Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Norwegians and Czechs and Swedes


Anders Tiltnes made an observation about different training cultures in the club he runs for in Sweden (Tiltnes, a Norwegian, runs for Sodertalje Nykvan Orientering = SNO). Here is a rough translation of what he wrote today:

In SNO we've got a tough training culture and a mixture of training philosophies. I'm glad there are 4 Norwegians here, so we can run our Norwegian long distance pace. When we do a long distance session, we usually take 3 hours for 30 kilometers. The Czechs usually take 2-2.5 hours on the same course, and the Swedes are in between. What is sensational is that the Czechs and Swedes run "their fastest" all the time! Or, I should say, at all of the club's organized trainings - indoor intervals on Tuesday, long night O' on Wednesday, and head-to-head on Thursday, plus races on the weekend!

You can read (if you can manage to language) Tiltnes' original article here.

A couple of years ago I took a look at Anders Tiltnes' training (which includes a link to an interview from The Water Stop).

Back to okansas.blogspot.com.

posted by Michael | 8:17 PM


This observation about long distance pace is similar to what I remember from a long time ago (20+ years) when another Norwegian national team runner started training/competing for my club. He was always trailing at the far back of the pack when we were out on long distance runs. He never bothered to try and catch up even though he obviously had the capacity to do so and persisted in running at his own slower pace.

As for 'continental' runners (continental Europe that is) they tend to be better runners particularly for flat and easy runs (like long distance training on roads/trails) and always push hard.

And Swedes - well they might be in between somewhere - not using the Norwegian 'slow distance model' and not quite as fast runners as continentals, but used to 'competing' on every training...

It´s all a matter of different training cultures in the different countries and all of them produce champions every now and then...
My experience in Swedish clubs was that most training sessions felt like competitions. There was always someone who was racing. If your plan was to have a relaxed session, it took an extra bit of discipline to stick to your plan and keep from getting caught up in a race.
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