In an effort to keep this post short enough to read, we will just skim over the Swiss Orienteering Week and the World Orienteering Championships, but if you want to see more from those few weeks, you can check out photos on Sam's Facebook Page and visit the US Team Blog, which has some posts from our racing in France.
|Fireworks over the lake in Laax|
In Switzerland, we were staying in the town of Laax, and we were lucky enough to be around during the Swiss National day on August 1st, when we got to see some fantastic fireworks in the center of this town. It was very exciting standing there watching, though some of that excitement came because a few of the unofficial fireworks that got set off came whizzing back into the crowd and exploded with a boom just over our heads!
All of the days of competition in Switzerland were held high up on the slopes of the surrounding mountains, which meant that we had some epic views.
|So beautiful, and the mountains are nice too (Photo by Boris Granovskiy)|
For the races, I (Ross) was quite satisfied with my qualifier races, even though I did not qualify for any of the finals. Sam had a less than stellar long distance qualifier, but qualified easily for the final in the Sprint. This meant that she got to race two intense short courses in one day, and by the end of the day she was feeling quite tired. Still, good enough for 38th position, not the result she was looking for but very respectable.
|She doesn't look so tired to me (Photo by Dave Yee)|
|Looking good for the spectators on the way to the last loop (photo by Eddie Bergeron)|
|IKEA beds are handy places for a quick snooze|
|The smell of sauteing mushrooms makes any kitchen that much cozier|
On Tuesday, we attended our first club training with OK Linné, which was a great time to meet about 35 members in the club, and also a great time to meet one of the nearby forests. I got thoroughly and happily lost a few times and it wasn't til the very end of the session that I felt like I was in control of the navigation and running.
We followed up the training with a dinner at the clubhouse, with soup and a discussion about the upcoming Swedish Championship races. The presenter had a powerpoint presentation which highlighted the things we should expect from the many races that make up the championship series. If Sam and I get registered in time, we will get to race in these competitions too, against the best in the country.