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Last week I was in Portugal with the national team for the last time before EOC which starts in only 2 weeks :) For me it was a short trip from sunday to thursday but I got a lot of nice trainings and I got to experience a sent of summer. The weather was perfect with a litlle over 20 degrees every day. Of course we were focussing a lot on the coming EOC so I ran some middle distance and sprint trainings. 

The best training we had wedensday were we had a EOC middle distance simulation with the French national team. I was really excited because this was a great opportunity to test my shape against the best middle distance orienteerer. Below you can see the course with my route choices which isn't that interesting because you just have to run straight ;) I felt quite good on the course and did a good job with my technique. I tried to push hard in the hills and I think a had a great speed in the forest so that is promising. Not surprisingly Thierry won but I was glad to see that I was second about 1min behind. After looking at the tracking Thierry first passed my around control 10 and I lost around 20s because of hesitation on control 18. It was more dense and tricky than it appeared on the map. Just a little comment to my route choices: It is not a mistake on the way to the third control because there were a fence which we were told to run around right.

The rest of my training maps you can see here: maps

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