View from our hotel room in the morning ;)
Every autumn the Norwegian junior national team hold a training camp were each of the ski gymnas send their best athletes. This year each gymnas sent 3 athletes and there were some more selected from last seasons results. In total 32 athletes. I was lucky enough to go as one of the NTG geilo athletes.
We were treated to possibly the best ever accommodation i have stayed in as an athlete. www.kragerospa.no It was a brilliant hotel with amazing spa facilities which we could use and our rooms with a nice view out over the sea. Anyway we weren't there for a good time we were there for training. The training was really good. It didnt differ much at all from what we have trained here in Geilo and not that much from how we train in the British team. Which is good to know we train just like the best train. There were 3 hard sessions planned for the camp, elghufs intervals, classic sprint race and an 11.5km skate test race. I did ok on the hard sessions, on the elghufs i couldnt keep with the front pace but i settled in nicely to the chase group. I had a rough day on the classic sprint intervals where i struggled in the head to head situation but still finished 7th in the prologue (the prologue is individual). In the test race i had an ok race and ended up being almost the "best of the rest". The race was won by 20 seconds then from 2nd place to 3rd a further 30seconds. So i finished 50 seconds down on the winner.
The hard sessions were good, but there were also many easy sessions. We used a nice road along the coast, that reminded me of some roads along the west coast in scotland, for our long rollerski sessions. And there was a forrest the other side of the resort area were we could go running. It was a perfect training environment.
The apartment i stayed in had 5 people in it.... 3 from here NTG Geilo and 2 guys from NTG Lillehammer. Over the coarse of 5 days i realized that each of the guys had there own "specially" ability. Markus - the uncanny ability to make any neat and tidy room a complete bomb site after being in it for 5 mins.
Ola Gunner - the only person i know who can spend over £5 on pik & mix claiming he "spent a lot of calories today"
Fredrik - can memorize the tune to any song and magically hum it randomly at any moment.
Petter - the limpet! In the test race he started in front of me, i caught him after a few km's but he just stuck behind me like a limpet and attached me at the end.
All together a fun few days with a great training atmosphere and a great experience.