The Norwegian National championships part one are over, and what an amazing event they threw at Lygna ski arena last weekend! This is where everyone gets to show off their club racing suits, we see top athletes skiing along with (or rather past) not so top, but equally passionate about skiing, athletes. Juniors get to ski with the seniors in the relays and the championship is simply 4 fantastic days of celebrating cross-country skiing!
First of all:
My congratulation to our golden boys who took the GOLD on the men’s relay! Johan Tjelle, H.C Holund and Simen Hegstad Krüger honoured the club with their phenomenal skiing and took home the gold once again. We are all so proud of them!
I love fish, except for herringbone…
I skied the 10K individual start on Thursday and the last leg of the relay, a 5K skate, on Sunday. As a really late starter in my skiing career and working girl (sometimes up to 150%) I really can’t expect to be high up on the lists, and my goal is to always beat my” yesterday self”, which I did! It was two rounds in a HARD 5K and a lot of herringbone running was done. In hindsight, I realise that I should trusted my grip more and not jump out of the track so early. It is usually faster and more energy saving to stay in the tracks. Well, there is always next time. If you can learn something and improve something after every single race, then progress is right around the corner.
Relay 3 x 5K: Short and sweet!
5K is the distance that I have been skiing the most with a bib number so far this season. So when I was given the last 5K skate on the relay for LYN SKI 3, I was excited. My first relay nonetheless! The skate course at Lygna is so much fun since it is a fast and playful course. It is not steep or hilly, but there is no rest and no hockey in this one. After the exchange on the stadium I worked my way up to a small group of skiers in front of me and passed them after a little while, this was a huge motivation for me who usually ends up skiing alone or in sort of a vacuum. Skiing the relay was just super fun, with a great crowd cheering and I felt good the whole way. Just the feeling of doing something as a club and as a team is amazing. My coach of a husband was less enthusiastic about my technical performance though, but I still appreciate the feedback, and yes, there is a lot to work on! Better keep it up.
When normal feels good
Finally, my body is responding normally to training again, but I am still not back up on the threshold speed in running that I had before Christmas. Bah! Things obviously take time this time around, when the body has been broken down by illness over several weeks. However, I am so thankful and happy to just feel normal again! From here there is only one way and that is: UP! The NC in Greece and now the nationals in Norway have given me an enormous motivational boost after a hard couple of weeks of terrible shape. I have set some big goals for my future semi-professional athletic career that involve both skiing and running. First up FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2017 i Lahti, Finland! I’ll tell you about that tomorrow!