Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Dezembro

 Mais algumas actualizações! A atividade não cessa. Já houve alturas em que cada feito merecia uma publicação,  mas o tempo escasseia e de cada vez que aqui volto já um turbilhão de coisas se passaram.
  Em novembro fazia eu a minha primeira prova, queixava-me da falta de ritmo e partilhava esperanças para um futuro próximo. O futuro chegou, outras provas passaram e novidades surgiram. Na prova do aniversário dos ingleses f.c. fiz uma prova bastante consistente, 6.3km, média de 3'09 e praticamente a puxar por mim mesmo.
  Adivinhava eu que em Torres Vedras ia conseguir fazer um bom corta-mato. Acabei por me atrasar e perdi a partida, comecei 300 metros atrás do pelotão da frente e isso impossibilitou o que quer que fosse.
  Nada perdido suponho. Simplesmente correu mal e não há nada a fazer, tive pena porque estava em forma e perdi a oportunidade de fazer uma boa prova. As coisas continuaram, orientação foi um assunto que veio de novo ao de cima com a convocatória para o estágio sénior. A princípio recusei ir, mas por fim acedi e achei sensato ir. Não na perspectiva que as ideias mudaram, mas que moderação precisava-se e precisava de ultrapassar assuntos mal resolvidos.
  Acabou por ser positivo. Apesar da pouca aderência de atletas convocados, o grupo que foi mostrou entusiasmo e bom espírito apesar das dificuldades que sabemos existirem na orientação atual. Quanto a mim,  pisar na floresta foi pacífico e recordou-me que orientação pode ser vivida sem pressão. Outra surpresa agradável foram os teste físicos, 5000m na pista. A iinício começámos 3, mas acabou por ser eu e o mega e num esforço conjunto fizemos 15 22, com um ultimo km muito forte. Isto deixou boas sensações para atacarmos uma marca bastante boa no fim da época!
   O que significou tudo isto? Paz sobretudo, paz numa altura onde esta é necessária para orientar a minha vida. Creio que se não formos honestos primeiramente com nós próprios, não o seremos com mais nada e o assunto "orientação" era uma complicação indesejável.
   E agora? Trabalho e mais trabalho, quanto a provas será dia 30 a última do ano. Dia 31 será provavelmente o dia para refletir um pouco sobre o ano que passou e entrar em 2015 de cabeça erguida!



Luís Silva

Monday, November 3, 2014

Novembro

  O semestre vai a meio. Guiar este barco não tem sido tarefa fácil, requer atravessar tempestades (e não são poucas!), e navegar por mares de alguma incerteza. Até ao momento a minha vida desportiva tem acompanhado, tem sido um ano de treino relativamente regular (pelo menos em relação ao ano passado) e os efeitos têm-se manifestado: A juntar à qualidade que já tinha nos treinos, o volume veio como um complemento que cedo me trouxe benefícios. Passos foram dados e novos horizontes estão em vista! Claro que manter isto a par do estudo revela-se um desafio extremo, a única forma que encontrei foi restringir a minha vida e viver como um monge, sem vícios (QB..) e disciplinado. Às vezes pergunto-me, até que ponto conseguirei levar isto? Bem, a questão é que viver nesta obscuridade não me desalenta, ensina-me porém a viver de um modo mais calmo e mais centrado, sem ter a necessidade de mudanças bruscas ou andar por aí à deriva em ideias diletantes.

  Mas deixando-me de filosofias e falando de factos..referia eu acima que "passos foram dados". Bem a verdade é que um treino regular trás os seus efeitos, quer bons quer maus, e recentemente tenho lidado com um joelho que não me deixa de incomodar! O que me limita nos treinos mais longos, dos quais também nunca fui muito fã. No entanto por outro lado, nas provas já se vê alguns resultados (embora seja preciso alguma ginástica mental e optimismo para se ver!), na minha primeira prova da época, desloquei-me à famosa prova na Cruz da Picada, em Évora, para testar. Calhou a ser uma prova que, face a um chorudo prémio monetário, atraiu muitas abelhas..daí que já sabia garantidamente que iria penar!
  O objetivo, em última instância seria um lugar no top10, pois isso seria seguro. Mas no dia o dilema apresentou-se: Jogaria com cautela e maximizaria a minha posição ou arriscaria a ir para a frente da prova e veria até onde dava? Bem..isto daria para muita discussão entre os "entendidos" do atletismo, mas mais uma vez me decidi por satisfazer o meu espírito temerário e arriscar. Eu sempre soube ao que ia, não havia hipótese, mas não deixava de ser menos aliciante!
  Mal começou a prova lancei-me para o pelotão da frente decidido a ficar ai o mais que pudesse. A prova tinha uma extensão de 8,3km, daí que tinha mesmo de estar num bom dia para aguentar. Fui andando, e ficámos 6 atletas no grupo da frente, onde eu, claramente, era o elo (muito) mais fraco. Não me amedrontei, nem me entusiasmei, segui disciplinado aguentando o característico fartleck que os atletas de estrada gostam. Os primeiros 4 km foram canja, entre o 5º e o 6º comecei a vergar um pouco, a partir daí reduzi e só me restou penar até ao fim. Não há grande segredo na corrida, ou se aguenta ou se fica e no meu caso resta continuar a treinar.
 
  Poderia ter sido um grande drama, acabei por arrastar-me um bocado e acabei com média de 3'15 (ao 6º km ainda levava média de 3'08), no entanto o dia foi ganho pela a atitude com que sai de la: O treino entrou e a evolução aconteceu, mas há mais pela frente e ao longo desta época espero que vá saindo mais e mais.
  As próximas provas que virão será mais uma de estrada e por fim o crosse de Matos velhos, onde este ano já me estreio como sénior. Levo escondida alguma esperança para esse crosse, mas creio que o objectivo ainda terá de ficar por obter uma boa classificação e não ficar muito longe da frente, nos próximos anos conversaremos melhor, estou certo!

    

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Pensamentos

  A história deste blogue nestes últimos 3 anos tem sido bastante rica. Em primeira instância porque escrever é um hábito meu e partilhar ideias esta enraizado na minha personalidade.  Olhando aos primeiros posts, e observando, a evolução é clara tal como a mudança que vou sofrendo periodicamente, primeiro na frequência com que escrevo, segundo, as temáticas. As minhas ideais vão se alterando e os próprios valores acompanham essa "tendência".
  Não é por falta de personalidade que as coisas vão mudando. Se for a analisar bem, a pedra basilar permanece, no entanto a maturidade trás sensatez e ensina-nos a viver de forma mais pacifica com o mundo. Se comecei por escrever de forma errada mostrando arrogância e muitas vezes pensamentos errados, é preciso reconhecer o turbilhão que a cabeça de um miúdo de 17 anos vive e as ideias sucedem-se, desorganizadas e densas. Não é com orgulho que revejo algumas afirmações. No entanto a admiração por aquele  "eu" subsiste, porque não é com passividade que se alcança a maturidade e até esta tem que ter a sua própria infância.

