Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Dear Aussies/fans/enemies trying to see our expert preparation,
We are writing this from the comfort of our current accommodation, in a place called Morahalom. Beautifully green, sunshine and a pleasant 27degrees. Doesn’t get much better than this.
The last week saw numerous highlights, none more so than the JWOC team video kindly produced by the one and only Pat Jaffe. For those unbeknownst to the beauty there is a link below and for those who have already admired the future ARIA winner we recommend you re-watch because it 100% doesn’t get old.
Up until Friday last week the team was living in none less than a mansion. We’re talking 6 toilets sort of stuff here. There were also 2 kitchens, an outside living area, private lake, DISHWASHER and most importantly a variety of taxidermies that bought back fond memories of last year’s glorious photoshoot, later banned by the IOF. The guy in charge was a bit of a lad too, we had dinner at his local pub the last night where he served up some pretty glorious burgers for a measly $4.5.
Tuesday and Thursday were spent on Long distance relevant terrain at Izsak.  Following an easy session at the infamous middle terrain in Bocsa on the Monday, Izsak felt homey. With pine sections similar to New Zealand (particularly Woodhill) and plenty more distinct features than the maze-like middle terrain, we came out of the forest happy. The biggest adaptation we are having to make for the Hungarian terrain is learning the speed of different types of forest. White is by far the quickest (with Pat dropping some cheeky sub 4min/ks), clearings are obvious but not always as fast underfoot as expected and tracks are some pretty grim soft sand.
Wednesday brought us to some fantastic relay terrain which was a definite training peak of the week. Smashing some speedy 2k reps with the gals, through idyllic terrain with control flow smoother than our dance moves, really got us going and boosted our confidence. We are now super excited but also petrified for how fast the 5th JWOC event will be.
Friday saw the team’s second trip to the notorious middle-distance terrain at Bocsa. Trying the maze-like terrain at speed was a prickly, spiky, hurty experience but overall everyone came out relatively unscathed (emotionally at least). Following our morning session, we moved accommodations from Tabdi to Kiskunmajsa. Since there was 8 of us with a 5-person car and 300kg of luggage we had a car of 4 people and 300 bags and 4 people took the train. For some reason no trains link up in rural Hungary, so the 4 chosen train riders got to spend some time checking out the local op shops in Kiskoros and found some glorious local fashion. We eventually made it to our next accommodation and sorry to say this, but it was a slight down grade. Going from our Hungarian villa to an intimate dwelling which lacked a kettle, toaster and washing machine was a bit of a shock to our tea-reliant, bread consuming, stinky systems, but we powered through.

Left: World’s Cutest Pupper* witnessed on train between Kiskoros and Kiskunhalas Right: Pat’s op shop buy allowing him to embrace Eastern European culture more effectively

*indisputable 100% fact

On Saturday we did nothing (except Tara and Pat want us to mention the did a pretty solid interval session). One easy jog later, we were watching Pitch Perfect 2 and a little bored. Exploring Kiskunmajsa took a total of 5mins since nothing was open, and the longest stop ended up being at a $1 ice cream shop. In the end we killed the time with in-depth Time Pressed Traveller research (we found things even Brodie had forgotten about) and created our masterpiece. Again, if the gloriousness of our squad video has not yet graced your retinas, please click the link below. Don’t even read the rest of this post, go treat yo’self.
Sunday was our final pre-pretraining camp session so we got on to some new long terrain at Bodoglar. Another happy session, and it was all fun and games until Lara got the car bogged. The training made up for this minor crisis however, as it was some juicy forest with lots of line features, visible vegetation changes, and good runability. Post training we got serious about our recovery (train hard, rest harder) and watched some more movies and did some geeking before heading out to find dinner. Upon realising that restaurants in Kiskunmajsa only supply drinks on Sunday evening and no food, we found a take away pizza shop and an hour later after google translating an entire menu we finally got a feed.
Monday morning meant time to return the car to Budapest, meet Brodie, Krystal and Jacob and eventually all convene in Bocsa. Despite a few minor delays (approximately 3hrs behind schedule, no biggie) the official training camp has now started and it is all beginning to feel real. Last week was a great introduction to the terrain for Zoe, Tara, Caro, Pat and us (Jo and Asha) and now we are ready to fine tune our techniques through this week to be fully prepared for everything JWOC throws at us.

Stay tuned for more from your favourite JWOC team,

Jo and Asha xoxo


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