelled. With good help from all the experienced people in IFK Lidingö SOK everything went smooth, and I hope the runners were happy to be able to run a race in almost snow free terrain on Lidingö.

This weekend I will run my first competition since MOC in Italy one month ago. The Swedish Champs in sprint are held from Chalmers University in Gothenburg, with Qual tonight and Final tomorrow. I have been 4th the two previous years and hope to perform well also this year, even is I have been training much the last period.