  Hoje em dia a minha atividade neste blogue tem vindo a diminuir. Talvez porque seja uma ideia passada,  mas em certas alturas sinto a necessidade de partilhar o chorrilho de ideias que me ocorre e acaba por ser aliviante perder 20 minutos nisto.
  Algo que tem vindo a ocorrer me é acerca da minha vida desportiva. Por mais quanto tempo? Quanto mais é que vou dedicar a isto? creio que mais tarde ou mais cedo vou ter de deixar esse "eu" competitivo,  seja por uma lesão grave ou seja por me aperceber que há coisas mais importantes na vida e que a auto centralização não faz mais sentido.  Por enquanto viver um dia de cada vez parece ser uma ideia acertada e enquanto conseguir enjaular a minha impulsividade as coisas correrão bem.

 Esta súbita reflexão e escrita não veio por acaso. Ultimamente têm se realizado algumas provas importantes e eu imagino que se as coisas tivessem sido diferentes podia ser eu a estar nesse meio. O "se" nunca fez muito parte de mim, se as coisas acontecem é porque o encadeamento de eventos nos levou aí,  não vale a pena afirmar o contrário,  mas o imaginar existe e não posso deixar de me recordar que um dia já acreditei e já quis mais.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

3000m PB.

 Yeah, it is october and i'm running PB's already ahah! It is true, i ran 8:42 for 3000m 2 days ago, a big "improvement" on my old pb, that was "just" 9:14 (Even thought i already ran 15:22 for 5000). But that does mean anything in concrete? Let me put things in perspective: I'm with less than 2 months of training, i ran that time after a tough week of training and after all i didn't pushed that hard, i just followed the other runners.
  The time was a nice surprise of course but i'm just using the benefits of a nice volume training. Anyway, this was a big crossing over  an old barrier: 9 minutes in the 3k. It is incredible how long it took me, but at least when i did it, it was by almost 20 seconds!
  The splits were very even, 2:55 for the 1st km, 2:57 for the 2nd and a little under 2:50 for the last. This is maybe a good percursor for the rest of the season, or at least i hope so.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

2014/2015

  Begin of new cycle. 3rd year on physics and that will represent the end of the first degree, after i will go to the master degree where, hopefully, i'll be shooting for my future career!
   What about the rest? Training continued, soft and more consistent than last year. My aims are not important at this stage, i'm a little like:"what's next?" Not that i've acumplished everything already, but because i can't think on bigger things as i don't have any time extra. I'm just glad that i can still continue to get some good runs a being able to escape from the daily stress.
    I think i didn't lost the fire of bigger things, that is something that will remain attached to my personality. But for now i'm just happy i can run almost every day.

   Still i had already some competition. I run some 10k, time not spetacular as i did 34'50. Some 2 minutes out of my pb, but i just faced that race as a good training (i passed 5k in 18'00) and that was all.

  Still is incredible how time flows, and more incredible the changes i face almost every day. I just look 3 months behind and i find incredibly stupid some things i did, but so what? Mistakes are there to show us the right way, my summer was just incredible, i had time to let everything go way and calm down, now i'm ready for a new year! There will be again mistakes, i'm sure i will have the same speech in a year, but i don't mind, for now i look to live each day at once and enjoying!



Monday, August 18, 2014

Those first runnings

  Running is amazing. Do it with a map even more. But after all, sports, no matter which one, is awesome. Running is, for me, the most natural sport a human being can do, but it is a little bit incomplete as we always end up to use and need muscles we don't workout while we are doing it (run).
  So that is why summer fits perfectly as the time to leave competitive running train for a while and just work on general fitness. After I stopped I didn't leave all activities and I continued to run sometimes, I bought 15 days on gym after 1 week of rest and I started to go there. It has been a right choice as I made an important work that I will benefit when I start running (not get injured, be prepared to handle heavier loads of training).
  After all, I have to make a positive apreciation about this holidays. I wasn't stopped and I kind of used my time well. I started running again on 15th. I'll just run, run and run for the next 15 days, in order to get used to it again. I think it is a good sign for the upcoming season, I thought already about my aims, but after all I just want to improve more!

  About the Europeans (Athletics).. the french guy of steeplechase is a completly jerk. I knew him already for some reasons: first one is that he is the only non african runner getting medals on the 3000m steeple, and the others were for punching a teammate in 2011, pushing the mascote in 2012 championships (no reason) and last year attacking a school principle for not hiring is brother as teacher.
  Well after he ripped off his shirt I thought it was unnecessary and stupid action, even for him, but I must recognize that rebounce back to win the 1500m in the way he did..that has to be amazing. Citing IAAF:

"Literally leaving a small pile of bodies in his wake, the 29-year-old Frenchman closed with a 52-second last lap to cruise to a 3:45.60 victory, well clear of Norway’s Henrik Ingebrigsten who finished half a second back."

  Men, that was impressive. We can't be all the best people, but maybe not being good person in other's eyes is what makes you big in sports and this frenchmen rarelly failed in any race he did. But of course, if I had to give him advice..I would tell him that there is no reason to show the worst part of his caracther in front of thowsand people.




Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Holidays (finally)

Yeah, that's it, holidays men. Shitty Jwoc, awesome week in Norway and now finally home. My days haven't been the best ones, I'm not training at all, I'm not studying but whatever. I need this, I need to rest. My year was awfull, I spent my health on sleeping bad, studying and still training, so now I'll take my time.
I keep doing some running and sport anyway, I cycle (I fell the other day and I fucked my arm), I run (how much I want to do in that day) and tomorrow I'll start gym.









That's my way to end with this 2013/2014, a year marked for big changes. I got out, I got back on orienteering, I ran athletics and the results were there. Some new pb's, 15'22 for 5000m and 1'54 for 800, a 49th place on the Eoc middle distance and some good races in POM. The world junior championships was a completly sheet, not much more to say, I wasn't ready, I hadn't the ability that's the truth. Academically it was a good learning year, I made my mistakes and I was not able to pass 2 in 10 disciplines. Ok, not the end of the world, but still undesirable.
Next year? Running more, that's certain. Those pb's will go all down for sure. Academically I'll try to finish my 3rd year with everything done, because in the master degree I'll be one step from my job. I'm about 20 years old, and I have big prespectives for the future, but it is only up to me to make them come true, so better start working.


For now? Beach, sun and..whatever I can call do to relax!


