Finland, Norway and soon Hungary

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After visiting my family for the month of May I traveled back to Europe for the summer race season. I would be running for my club Fossum IF at Jukola, a few days later racing at the Norsk O Festivalen: Norway’s largest weekend of orienteering races, and then head to Hungary to compete at the Junior World Championships (JWOC).

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2018 Season Opener

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The Portugal O Meeting became my season opener because of its fast and open terrain, making it the perfect preparation for this year’s Junior Worlds in Hungary. Thus, I came into these races with a high level of intensity, hoping to simulate as much of a JWOC situation as possible.

Preparation started about a week before with some map reading while running intervals on the treadmill. Here Marius (my training partner from Norway) and I took alternating controls and explained how we would navigate to the control after a short glances at the map.

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Getting back into it and the Finnish Trials

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Parking before the Grano Games (Finnish Trials)

After arriving in Helsinki I stayed at one of the American Junior’s homes: Anton, who has and will be helping me with planning out what to do in Finland. The next morning I headed out to a friends apartment in Tampere to start getting used to the JWOC terrain.

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