Since Thursday night everything has felt like a whirl wind and waking up today I’m not sure what to feel and what t do. My mind is racing, but my body is screaming for rest. Wise from experience, I will listen to the latter today.
I’m sorry I wasn’t able to update yesterday, but things have literally been happening non-stop. Also, I am holding a little off on my Lahti picture special post, because FIS has made it very clear that posting certain types of pictures, like pics where we are wearing accreditation, official pics and such like, are not allowed as long as the championship going on. I promise it’s coming!
Even though we had my team mate, Apostolis Angelis, qualifying for the mens 15K classic, everyone was leaving on Friday because most of my team have their focus on biathlon. So on Thursday night we all gathered at the Scandic hotel sports bar for a goodbye drink. Us girls had tea, so as you can imagine it was a very relaxed affair. I don’t know for sure when I will see everyone again, but i think it’ll be either in the fall or next winter. A lot of people ask me if I ever go to train in Greece, but I generally have the best training conditions at home and there is only so much traveling I am able to do.
From one world championship to the next
Yesterday, Friday, was traveling day and Helsinki airport was busy and chaotic. Everything on my journey to Oslo was also a little bit delayed without being delayed enough for it to be announced in any way: boarding, take-off and getting my bag in Oslo airport. This wouldn’t normally bother me, but I had a place to be!
Being a apart of the Magnat Center team around boxing world champion, Cecilia Brækhus, I just had to change to an earlier flight when I got the chance to see her fight. When I arrived at the central station with the airport train, I literally threw all my luggage in a locker, and changed clothes (of which I didn’t bring much other that training clothes to Lahti) and did my make-up as quickly as never before. I rushed to meet my fellow Performance Coach, Blake Schaefering, at Den gamle skobutikken, before we went the sponsor event at Royal Gastropub. After a couple of rounds of shuffle board we walked over to Oslo Spektrum, where the amateur fights were well under way. I was excited to see my first live boxing fight and with Cecilia being the headliner, nonetheless!
A hard hitting role model
After 10 rounds of hard fighting, Cecilia took the victory! The first round was kind of unnerving when Klara came in running and dancing really fast towards Cecilia. However, she couldn’t keep up with her own pace and got more and more tired as Cecilia steadily placed her jabs on her head. It was awesome to see how well Cecilia was moving! As a neuro- and brainscience buff, I am not sure how much I can physiologically support the acts of banging loose on each others heads. After all that is where the head quarter of the entire body is. However, I have deep deep respect for Cecilia and her sport. First of all, she is a great person, a fierce business woman and an amazing athlete. She is a pioneer and an entrepreneur to look up to. As I have become more familiar with the boxing sport I have come to understand that boxing is about hitting the “right way”. Taking the hits must be devastating and painful for sure, but you are for example not allowed to hit the back of the head of an opponent, the referee is following every movement closely and the opponents respects each other. I’m not saying it is safe, but I am not sure it is the most dangerous sport when you compare it to several other sports. Anyhow, Cecilia deserves every bit of success that she gets, because she is one hard working woman.
PS: If you go to to my Instagram story you can still see a lot of the action from Spektrum last night!
Meanwhile in Rio
At the same time on the other side of the world another Magnat Center athlete took a big win. Young tennis, star Casper Ruud, won the ATP500 in Rio de Janeiro! His biggest victory yet, and I am so proud of this kid. Casper manages to be extremely professional and serious about his sport, while keeping his playful and humble personality. He has evolved from a talented junior to a good sportsman since I first met him 3-4 years ago. Congrats to Casper, the Ruud family and everyone pitching in!
Every little thing
So much has happened this last week and it all culminated last night. I guess anti-climatic is the word I am looking for today. Being a part of bigger teams, whether it be my Greek skiing team or teams of professional athletes in huge international sports, is the best feeling – to be able to contribute a little something. Having athletic goals and competing myself helps me understand some of what our athletes are feeling, and how every small detail is important to their development and performance. With that in mind, I am going to need this weekend to myself to digest and process all the experiences and impressions I have gathered from last Sunday and until now. They are not few! Hopefully, I’ll be ready to attack the work and training week full on on Monday. Right now it is feet up and tv on, because as I you know: If you get tired. Learn to rest, not to quit.