We have just finished the second training camp of the school year here in Geilo. I missed the first due to having a cold so it was my first real experience of a norwegian style training camp. Definitely a good experience although tiring.
monday was by far the funniest day of the camp. The morning started with the 3km uphill run test. I ran ok considering i haven't done much run training in the latter half of the summer. I finished 4th and posted a time just quick enough to make the top 5 all time list from xc skiers at ntg. Afterwards people said to me they thought i ran really well for being such a big guy. I really dont understand this attitude. Just because i am big it doesn't mean i cant win an uphill race. You just have to work a hell of a lot harder than everybody else.
After the run test the 3rd years had to cook lunch for everybody else. Lunch consisted of salad, bread and some mexican flavoured stew from a packet. Of coarse having 9 18 year old males in a kitchen together provided endless entertainment. Especially as one of the guys had a ned £1000 camera he was trying out, so after about 1000 photos of various people posing in similar "cat walk" poses finally the cooking a tidying up ended.
In the afternoon we headed out for a classic roller ski with some speed work.
On camps we always eat out evening meals at a Hotel called Bardola. Last camp the food was quite impressive although people got some kind of tummy bug from the food. This camp i was a little disappointed with the food. It wasn't as good as last time, and featured the "still alive" chicken leg.
After the evening meal most of us headed over to Holje's apartment. He had taken photos of the run test and also his camera was used for the modelling shots form lunch. He uploaded them onto his computed so we watched a slideshow of them all and laughed at each others crazy faces that we pulled during the run test. After the photos Holje introduced us to singstar. A computer game in which you have to sing into a microphone a long to a song. The computer some how judges you on how well you sing. The computer was blatantly broken as i am clearly not the worst singer.
Criteria to be a ski coach number 1: Must have a warped sense of time, distance and time taken to cover distance. (every single person who has ever coached me (all 10 of them) has always had a bad perception of distance, speed and time)
Tuesday was a true over distance day. In the end i did 1 training session 5 hours and 10 mins in length. The first 2 hours and 40min were spent running, on a route that Geir said should take no longer than 2 hours. After 1 hours we passed a sign saying we still had 18km to go. Eventually we got to the van, changed our shirts ate a little and set out on a ski. To be fair Geirs' perception of time was about right for the ski section, saying it would be no longer than 3 hours and i did in 2 hours 30. The skate roller skiing was really hard on the legs especially after such a long run. the last 50mins or so were basically all up hill and i just constantly felt tired and like a wanted to get home fast. Eventually the never ending hill ended and i arrived at the school at which i was greeted with (i think well deserved) cinnamon roll. I quickly demolished that, lay down on the ground for ten mins then staggered the 100m home and lay on floor until dinner time.
Another 100m (uphill) to Bardola was pure agony. But i brought my bike so the way home wasn't too bad.
Nothing eventful happened
Note to self - Norwegian "Stative" (word used to describe something in an obstacle coarse)
English equivalent is not State- ive. After long discussion google translate came into its element, Stative = Tripod. E.g do you wish to take a run over the different tripods on saturday?
Interval session 1 x 50min classic roller ski. No 2 phase allowed, minimal kicking. fy faan. (dont translate that if you dont know what it means).
The mass start approach to the interval session and the fact that we are all teenage males lead to a rather too fast first half of the interval for my self. We started the intervals at the far end of the valley that geilo is in. We then skied up the valley and onto the hardangavida plateau. The first half up the hill as i said i think i went just a little too hard, when we reached the flat section on the top i really struggled into the headwind. I was skiing with Fredrik at that point but somehow he seemed not to even notice the wind and glide off past me as if he was going down a steep downhill. I dropped back to the next person, erik, and skied behind him for what felt like 2 min but it actual fact was almost 20. He turned round after checking his watch and said 8 mins to go. I was shocked, fredrik had dropped me at 25 mins to go. I must have got caught in a dream or something. The tar changed from nice smooth fast tar to true scottish country road tar and made you wish you had suspension on roller skis. I battled on for the last 8mins and started to catch fredrik. In the end i finished equal distance in front of erik as i was behind fredrik. Quite pleased with the session. We are doing it again in a few weeks so we had to build a cairn beside the road so we can judge if we got further than this time.
today we did another long run, 2 hour 30min in length to finish of the camp.
A good camp and definitely a good combination of fun and hard work.
This afternoon myself and 2 other guys headed for a swim to relax and recover after the camp the sauna wasn't on though but still it was nice to do something different for a change.
I look forward to a few easy days before heading to Olso next week to stay with Erik for a few days as school is off from Tuesday until the following monday.
Thats all for now.
Photo is Erik leading the run test with me in red in the background.