The MTBO team have all arrived in Poland and are in a training camp in Nowa Kaletka. Our hotel is next to a large lake and we are surrounded by a large forest that is covered by 4 MTBO maps for training.
Preparations are going very well – 4 of the team (Adrian Jackson, Alex Randall, Paul Darvodelsky and Jen Graham-Taylor) raced in a 75km cross country marathon race on Sunday and all came home with trophies. Thor Egerton and David Simpendorfer both raced in the Swiss WRE on the weekend – Thor finishing in 5th place and David in 17th.
Polish meals are becoming more normal as we adjust to a hearty meal of soup & potatoes for lunch and bread and cheese for dinner. Breakfast sausages are also quite a hit.
The Russian and NZ team are also based at the hotel and the Russians set a full SI course yesterday which the team competed on with them. Track interpretations are inconsistent and it is an aspect that the whole team are working on.
The team are maintaining a team blog where you can follow their activities.