Luis Silva

Friday, July 25, 2014

MédiaQ e fim do Jwoc

  Hoje foi a minha última prova nesta competição, a qualificação da distância média. Honestamente depois de tudo, hoje esperava pelo menos redimir-me e qualificar-me para a final à semelhança das últimas edições que participei. Para me apurar para a final já sabia o que fazer: uma prova regular e com poucos erros. Não precisava de dar demasiado, mas também não podia errar.
  Lá sai, calmo creio, para a minha prova. Eu já sabia à priori que o mapa seria complicado mas não esperava apanhar um choque tão grande e no primeiro e 2º ponto consegui perder 3 minutos. A partir daí comecei a fazer o que sei e fiz uma prova regular e bastante boa, apanhei alguns atletas e segui para o final certo que estaria qualificado. No penúltimo ponto, fui induzido em erro por um atleta que ia comigo na altura e perdi mais 2 minutos. Resultado? 13 segundos do 20º lugar, primeiro atleta fora e diferença para o primeiro? 5 minutos, exatamente o tempo que perdi.
 
   É complicado. Não sei usar outra palavra para descrever a situação. Dia após dia a situação piora cada vez mais, mas felizmente hoje foi o fim. Amanhã farei a prova por pura diversão e domingo viajarei para a Noruega depois de ver a estafeta.
   Que dizer mais? Não estive à altura do desafio. Já desconfiava que não ia ser fácil, mas pensava poder fazer uso da experiência e adaptar-me aos terrenos com mais facilidade. Não foi assim e cometi poucos, mas erros bastante graves. Não há nada mais a retirar daqui, não foi uma experiência agradável isso é  certo. Também não há lições a tirar a não ser as que já sei.


   Eu sei que o futuro começa já amanhã, mas para já o meu é ir para a Noruega uns dias e depois finalmente voltar a casa para descansar o resto do verão. Nos próximos anos  vai ser diferente, vou passar a sénior, o que não representa oportunidade nenhuma a não ser um nível totalmente diferente.
   Retomando um pouco do post anterior, é impossível sem a preparação adequada ambicionar qualquer resultado de topo num mundial. Não há volta a dar, simplesmente não vai ser possivel.
   Talvez seja a próxima geração a fazê-lo, mas pelo menos vou cá estar para ensinar e orientar os mais novos.



Luís Silva

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Percursos - longa e sprint





Luís Silva

Jwoc - Longa e Sprint

  Sendo hoje o dia descanso tenho finalmente tempo para relatar um pouco do que tem sido estar aqui, participar no mundial de júniores, mais uma vez.
  Ai estão. 2 provas concluídas, primeiro o Sprint e depois a Longa. Chegado aqui, apesar de tudo "carregava" alguma esperança na mala. Tinha em mente um 7º lugar no sprint, 30º na longa (ambos do Mega) e ainda um 40º na média (meu). A verdade é que apesar de não me considerar particularmente um atleta de sprint, era aí que pensava obter a minha melhor classificação, visto estar rápido e bem fisicamente. No entanto as expectativas goraram-se rapidamente assim que a competição começou.
  

  Dia do sprint. Parti, confiante, saí logo com o mapa desorientado e não entrei bem. Senti-me enferrujado e não estava fluente na leitura de mapa. Na opção do ponto 4 errei e perdi 30 segundos (!). Viria a perder no total um minuto em erros e hesitações sem contar com a falta de fluência na leitura e antecipação. 50º lugar foi o que isso representou, à volta de 1'20 atrás do campeão do mundo, Tim Robertson, da Nova Zelândia. Prestação muito fraca é verdade. Mas o que representa isto? Não devia estar aqui a representar o país? Provavelmente. Significa que não valho metade do que prometia? Possivelmente. 
   A vida é mesmo assim, nem sempre as coisas saem como queremos, mas nesta questão tenho a acrescentar uma coisa. Eu conheço a maioria daqueles atletas, muitos deles são semi-profissionais que já fazem parte de equipas profissionais, passaram o ano a ambicionar o titulo e certamente trabalharam para tal. Não estou a dizer que não treinei! Porque treinei, mal ou bem, lá estive eu a sacrificar algumas horas, das que podia para conseguir treinar. Fisicamente nunca foi um problema, eu sei o que corro, mas orientação é um desporto que requer prática e técnica, não só corrida. É verdade que apesar de ter cumprido um dos requisito (físico), o outro ficou muito aquém.
   Não há milagres, eu não acabo os exames 2 semanas antes da competição, e depois esperar que esteja preparado. A última vez que toquei no mapa antes de ter chegado cá foi 1 mês e meio antes. Pessoalmente passei por uns problemas complicados antes e mesmo assim ainda tentei direccionar o meu foco para aqui. Eu não sou de ferro, posso ser um atleta com algumas qualidades e ninguém vaticinar que o Luís Silva fosse 80º num Jwoc..mas ninguém, ninguém mesmo faz a mínima ideia do nível que aqui se corre e da pressão que isto causa.

   Ontem foi a longa, honestamente reconhecendo o que escrevi acima até parti descontraído, sempre pronto a dar o meu melhor. Comecei bastante bem, o que me surpreendeu porque o mapa era tramado e a minha experiência nula aqui, fiz a pernada longa e consegui levar só 2 minutos do melhor parcial. Continuei e creio que passei no top 20 no primeiro ponto de rádio (cerca de 4,5km), o que aconteceu depois? Um erro monumental na segunda pernada longa (zona dos loops), sensivelmente 9 minutos e tudo na zona. Tentei encontrar uma opção mas esta não veio no entanto consegui criar micro-opções e navegar com relativa segurança até à zona. Ai perdi o contacto por um momento e perdi a noção onde estava e visto a zona ser tramada, relocalizar-me não foi fácil. Após ter acabado vi que até estava bem na zona, mas isso já não corrigia o erro. Apesar de tudo tentei e fiz os loops com segurança e rapidez e fui para a troca de mapa, aí espera-me a segunda parte o percurso onde perdi novamente uns 10-15 min, o que não é surpreendente pois quem olhou para o mapa percebeu a dificuldade que aquilo representava.
   Quanto à minha performance, parabéns pela parte inicial! Foi impressionante que com ZERO experiência neste terreno tenha conseguido navegar assim. Quanto ao meu erro, falta de experiência! Mais uma vez clamo: Não há milagres! Por mais talento que haja, neste nível conta o TRABALHO com um peso muito maior! 

   Que momento vive a orientação portuguesa? Evolução, eu pertenço a um leque de atletas que já vê que é POSSÍVEL obter muitos bons resultados mas que não tem MEIOS para o fazer. Lamento, isto não é culpa de ninguém a não ser do país onde vivemos.
   Eu não me posso comparar com os atletas nórdicos, suiços, franceses ect, quando estes têm à sua disposição mais recursos e mais oportunidade. Eu patrocino-me a mim mesmo, faço acrobacias com o meu curso (que será o meu futuro) e ainda chego a fazer coisas bastante graves (que são a causa de atravessar momentos tão complicados a nível pessoal) que me afectam a mim e só a mim!
   Conclusão: Sou um frustrado que chegou a acreditar que ser campeão do mundo era possivel só com uma atitude forte. Carreguei isso às costas uns anos, a este nível o fardo é tão pesado que me levou finalmente a vergar. Simplesmente terá de ser a próxima geração a fazê-lo, a evolução é assim, é um processo que começa com pequenos passos e é assim que se vai evoluindo até se chegar ao topo.

   Ainda falta a média, pode ser que com a experiência de mapa que já ganhei destes dias e um pouco de sorte ainda consiga não só chegar à final A como melhorar o 40º lugar. Mas pensar e ambicionar isso já é pedir demais, mas pronto, vou dar sempre o meu MELHOR como dei até aqui.


(Mapas com opções e análise publico mais tarde)


Luís Silva

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Bulgária -> Finally on my way

  Yeah..it's been a rough time to get here. Finally, in Borovets now, I can write about my journey.
   I kind of rested as I wanted to do it. In the first week after finish exams, I started to not feel that great and I thought that maybe things were going again on the wrong way, but then I just calmed down on training and things came up again. As I was just waiting 2 weeks I thought I could find a race to tune me up and helps me get competitive, so I spoke with coach and we headed for an 800m on 16th, which was very good idea. My time even surprised myself, I just looked for an honest effort where I could fight and well..my friend shout "55!" for the first lap (Maybe I was in the 56s), anyway I fought and I got up there in the front, I was rewarded with a 4 seconds PB, doing 1'54''05, barelly half second after the winner. That was a really big surprise, I can have speed, but that is total new thing for me, I'm orienteer!


  Well that was some good boost of selfconfidence for this Jwoc! At least I'm running enough for it..the rest, well, we'll never know :D. Today I went to model event of long distance, and it was kind of hard to run there, but I will not stress about it, there still few days. What about the rest? I can't tell that much more about Jwoc as I'm here only for a day, but for now I'm dealing with that and I hope to continue that way.


Luis Silva

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Férias..ou pelo menos quase!

  Ontem foi o meu último exame, depois de ter passado um mês inteiro a estudar finalmente acabou. Talvez não tenha corrido tudo como eu gostaria, mas para isso vou ter 2 meses para refletir bem acerca do que melhorar.
   O que vem agora? Jwoc, falta um pouco mais de 2 semanas para ir para a Bulgária, país onde se vai realizar a edição deste ano. É verdade, é o meu último ano numa competição jovem, depois disto vou ter de enfrentar o nível sénior, e ai..bem ai não há grandes segredos nem lugar para "milagres".
  Olhando para trás vem-me à memória a participação em 4 europeus de jovens, 3 mundiais de desporto escolar e 2 mundiais de juniores. Desde de 2008 onde consegui ganhar a minha primeira medalha (prata na média) numa competição internacional que ganhar uma competição internacional foi um sonho, no entanto sempre me vi longe de concretizá-lo, talvez hoje entenda o quão longe estava, mas o que é certo é que isso nunca foi impedimento. Em 2009 consegui no meu primeiro Eyoc entrar no top 20 na distância longa. No ano seguinte disse para mim mesmo que ia ganhar, claro que era um pouco irrealístico ver as coisas dessa forma, mas a verdade é que tentei e fui 6º e consegui ir ao pódio numa competição Europeia. Depois disso achei que tinha de fazer algo diferente e 2011, já no escalão de M18 correu bastante mal. Em 2012 levava novamente a esperança de uma medalha, que ficou a um mp (desclassificação) de ser conseguida..
   Nos mundiais de desporto escolar consegui uma medalha em 2011, que foi quase uma vitória até ao penúltimo ponto ter cometido um erro que me tirou essa oportunidade. Em relação aos mundiais de júniores a única coisa marcada é a vitória na qualificatória da média em 2012, o que me levou a fazer na final umas das melhores provas que tenho memória.
   A verdade é que cada ano havia sempre alguma coisa que podia ter sido diferente. Pode ter sido um caminho cravejado de desilusões mas as coisas têm de seguir o seu rumo e não há nada que se possa fazer. Eu demorei algum tempo a perceber que tinha de aceitar que a culpa, cada vez que falhava, era minha e não de qualquer outro factor exterior. Há sempre alguma coisa, da minha responsabilidade, que devia ter feito melhor, e não fiz, e acções trazem consequências, nem sempre agradáveis.



   O ano passado fiz a minha pausa na Orientação, este ano voltei com reticências que ainda mantenho! O desporto não tem de ser uma fonte de desespero ou desilusão, acho que todo o desportista, quer amador, quer profissional tem de tirar prazer daquilo que faz e a verdade é que não há outra razão senão essa que me mantenha activo na Orientação.
   Acabei por voltar num ano onde se realizou o Europeu de séniores aqui, em Portugal. Fui seleccionado para a minha competição sénior de sempre! Como eu disse acima, não acredito em milagres e o nível profissional é outra coisa, no entanto é com felicidade que ainda me recordo do 49º lugar que alcancei na prova de distância média!
   Isso deu-me vontade de olhar com esperança para o mundial de júniores que ai vem e agora que está tão próximo as dúvidas aparecem e tenho de aceitar a verdade. Por mais esperança que tenha de ganhar uma medalha é preciso ser realista e ver que ali competem 150 atletas, 40 ou 50 como eu, com possibilidades de num dia bom chegar ao topo. Isto não é entrar derrotado, é precaver à priori a desilusão.
  No entanto é o primeiro ano que chego relativamente bem fisicamente a esta altura. Acho que consegui finalmente encontrar o equilíbrio e descobrir a solução que funciona para mim! Ou seja, garra não me vai faltar, no dia vamos ver, pelo menos estou virado para o sacrifício.


Há quatro anos foi assim..
 
  Ps: Escrever em Português novamente é estranho! No entanto finalmente entendi que não valia a pena andar a escrever numa língua que não era a minha!

Luís Silva

Thursday, June 26, 2014

We have European champ!

 It's true. Portugal has now an European champ and it is in Orienteering! Good to see that someone else than the football team does something.. It is quite impressive to win an European championship by 30 seconds, even more in the sprint! Very beautifull thing to be done, and now is time to congratulate hime, but let me present you that kid, called Ricardo Ferreira.

  I knew him barelly 3 years ago. He was a football player that knew orienteering by the hand of my old coach, a teacher that does an amazing work on spread the sport in Pinhal Novo, a small town on the south of Portugal and where I'm from. When I saw him first he was kind of annoying but when I saw him running I saw something special, his speed was something I recognized before and his will also. The question was if he could do it with a map, for sure the first times were not the best, but sometimes a super race came out and I started to believe that I was facing something special. I started to support that kid, mostly trying to teach him and help him realize that he could o more.
  He grew up, I saw more and more coming. It is funny that here almost no one can see when a kid has the "thing", and he was unknow by the most and no one would give him credit. I gave, me and the club, we saw him develop and he was growing better and better. After placing 15th in last eyoc in sprint I knew this year he could do something good. And with a good support it became truth, now there is the result.

