The last couple of weeks has been all about getting snow under my feet. First a couple of days at Beitostølen with Kollenhopp, then four days at Sjusjøen with Lyn ski and now four days in Lillehammer with Swiss-Ski. Its always great when you can replace rollerskis with real skis.
The first day in Lillehammer started great. I got some early christmas presents from Uvex.
The first xc-session was really nice. We started out from Nordseter in -13 C, but when the sun came up it got a lot better. The conditions was pretty good until we got to Pellestova. From there we went back with a detour in direction Sjusjøen.
The skijumping hill is not ready yet. Which is unfortunate, but they are producing snow around the clock so hopefully we will get to do some jumping this weekend.
Det er mange som kritiserer kombinert for å være en idrett for de som hverken kan hoppe eller gå fort på ski. Til det har jeg lyst til å sitere Amundsen i “IDRÆTSBOKEN”: “
VII. HOVEDPRØVEN I SKIIDRÆT
Det kombinerte rend.
Herigjenom er vi naad frem til at kunne trække en slutning i de store principspørsmaal, til en avklaret opfatning av det ideelle og hovedsaklige og av de krav som blør stilles ved utøvelsen av denne vor høit staaende idræt. Et av de fremste krav er alsidighet.
I overensstemmelse hermed er hovedprogrammet for vore skikonkurranser modnet og formet, som forlanger avlagt en prøve i baade langrend og hoprend. […]“
(K. Vilh. Amundsen, Idrætsboken bind III: Skiløpning, skøiteløpning og is-hockey, 1923)
Kombinert er altså idretten som kårer den beste skiløperen. I motsetning til skihopping og langrenn som “bare” kårer den beste skihopperen og -langrennsløperen.
Now we are heading into the final and most intensive period of training before the season kicks off at the end of November. Looking back on the last couple years, which I have spent travelling back ond forth between trainingcamps and competitions almost constantly, has made me want to reduce the travelling this year. That decision was made so I can train with better quality over longer periods of time without all the interruptions and readjustments that come along with travelling.
Part of this plan included relocating to Einsiedeln in Switzerland before the season kicks off. So, as of 11th September I have been living in Einsiedeln and will stay here throughout the season. Training with the team on a daily basis makes the intensive pre-season period a lot more fun and I will have a better idea where I stand compared to my competitors.
The upcoming week we will be jumping in Oberstdorf before our national championships at the weekend. This will also be my first week jumping with the new suits, which will be interesting.
A couple of impressions from my first few weeks living in Einsiedeln: