Evaluation, discussio and making of plans: That is what spring is for.
I know many skiers have mentally finished the season and are just going to power through the upcoming national championship 2.0 at Gålå this weekend, and then hit the banquet full on. My plans were different, I had two goals for the season: 1.) Lahti, which I can sort for check of my list and even though I didn’t go all the way. I know that what I learned there have already made me all the wiser and better. 2.) Ski as well as I could in the second part of the national championship. I know that with illness and little training I am not close to be able to ski a 30K the way I had planned, and even though I argued for going up to ski the 5K skate, my coach put his foot down.
He knows me all to well and knows I’d just be miserable to be there and not ski as planned and then regretting going in the first place. Oh well, there is always next year. Thinking about that makes me feel so uplifted and motivated! While being sick I have had time to think and started laying plans for the next two years, because I have NO immediate plans of stopping this journey quite yet. Not until I am bored with it, anyway, and who knows when that will be.
So there you have it: I am taking my coach’s advice and ending my 16/17 ski season. Even if no competition specific goal was accomplished, I am a better skier in so many ways and I know exactly what to do to become even better! Eirik and I just finished of what was a bit if an emotional evaluation of the season, and, as it often is with us, we had a couple of rounds of discussions (me: challenging him, him: challenging me back, me: tries crying to get my way, him: starts to give in to my plan, me: getting over myself and finally agreeing with him, him: he knew this would happen…he won the discussion..we won) before finally agreeing on a strategy.
I’m not sure Eirik travels that much more than before, but where we traveled together before, we now go different places a lot of the time. Therefore I feel that it is especially important to have a plan that we worked out together. A plan that I trust and believe in.
Season 17/18 bring it on!