  But it is necessary to put it perspective. He is an European champ in orienteering who doesn't do orienteering at all and doesn't have that much support. I know he trains most of his days by himself and often has bad races which doesn't reveal hist true value. I saw the gps trackings from some of his races and I understood there what kind of animal was there. I hope this is a thing that will open eyes..or maybe not, but I'll make sure, and with me more people (I know), that he will get there soon!







Congratulations! We are not as small as that ;). Let me see if I can repeat it in Jwoc!

  

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

What I've seen.

  Now, sit down and waiting for the plane the memories of this incredible days start to come and is time to share them with all of you! Since I've entered in orienteering I've heard about Jukola, that competition where more than thousand teams would enter and fight for victory in a team effort. That mass start was kind of myth for me and when I saw the videos I couldn't imagine how it would be to be there and how was possible that so many people could run together.
   Well this year was for sure a special year, I was given the oportunity, by Ms Parma team, to try both biggest relays, and for sure I took and I enjoyed it.Tiomila was already special feeling, but I have to say that it is not even close to Jukola. But let me tell all trip.

   I came here on 12th June, 2 days before, and friday was all about travelling to Kuopio where I did a fine training, of course I was rusty because I was more than 3 weeks without orienteering, but I took it slow and nice and it worked out. I ended up to develop some kind of alergic reaction (I guess because of mosquitos) but it wasn't anything serious. Anyway, next day morning I went to Jukola event center and when I got there I was terrified. I've never had seen anything so big, it was like a small town and everyone was getting prepared for the big event. I was all day going all around, trying to see everything there, I saw first the venla relay and the coverage was just incredible, you had 2 or 3 big screens where you could watch everything live and follow the competition. It was kind of old outside cinema type, sit on the grass and watch the GPS on TV.

   That afternoon I went for a slow training on the model map (they had like 3 model maps just around the arena) and I could understand right there that It was not going to be an easy task..the terrain was soft and tough to run and I was not used to it. The time of the men's relay was coming and I went for a while for my team's house and we discussed the final plans for the relay Of course my role there was secondary, I was running on the second team but I had to be there and see how they do it, that I can learn from those men (some of them ran already more than 15 Jukolas). I started finally to feel the pressure...when they asked if I was ready, I was divided between to thoughts: I wasn't any ready for running the first, but I was ready to give it all and that was what I was looking for.
 
  9pm, me and the first guy of the first team, we went to the arena. Was time to get ready, the time passed really fast and when I looked to the watch was already 10pm (1hour to start), so I put my equipment, I ajusted the headlamp and I guess I was ready to go. I entered in the zone of start and I started to do an easy jog, trying to relax, if I just knew what was about to coming :D.. 10 minutes to start, they open the tapes and you can go to your starting number, mine was 78, so that was pretty much in the front and then everyone was there, waiting for it. I saw thousands of people outside watching, and my scare was growing up. 2 minutes to start, I look behind and I see 1000 people behind me and I just say "of fuck", that was some serious shit, and the adrenaline just started to be realeased on my blood. 1 minute and they give the maps, the starting signal would be a canon sound and a plane would fly throught us, and that made really feel the pressure! It was almost a matter of life to run.
 
   5, 4, 3, 2, 1,...BAM! And everyone goes! I just sprinted and run the hardest I could, it was 1 km throught the triangle and until there, there would not be any chance of watching the map, I just ran and ran, trying to stay close and find the best place, the floor was so difficult to run that many runners fell on my side, I was really positioned in the action zone! I was able to made it throught the front line, when I hit the triangle I was 10 meters back the leading guy and we entered the forest..the first leg was something monstrous, I don't know how much it was, but going there was hell, I climbed I jump, I had to be running at tht speed in that terrain! Green, swamps, trees, rocks, everything! it was incredible, I can't describe it because I had to give it all to make it there..animals is the word I can use. The first control was something that I could call f*ckying difficult..but I was smart and I found it very well, I made it to the 3rd really in control but then the mistake came and I was behind. Anyway I followed and I found the 5th, but after that was a big, big shit.
 
   The rest of the race was incredibly difficult, I was totally tired, and the terrain would not help. It was madness, everyone was just going as hard as they could, I saw a suited guy going trought me and I thought "what the fuck? I'm seeing things!". I fell on icy swamps, I fell on rocks, I went throught a tree! Every shit happened to me on that night. I wondered what I was doing there, I wanted to stop and give, but I just couldn't, you know..there was no way. I almost vomited because of the effort, when you go to that point something has to be wrong :D. I could not read the map anymore and more mistakes came..it was so difficult map and being so tired made it even more difficult. I got throught the end asking what the hell just happened there..I felt raped. I wanted to cry and call for my mom, but instead I laugh because it was incredible that there is no limits! I have no idea how many mistakes I did, but I delivered it 15 minutes behind, which was pretty shit :D.
 
   Anyway, I spend the rest of the night watching the relay, incredible tired and cold but there were some special blue sky and the night never came..so I guess that was part of Jukola spirit. It took me until today to totally recover, I did just 2 more trainings on finish forests, they were difficult but I wanted to enjoy more! There will be next time for sure.

 
   Conclusions? Orienteering's still an amazing sport beside everything. Having this experiences make me feel really lucky and contribute a lot for my development as an athlete. Now I'm backing home, but with the feeling I want to train hard that I will do it fine in Jwoc. This is amazing, this sport is a way of life! I wouldn't ask anything more.


See you..








Luis Silva




Friday, June 6, 2014

Is this the year?

  June, next month will be July and for me it means Jwoc. Last year I didn't went there as I overtrained and I was to tired to do something right, still I can't know if I did the right thing, but I stil think it was the best for me!
  Well, this year I tried to not mess with it. The last year of any competition is an important one, I don't see it as a crutial thing to succeed there, but it would be fine to do something special, at least to close my youth years with something I can remember! Anyway, as I said, my life as an athlete doesn't end here, and that I have quite present on my mind, but lets put the things in perspective.
   My year has been really good until now, I can't complain about lack of motivation. I was able not only to comeback but also to beat the old me, that is a very strong statement, because when I say beat, I mean everything. There was no need to put everything on here and kill myself with training, there was no need to mess and let everything else behind, I think there is a chance to have a life with many faces and now, I just realized it. Train was just my way to relax from my daily studies, and life is so much better when you actually care about enjoying every experiences you can get. But continue, I ran 15:20 for 5000m in March, I had a really strong middle distance in Eoc and even after that I experienced some setback, I was able to understand and relax a little. Right in time I think, because my fitness is improving a ton every damn week, for example my last interval training were:


@3x1000m+2x500m, 3' between 1000 and 2' between 500, times: 3'08-3'00-2'42-1'22-1'20

@3x(300m-1'-200m), 3' rest between sets and time were: 42-28-41-27-41-30

@3x500m  3' rest between, times: 1'16-1'17-1'11

@10x300m 1' rest, times: 51-49-49-48-47-47-46-46-45-40 (Good help from training partner in the last ahah)


 Those are not super times, but for me, this is a big step foward and I'm doing it more those times easier, more like competition. The tough time is still to come, I will push much more in the rest of this month trying to put myself in shape.
  I think I have unfinished business with the track and I will atack my pb's soon and try to make it worth my workouts, but the big goal will be the junior world championships. How far is that goal? I honestly don't know, I think I cannot speak in medals, that is a bigger step than my leg and I would be foolish to aiming such thing again. Perfect would be a top 15, and that is much more likely for me and my level. Time will tell everything, for now Jukola is coming and also exams!


