Last Friday felt like Monday. Ending training camp with LYN SKI Senior last thursday felt both kind of good and kind of weird. Good because muscular fatigue really set in the last two days, and my lactate threshold plummeted hard. It felt weird because I have been half in and half out of “the training bubble”, what with work and daily chores. I tried to follow my own advice the whole week and that really helped my energy levels!
The truth is I get so much more tired when we have the training camps in Oslo, but I also get to experience how impossible it is to be a top athlete and work or study full-time. It is virtually impossible! First of all, the training takes a lot of time and there are some logistics with equipment and transport back and forth from training. By the time the first session is done and I am back home it is lunch time, even if the session started 8:30! A training day takes just that, a whole day to prepare for training and recover for training.
After particularly hard or long training sessions I have caught myself thinking that there is NO WAY I could go to work in this state. A very tired state. Everything is feels extra hard; preparing food is a huge ordeal, laundry is piling up, e-mails remain unanswered (following my own advice, I do have “my out of office”-autoreply turned on), my need for sleep increases immensely and just scrolling through the news online feels like a huge task. Imagining doing this and having a family is impossible to me, at least not without a LOT of help.
Luckily, how “top” an athlete I can be at this point is limited, and training and competing is not all there is to life. Still, I am determined to really raise my game this particular season. For this season at least, and possibly the next, I have chosen this dual work-athlete life.
This is what has me knocked out at the end of last week:
- Z4/5, Test-race, running: Frognerseter testen (NEW PR!) 1:45
- Z1, Easy long classic rollerski 1:30
- Z4/5 Skate sprint intervals in Holmenkollen 2:00 hr
- Recovery run 1:00 hr
- Z1, Long classic rollerski 2:15
- Running Speed training 1:15
- Z 5-3, Test race, classic rollerski: Grefsenkollen up + intervals after
- Recovery run 1:00
- Z1 Long skiathlon: 2 hr classic + 2 hr skate, 4:00
- Z4/5, 5 x 5 uphill “elghufs”/running with ski poles
- Recovery running with Lyn-race, a kids run.
Even with laundry piling and the stress of work and projects looming over me, I am not complaining. I mean, who takes a week off work to train? I do and I am lucky to be able to do it! I’d much rather do that than go on some other vacation right now. It is such a luxury to me, but do I work pretty damn hard to be able to do this. It is not exactly free to engage in XC-skiing. Better hustle and grind!
Have a good start of the week, athletes!