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Athlete Profile: Jeff Teutsch

Born 1989
Hometown Ottawa, ON
Currently living Calgary, AB
Club Ottawa Orienteering Club, Foothills Orienteering
Occupation/strong Orienteering coach
Training log
Personal sponsor


Which of your 2015 results are you most proud of and why?

I’m most proud of my performance at the Jan Kjellstrom long distance event in the Lake District in the UK over Easter weekend. The result is nothing special but I battled it out with good focus for 2:06:45 after a completely disastrous middle distance the day before. I felt physically strong and while I lost concentration and contact with the map a couple of times I always caught myself before they turned into significant mistakes and time loss. One of my best ever races mentally.

Which race/races are you most excited about for 2016?

The North American Orienteering Championships will almost undoubtedly once again have by far the highest level of competition in the US and Canada and will be awesome to have everyone together for large event in NA. Looking forward to seeing if I can repeat or improve on my silver medal from 2014 too of course ;-)

Where is your favourite place to orienteer in Canada?

There’s no place like home. I could orienteer forever in the forest playground that is Gatineau Park.

What race/event is on your orienteering bucket list?

I could come up with a very long list for this… If I had to pick one though it would be Jukola.

What do you like to do when you aren’t orienteering? Tell us about one or more of your hobbies/activities.

When I’m not orienteering? …what a foreign concept. Between training and racing, coaching, mapping, organizing events, etc. I don’t have a much time that’s not devoted to orienteering.

I used to be a dedicated musician. At my peak in high school I was playing the trombone 3-4 hours a day. I haven’t played since 4th year university got the better of me over 5 years ago but I’m looking to change that in 2016.

What are some of your 2016 goals outside of orienteering?

To join a band and play the trombone at a level that isn’t painful to the ears. Ok so that’s not a smart goal but hey, it’s a place to start right?

What’s your favourite orienteering discipline and why?

The middle distance.  Simply put it’s the discipline that requires the most focused technical execution which for me is what orienteering is most about.

Tell us about other ways you are involved in orienteering (eg, coaching, mapping, organizing events…)

Let’s stick with the easiest one. Currently I’m employed by Foothills Orienteering here in Calgary as head coach. This past fall I was coaching SOGO Adventure Running (FWOC’s junior program) full time – 3 times a week with the 6-12 year olds and twice a week with a strong group of teenagers. In 2016 I will be developing some new programs for the club and coaching adults as well the teenager group while another club member takes over responsibility for the younger age group.

Describe one of your favourite training exercises.

These days my favourite training exercise is control picking where you have upwards of 25 controls with a control every couple of hundred meters. To it well you need good flow through the controls but more importantly you need high concentration from start to finish and it forces you to find the time to plan ahead all the time or you will lose all sense of flow as you leave controls in the wrong direction.

How do you use technology tools or gadgets to enhance your training (software, apps, gps watch, Catching Features, GoPro…)? Tell us about your favourites.

Technology can be a huge help in telling you where you went or what you were looking at when you do your race or training analysis. Unfortunately no one has yet come up with a piece of technology that will tell you what you were thinking. Right now the biggest piece of my analysis consists of working through my thought processes where I did well or poorly and figuring out what thinking and focus led to any errors. That said I do use gps and Quick Route to look at my route and see where I went and how fast I was going to help identify where I was orienteering well and where I could improve. That’s not enough to really make a difference without the analysis of the underlying thoughts that drive your performance.


Jeff is a member of Orienteering Canada’s 2016 High Performance Program


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