See you in July,
Luis Silva

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Failure

  Yesterday I tried to beat my PB at 1500m. After I did that time on the road I guess I was ready to bring it down under 4 min. The race had very good guys in so I thought I had a good chance to do it, but finally the tireness paid off. After the European I intended to bring my fitness down, it never happened as I continued to compete. I felt tired anyway, but still good races were coming so I didn't stopped.
  When I warmed up yesterday I didn't felt in right mode to run, but I wasn't feeling weak on my legs so I thought maybe it would be just pre race nervous. When I started it I worked my way trought the front and I got it, I heard 63 for the 1st quarter, 2'06 for 800 and I think I passed 1000 in 2'38. I was alone with the 5 fastest guys in the front an we gapped the rest of the field so I just had to hold on there. I ended up to lose contact and in the last lap I tried to kick as I was feeling strenght on my legs to go, but that kick never came and I stepped out at 1250m. Right when I stop I felt dizzy due to low blood pressure, and with few explanations for what just happened.

   I wasn't on my day of course, it was quite hot and windy day I acept, but still I already finished much worse races. My legs were fine, aerobically I wasn't even tired. This was just mental tireness..I had already the experience of last year but still, I don't learn! I need to stop keeping pressure on it, I will for sure back off and reunite it all again.
   There has been long time since I gave up from a race. I'm happy I'm not physically hurt, I'm just burning out on mental level. At least I know what to do now, but still it was a good warning!

Monday, May 5, 2014

Tiomila adventure

    Eksjo, Tiomila2014. I was there! Now already coming back home I find time to write about it. My travel started on 1st May, I was all day travelling from Lisbon to Helsinki and then from Helsinki to Suomosjarvi, a small town near Turku. I stayed that night in Samuli's house (Ms Parma team coach) where I enjoyed the nice hospitality from him and his wife! Next day morning we went to a place near Turku where I made a training on map to see how I was doing. Not too rusty! At last I didn't forgot my navigation skills on nordic countries. It was really nice to feel that excitment again, of being run in a real forest, and it was also my first time orienteering with snow falling over me. That day night we caught the boat to Sweden, and it took all night to get there.

   Next day morning we had to woke up 6am and we left to Eksjo, where competition was held. That afternoon I did a slow train on model event map, in company of Peeter Pihl, one of my teammates. I was about to enter in Tiomila for the first time and my leg it was no other than the first!There isn't many runners who can say they felt actually a mass start of this relay. My starting position was like last line, so it made it even more difficult. When the start signal were shout by the speaker I noticed one of the most barbaric things ever. All runners were running like animals, at their maximum speed, no mercy for anyone, I saw people climbing rocks, trees, everything they can to get on the front! everyone wanted a front position and there was no barriers to get it! I saw several runners fall on my front, I knew if I stepped wrong the same would happen to me, it was run or die, as simples as that.

  I finally managed, after climbing and coming down of a giant hill, to get into a group and it was time to get to the front..the problem was that I was already gapped at the start so it was dangerous for me to push so hard, but still I almost caught the front guys and when we left the road to enter in the forest it was such a relief! Finally it slowed down..I caught the first control very well, I think I was on the top position. Then the second I messed up as I tried to take a own option, but still, there was always someone to follow.

 
  From there until the end was just follow and push, avoid mistakes and get the right controls! Near the end I was in quite good position, I think I was in the leading "train" but then I crushed my knee into a rock and I saw it bleeding quite badly..I was not able to give a step! I started to panic as the finish was so close and I saw so many people going trought me.. I continued, but I was going to slow and still screaming of pain. Anyway I managed to deliver it in 54th position about 2:40 behind the first guy, who was actually a spanish friend, Antonio Martinez! I did the 8,7km in 48 minutes.
    I think I could have delivered it about 1 min behind if there would have been
no crushing. Which would be a very good first experience! Anyway I was happy, my knee was hurting but was not sirious as it indicate first.
    Was it time to say goodbye? No! I still had the 9th leg to run on the next morning. I just slept about 5 hours and at 6am I was already on the forest again to run 15,4km. This time it worked as a long training as I didn't pushed at all. But still I didn't avoid mistakes in technical parts.

   What could I ask more for the first time on this competition? Nothing! I made it worth. My team, Ms Parma had very nice results, we won the youngsters relay, we were 10th on the ladies and finally 20th(I think) on the men's side. Not bad.
   Next is Jukolla, I'll still be running on the 2nd or 3rd team as I'm not trustable, yet, to be on the 1st(wise option ahah). But no problem! I think I'll run again the first leg, but this time it will not be just 350 teams but more than 1000! I hope to not get smashed.


(Pictures soon)


Luis Silva

Monday, April 28, 2014

Downtime

   After European I've bee trying to comeback to normal routine. I've not recovered yet, but I didn't stopped my training that much which has been mistake as I don't feel any recovered and worse, I got sick. Anyway, after such big competition is good to feel down and look again for new aim and I'm already thinking on Jwoc, but step by step. There still 3 months to train and prepare, so that is lot of time.

   What's next? Next will be history for me, I'll be for the first time on my career in Tiomila relay! For long time I ambitioned to be there and finally it was possible this year. Ah I didn't wrote about it yet but I found a very good club, Ms Parma. They gave me a big oportunity which I shall be gratefull and honor from now on that oportunity. I have to recognize that if you want to get better, it is necessary for you to get a nordic club. The orienteering force is there and also the best terrains in the world, I was lucky that, even being so far, a club oppened their doors for an unknown athlete like me but with lot of will to get better. I couldn't ask for any better on this age! So this means I'll have the chance to compete more on nordic countries, which will for sure help me get better.

  For now I'm back to training, I raced on Thursday, on a relay. It was legs of 1500m (1480m gps) and I did the first one. I waited for the final turn and I kicked hard. Simple I guess, final time? 3:49. Barelly a 3:51 to a 1500m, that's crazy man..my personal best is 4:05 and I did 14 seconds less :D. Yesterday was another road race, this time 5K. The course was crazzy and difficult, the field was really good and at least I was able to stay in good position even I never touched the lead. Final time? 15:05-15:10, That's wonderfull, my Pb is 15:20!
  This was suppose to be a down time, and it still is. At least I'm not training at high level and I'll keep that on May!



