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TOVE

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2018 was another incredible year for Tove. She was ranked number one in the world in three different sports: orienteering, ski orienteering, and for the first time ever in Sky Running. She won the All-Over World Cup in Orienteering and Skiorienteering World Championships, and she also won a Gold Medal at the Sky Running World Championships.

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

Favorite SILVA product?
The Race Jet Compass and I always have the Carry Dry Backpack with me. It's small, waterproof, and easy to take with me everywhere.

Favorite destination in the world?
New Zealand, it's an amazing place for adventures. I still have a lot to discover so I will definitely be heading back as soon as possible.

Favorite meal?
Brunch is definitely the best meal, you get a bit of everything. I tend to choose yogurt with granola, fresh baked bread, waffles and fruit.

Who’s your trainer?
I don’t have one specific trainer; I have different training buddies. For example, Dala Sport Academy's Annelie Östberg is my mental coach.
I plan my own training. I spend a lot of time thinking and reflecting about my training.

How often do you train?
Approximately 600-650 hours per year or 9-12 sessions per week. Each week I have 1 rest day when I’m ‘off-duty’ and can just relax or travel to a
new competition. My races are often on the weekends. I have kept a training diary since I was 15, where I write how long each session takes, pulse zones,
distance, type of session (interval, running, or biking etc.). Training is all about enjoyment and creating the ultimate condition to perform well in races.

What type of training do you prefer?
During the summer I run, rollerskate, bike, run with a belt in a pool, and cardio where I focus on core strength and stability.
I also do yoga and flexibility training periodically. During the winter it’s mostly XC-skiing and a lot of running. Basically, all of my training is outside.

How do you train during the darker season?
I’m exercising twice a day so I get one session during day and one session at night. It’s cozy to train in the dark. I even like to orienteer when it’s dark
because it brings another dimension and challenge. I don’t change my training because of the darkness, most of my training sessions are out in
the forest and then I just use a headlamp. So I continue with the same type of sessions despite the dark. Training in the dark brings in
a new dimension, you feel like you are moving faster but with the same effort.

What’s your favorite type of training?
Interval. I like to push myself and really challenge my body. It varies between short 15 second intervals up to 20 minutes. But it’s important to
focus on the whole package, sleeping and eating well is just as important.

Why did you start with orienteering?
I come from a family of orienteers so it was quite natural for me to start as a child. What I love about orienteering is how much variation there is. 
There are always new tracks and different types of terrain, you never know what to expect.
I love to be out in the nature; it’s both physically and mentally challenging.

Any advice to those who want to start orienteering?
Start by looking for a club. Orienteering as a movement is open and friendly. In Sweden there are clubs everywhere, and in some other countries.
It’s important to start by learning the basics regarding the map and the compass. But remember to take it slow at first, focus on practice and learning
the basics regarding map reading and how to use the compass.

Your best tips regarding orienteering?
If you know how to orienteer, you can learn a lot by participating in a competition or just by contacting a club. Just by being in the company of
orienteers you learn more and can discuss the track, choice of direction, and so on.

Your most fun memory so far?
Running the World Championships ‘at home’ in Strömstad. Amazing terrain and tracks, and it went quite well for me. I had really looked forward to the race. 
I was nervous but also so keen.

What’s the most fun race for the happy beginner?
O-ringen. Everyone is there and there’s something for everyone.

How do you prepare yourself before a competition?
I usally eat 3 hours before the race. I try to relax hours before and start to focus when I’m doing my warm up. I adjusted my daily rhythm during the
World Championships by going to bed later and waking up later. The most important thing is to feel recovered, vivid and full of energy.
I decrease the amount of training sessions before competition so that I’m full of energy when it’s time.

What do you like to do in your downtime?
I like to be active, to travel, go to different places, and try new things. I love to try different adventurous things outside.

Main merits:

  • 4 Gold Medals in the World Orienteering Championships
  • 3 Gold Medals in the World Ski Orienteering Championships
  • 5-time Winner of the World Cup in Orienteering
  • 3-time Winner of the World Cup in Ski Orienteering
  • 15 World Championship Gold Medals, including 28 Silver and Bronze Championship Medals
  • 5-time over all Victory at O-ringen W21 Elite
  • 11-time over all Victories at O-ringen

Nationality: Swedish
Lives in: Falun, Sweden
Activity: Orienteering, Ski-Orienteering, & Sky Running
Our friend since: 2014

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