So Much O-Ringen – Oh So Much

It has been a busy few days – from trying out a new orienteering discipline, to watching elite runners, to catching up on laundry, to racing two more days!  We just completed Day 4 of our 5 Day competition and the courses have been a challenge, just what we need 🙂

Here are a few photos from the last few days…

Here is Abra trying out Precision-O (Trail-O).  If you look closely you can see 3 control bags in the forest.  The challenge is to select the correct bag according the map you have based on the control description and the detail of the map.  This is not an easy task and it may have hurt our brains a little, especially for being a rest day.  I had to take a nap when we got back to our apartment!  This discipline is really good training for fine tuning your skills.

After my nap, it was time to go catch a few minutes of the Elite Urban Sprint that was held in the city center of Arvika.  Once again, crowds of spectators making it a fun scene to be a part of.

Packing in as much as we can do on a rest day… it was now time to leave the Sprint race and ride out to meet our new MTBO friends from Lunds OK (Lund’s Orienteering Club) to have dinner.  We even got to orienteer to their house!  Had a great meal on the deck and then watched the first half of the Swedish Women’s National Soccer Team play against Italy.  Sadly they lost but still advanced thanks to Germany winning!  We left their house at 10:15pm so we wouldn’t get caught in the dark… that is so strange to say…

And now back to racing!!!  It was a Sprint distance on Wednesday – super challenging and sadly I missed control #11 so I was disqualified.  Take a look at this map and maybe you will understand why I missed a control.

Here is a picture of Abra punching in at the last “Go” control.

And a young MTBO athlete, Embla, from Sweden.  Her mom painted her nails for O-Ringen week!

Back to the apartment and time to figure out how to use the laundry.  We had to use the Googles to translate some of the settings. No lycra melted and things smell clean – WIN!!!

Day 4 – Another Middle Distance race.  It was back at the same area as the Sprint and the same crazy web of trails.  Can’t say either one of us had stellar races but that’s orienteering, it’s mental.  You have to learn from your mistakes and move on.  Here is the map, it’s 2 sides.

And I’ll leave this post with one last picture.  A Swedish Police Dog 🙂


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