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Friday, June 30, 2017

Aus JWOC Blog #2

As promised, the much awaited first installation of the 2017 quote list:

Zoe: “Beans are so underrated”
Asha: “I feel like such a domestic goddess now we have a dishwasher”
Jo: “No cookies, no deal.”
Sim: “I’m in a Trivia mood”

Over the last few days, our little JWOC family (proudly referred to as the Brady Bunch due to the balanced gender ratios) have faced the dangers of Finnish bus drivers, unintentional invasion of a military base, and marshes that are on the tops of hills, all in the name of quality training. We continued our JWOC preparation on Sunday with a double sprint session. In the morning we traipsed over to Epila and Hyhky (not pronounced hikey-hikey but Hou-kah) and did three sprintervals of varying lengths. I think we all agreed that it was great to turn the legs over quickly and have a more familiar form of terrain and navigation. Sim arrived at our accommodation not long after we got back and made our group up to a total of 6. That evening we went out for another sprint training this time with Jarrah’s Finnish club, Tampereen Pyrinto. The map Jarvensivu which was used for the Grano Games sprint that Zoe, Toby and Jarrah competed in 3 weeks ago. This map was a bit more relevant for JWOC than our morning training which also meant steeper and a more unique area with lots of small staircases. The most confusing aspect of the map was that some back and front yards were mapped but others weren’t. This meant more intricate navigation was required since we couldn’t immediately assume an area was out of bounds or not.
Monday was our first rest day of the pretraining-training camp and Mumma Zoe (#veganslave) and Caroline woke us up to pancakes for brekkie. Joe arrived in time for brekkie after landing at midnight and making the famous ‘Onni Bus’ trek. Post pancakes, the rest of the day was spent on an extreme shopping adventure by Tara, Caroline and I, then a post shopping feed and nap, with a solid Netflix session to finish up. As they say, train hard, recover harder. And I think we nailed it.
The weather so far on our trip hasn’t been too bad, except for on Tuesday. This day we were doing a Long Simulation (loose definition since we are all still focusing on basic navigation rather than race speed) at Teisko. Overall, this was not our finest hour. We came to a group consensus that there is one 2cm2 patch of the map that we liked and the rest was described with a range of expletives and simply described as “the worst thing ever”. Now looking back, it was definitely made worse by the pouring, freezing cold rain and on a finer day we may have been more positive about the whole experience. But when walking back to the bus with sideways rain coming in our rain coats, a little complaining never hurts anyone.
Unhappy campers (post long sim)

Yesterday was our main middle distance training day. We went to two maps, Pulesjarvi in the morning and Aitovuori after lunch. The day was mostly mishap free aside from almost being arrested for invading a Finnish military base (“Finland has an army???” -Simeon Burrill 2017) and then dodging bullets through a shooting range. Aside from the dangers of being deported or shot, we all enjoyed these maps so much more than the day before and our motivation and enthusiasm has been renewed.
Much happier campers (pre and post middle training)

Today we treated ourselves to another rest day which included a post movie night sleep in, breakfast at lunch time and more exploring around the beautiful Tampere. Finally, today Finland is providing us with a more convincing version of #summer with a balmy 20 degrees and tanning conditions.

Stay tuned for more updates from the 2017 Aus JWOC Team.


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