                                        Follow the leader they say...



Luis Silva

Monday, April 21, 2014

Eoc Analysis - Middle Final

  Now I give a jump from the sprint qualification, what happened in the sprint was very simple. I fall but I got up very quickly, I didn't hurt anything, so how can I lost almost 3 minutes in the next 3 controls? Easy answer. I was not dealing with the pressure and the smallest thing was enough to lose my focus on the race. Cause? Inexperience. I'm just not used to be on great competitions and I'm not able to deal with external situations. For sure in the future I will be prepared to be calm after stress situation, but I guess we have to fall first to learn.

   Middle Final. My motivation came up again, for the first time on those championships I didn't had pressure and because of that things went better. I already spoke about it on other post, so I'll just make the analysis of my race.


Total time Time behind Position Leg time Time behind Leg position
02:38 +0:20 -55 02:38 +0:20 -55
03:38 +0:24 -55 01:00 +0:07 -58
05:16 +0:32 -43 01:38 +0:08 -25
06:25 +0:43 -46 01:09 +0:15 -82
08:19 +0:54 -33 01:54 +0:15 -25
11:45 +1:17 -32 03:26 +0:24 -42
14:47 +1:35 -32 03:02 +0:18 -38
15:26 +1:35 -29 00:39 +0:01 -5
18:00 +1:50 -32 02:34 +0:21 -65
19:46 +2:00 -30 01:46 +0:12 -39
20:18 +2:00 -28 00:32 +0:01 -2
21:19 +2:01 -28 01:01 +0:04 -10
22:47 +2:11 -30 01:28 +0:12 -49
23:36 +2:18 -30 00:49 +0:11 -92
26:02:00 +2:32 -32 02:26 +0:17 -52
27:03:00 +2:37 -31 01:01 +0:06 -19
28:35:00 +2:48 -33 01:32 +0:14 -60
32:36:00 +4:39 -56 04:01 +1:51 -110
33:14:00 +4:35 -51 00:38 00:00 -1
34:05:00 +4:39 -51 00:51 +0:05 -36
35:37:00 +4:49 -51 01:32 +0:10 -50
37:01:00 +4:54 -50 01:24 +0:08 -25
37:19:00 +4:56 -49 00:18 +0:02 -19

Few points of analysis
# I was little surprised how fast the winner started. I took 20 seconds on the first split (!) and I don't lose any time. It just tells me how serious they take this. I ran hard from the begin and still I lose lot of time.

#As the race goes on my splits improve. The hardest part for me is between 2 and 5km, I know I can't go too hard or I will blow up. I need to save some energy to fight in the end and I was able to do that when I had downhill. I do some good splits, but is noticeable between 20min of race and when I do my mistake a slowdown.

#Good finish. After a mistake you shall never let down your arms, win the next split is always a good console!


   This race shown me where am I now. I guess that without that mistake I would lose less than 3 minutes for the winner, which would be awesome, but still is a long way to cross over. This guys take their job seriously and be one of the best in the world will not be easy. I never expected it to be anyway.




Luis Silva



Friday, April 18, 2014

Eoc Analysis - MiddleQ

   Eoc is over. Time do start a detailed analysis of what I did there and then get over it. I competed 5 times there, middle qualification, sprint qualification, sprint final B, middle final A and finally relay and all I can say is that I never ran so many days with so much intensity. I don't remember of finishing any race with the feeling I couldn't give anything more and that is why I'm happy with my performances.
 
   Lets start with middle distance qualification,


Middle distance qualification, 5.7 km - 21 controls.

  This was the first race of my European. I started almost in last, but that wasn't reason to be motivated to get the final. I knew I had to do orienteering in a high level to nail it, but for sure I wasn't expecting what I saw after I checked my splits.




Total timeTime behindPositionleg timeTime behindPosition 
01:4500:00-101:4500:00-1
03:01+0:01-201:16+0:02-5
03:54+0:25-2200:53+0:24-35
05:14+0:35-2401:20+0:11-33
06:02+0:35-2100:48+0:03-4
10:09+2:19-3404:07+1:45-38
10:35+2:17-3400:26+0:01-2
11:26+2:20-3400:51+0:03-5
12:35+2:22-3401:09+0:07-21
14:44+2:30-3402:09+0:09-17
16:06+2:39-3101:22+0:09-16
17:35+2:43-3101:29+0:16-35
18:27+2:46-3000:52+0:03-16
19:45+3:11-2701:18+0:26-30
20:07+3:15-2700:22+0:04-23
23:38+3:31-2703:31+0:17-19
24:02:00+3:33-2600:24+0:02-6
25:14:00+3:41-2501:12+0:08-18
28:22:00+6:09-3503:08+2:28-39
30:13:00+6:41-3501:51+0:33-39
31:48:00+6:56-3501:35+0:18-30
32:15:00+6:56-3500:27+0:05-25


Quick takes:

#You just don't start your races winning the first split. I had no idea how fast I was going but I never expected that to happen, this is not a junior championship. This is senior level, here I'm competing equal to equal with guys like Daniel Hubmann and Thierry Gueourgiou, you just don't do all those splits on top 10.

#I was clearly out of my level. How can you see that? Check the mistakes I did on 3rd, 6th, 14th and 19th controls. I take that time and I'm good enough to be on top 10, which I never needed to be on the final. So I guess I tried too hard and too hard is not good when you are on your first senior competition.

#Physically I had a big boom and that is quite clear in the last controls. I have no idea of my levels and still I cross them fearless. This is a mist of good and bad thing, good because I can come up some levels on the right time, bad because the opposite of coming up some levels is going down some levels too.


There is no shame on trying. I tried and I suffered the consequences, end of story, so move on. I have to be proud of my performance, running on this level is different and I'm still junior. I know that I just need to work and wait and it will pay off.


Luis Silva

Monday, April 14, 2014

Uh Uh! :D

  Good things first! I will tell everything, soon, about what has been my Eoc, but now I will pass ahead and tell everything about today, because for me it was a very consistent performance that I shall be very happy about.


  After middle qualification wrong control was decided that all athletes should run the final, so I guess it was kind of 2nd chance I had to get it right and get up of my latest performances. The starts were ordered by world ranking position, so I was in the first start block. No problem at all, I felt it would be a good day or at least I didn't care too much and I was just about to start a fun race.
  Being on this situtation of pressure is difficult to handle, after middle Q and sprint Q my motivation was not the best one, but a few words from a very good friend before the sprint final helpped me to realize he was quite right and that I should get motivated for middle final as my qualification race was very good. I had 2 major mistakes but in general my splits were very strong. I used that to not get pressured in the final and so on.

  My race started, rythm was high but I got first control with safety. I will not tell about every controls because I could not have done any better, I ran a controlled race and everything went right. I was in 32th position on 17th control, almost in the end but then I lost my head and I did a big mistake on 18th. At least I had good push until the end and I finished my race on 49th position.

  There is not much more to tell about my race, it was just a perfect race beside one control. I could not ask much more. I did the 7,9k in 37:19 minutes with a mistake of nearly 2 minutes, Daniel Hubmann did 32:30 to become the new European Champion! Without that mistake I would have lost between 2:30 and 3 minutes for that man. That is just amazing for me, this is a big motivation for the future!
 There will be still a race left for me, the relay. I will cover the first leg! Let see if I can come with the front group!






Luis Silva

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Eoc 2014

  Yeah, Iwas selected to run in the European. After coming back on January there was a long but still so short way to go. Short on time, long on getting myself in shape. Now if I look back there's nothing I could do better, I'm proud I was able to get back on orienteering and still be able to keep a tight balance between being athlete and student. That wasn't for sure "cheap", I gave up from the rest and basically I studied and trained, it seems simple thing to do when written, but for me I just had to keep thinking that in long term I will benefit.
 
  Being on the European was the "rope" I found to get motivated for further aims. I know very well what takes to compete with the best athletes in the world, and for sure I doesn't have it still, I'm young, unexperienced and above of everything, I'm not professional, but still  that wasn't reason to don't do nothing and on this 4 months I did what I could to improve and I guess I just have to be happy with where I'm now.
 
  I was selected to run the distances I wanted, middle and sprint. Giving a quick look on the distances, the qualify race for middle will be between 5,7-5,9km, so I don't have any reason to don't be motivated, I just run 15'20 for 5000m 2 weeks ago, and believe it or not I got better. I know in the right day (I hope it'll be tomorrow) and doing a good orienteering the final doesn't seem too unlikely. For sprint, I will give it a shot, I'm not gifted on running sprints, honestly I think I just do good sprints sometimes because with my running skills I think it has to work out sometimes. Anyway, there is 17 places on each heat, I don't feel any obligation of get anyone of those, I'll be happy of just giving my best effort.

   Ah that's right, tomorrow is the first race but still I'll have still 2 classes of good physics (waves and optics, and moder physics) this afternoon and after that I'll join the select team. Well, I found it a little bit strange in fact, being so close should make me nervous but at the same time keeping the same routine as always keeps me calm on waiting. Other thing I cannot stop thinking is that tomorrow, running the European I'll running on my yard, and literally on my yard as the event center will be on my town on my old school. I left that school 2 years ago, but I hold a lot of memories about that place where I first started orienteering, where I kept my training place for years, very far from orienteering world, and now it comes right there, on my home.

  I always kept two different lifes. The life I take on races and important championships but when I cameback home there was always the simplity of being just one more person, and now I'm joining both. I think I'll keep the simple person, it always takes the best of me.

Find all information here:

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Luis Silva

Sunday, March 23, 2014

My big investiment

   Finally I found time to relate my latest races! My quest to get ready for Eoc still goes on, day after day I try to invest what I can to get better because I know any small improvement will count.
   One say that this should not be any aim for me, I'm too young to fight for a result and I should see an eventually selection as a way to gather experience. I should look only for Jwoc, which one will be my last an where I could fight for a good result. One of the things I learnt is that I cannot make long term plans, things always end up to give big turn arounds, and last year I was so focused on one thing that I ended up to lose everything.
   It would be silly to say I can be better than professional athletes, I'm not that arrogant. But all those years in orienteering always taught me to fight against the best, I never turned down my back even when there was no way I could do it. Since I went to Scotland in 2008 and I've won that silver medal my view about things changed a lot, but after many years the same principle is there, I do it because I like it. Being the winner is the reward you get when that day luck was on your side, but the true feel is that you know you fight so hard that you cross over your own definition of limit.


  Well, speaking about races. Joining this and last weekends, I was able to beat myself 2 times! First in a cross country, the national championships, short race type. I was 41th place in the 4km where I did 11:55 (2:58 per Km). This was a very good result, I was 6th U23 runner, the competition is very fierce on senior level and I'm happy with my performance, because I fought hard on a difficult terrain. That sunday I was doing some mass starts with the select team, preparing the Eoc, and I felt very good, at least physically!

  Today I ran 5000m race and I beat my personal best for 6 seconds. I did 15'20 in a very hard fight with other athlete (it was a championship race). I ended up to lose in the final 200m, because I'm not training enough and that doesn't make me proud.
  I've been averaging between 50 and 60 km per week those last months, and that is not enough. Hopefully spring is there and I can start to train more as daylight is more extended!


  2 weeks more I guess, I'll make it worth.



Luis Silva

Sunday, March 9, 2014

ALOT'14

  Eoc is coming there, really, really soon and my hopes are coming up! This weekend I had another couple of races, this time in the south on a very, very fast terrains well known by me. Well, fast in orienteering is relative because averaging under 5' min/k in red line is considered fast for most of orienteers. When I was younger this speed average was very important to me and I remember when going under 6min/k was very good for me, then I stayed long time on the five's and last year finally I was able to come under that barrier which is kind of indicator that you are going up on your level.
    As I said this weekend was suppose to be fast and again, I splited my races between the junior and elite class. In the Long Distance I had 9,5km, well..my time was just 46:50 and I did around 2 minutes mistakes in the end..I really pused hard because I'm specifically aiming for the middle distance so I want to test myself on 35-45 minutes maximum efforts. In the end I payed the crazy rythm because I was lackying of focus but still I did quite fine race and it wasn't that easy with a lot of rocky zones where I had to slow down.



   Of course I was saving myself for the middle distance WRE race today. I didn't had any will on doing the 16km of elite long distance, but I didn't also because I wanted to be ready to burn up on the middle. It was a 7,5km race on a fast but still, thricky terrain. I started really fast, it was a long leg and I just lost 8 second to the leader (Gustav Bergman) but I my race was just OK. I had 2 big mistakes that cost me 2 minutes..
I ended up with 35 minutes, 4'30 behind the winner.








Some quick thoughts:
1# I'm clearly getting back on myself again. That feeling of going all out was missed and I'm happy to rediscover it again.

2#I risked a lot, my race was really good beside those 2 controls. My aim was to lost about 2 minutes to the winner, and I was close to that...but taking the risk cost me a lot, maybe I shall slow down little my rythm.

3#Even I'm going fast, I'm not thinking it. During the race I'm always full of negative thoughts like: "I'm going to slow", "The best guys are for sure going lot faster".
Well that is a good way to make me not give it up, but I guess I should be more focused on doing less mistakes.

4#My mistakes was mostly on the rocks, Eoc will not have any rock. So this must be good news I guess. I'll make sure this month I do some speed train.


Luis Silva