Sunday, 31 January 2010


I don't expect this blogging rate to continue past this week, but I felt I couldn't not share the pictures of today. Girls training day out in Bymarka forest, minus 15, blue skies, absolutely perfect. I managed the first of my goals this season - to get to Storheia (the highest point in Bymarka) on skis. In fact getting down was the worst part.

Thanks to Elin for being so patient when waiting for me. For more pictures see...

Monday, 25 January 2010

Bruksvallarna - mil etter mil etter mil!

This weekend I went with NTNUI orienteering to Sweden for a cross country skiing training camp in Bruksvallarna, Sweden. We stayed in lovely log cabins and skiied up and down the valley all day and all night. It was thankfully much flatter than Trondheim - sometimes there were warning signs for the "steep" hills which amused me given what I'm used to here.

On Saturday morning I went by myself at my own speed and went a bit over 25km in 2hr 45 mins. As my technique is so bad is was often up over 80% of my max heart rate, so a good hard tough session!

On Saturday evening I did 1 hour around the cabins with a head torch. That was quite easy skiing and good fun.

On Sunday I found someone who was just a little faster than me and we went together for 2 hr 30 mins. We probably did about 20km - there was a little more chatting!

So that made up my biggest training week so far this season - a bit over 15 hours. I slept well.

Saturday, 16 January 2010

Født med ski på beina!

My first ski session of the season went well! I only fell once - and there was a good reason for that - tricky little bit. It wasn't the best conditions, there wasn't a huge amount of excess snow around which is useful for beginners like me who might fall or need to snow plough alot. However, I was very proud of my 80 minute trip. My technique is less than good, I more run on skis than glide, but that makes it a very good training session. My heart rate is consistantly high, either through energy put in trying to climb the hills, or through adrenalin as i go down them.

Next weekend I'm off on a ski training camp in Bruksvallarna, just over the Swedish border with NTNUI. I'm looking forward to it after todays session was so fun. I am however dreading waking up tomorrow morning. Arms, back, stomach, thighs and calves are already complaining of the workload.