OLD NEWS >> January 2004
The first race of the year and first victory! Last Saturday I took part
in Stockholm Winter Adventure
Race - together with one of the guys from my team - Johan Andersson.
We won the race (mix class) with a great margin - about 40 minutes - but
it was not that clear after the first leg which was 22km skating and a
few kilometers running. I had big problems with my skating technique,
pain in my back and bad quality of the ice. However, we managed to improve
our position during the MTB and orienteering sections and overtook also
quite many men-teams. The race was challenging not only physically but
it was also quite decisive to choose the right route choices, especially
at the MTB-section. Our total time was 5 hours, 54 minutes which was much
longer than we expected. Both I and Johan probably didn't eat and drink
enough during the race and had some problems with cramps at the end. Anyway,
I was great to compete again and I enjoyed it a lot.
2004-01-21 Last weekend I went to Sälen for a traning camp with my orienteering club (Sälen is located in the nearest mountains, about 2,5 hours driving from Borlänge and it is the starting point of the famous cross-country skiing race Vasaloppet). It was my first proper cross-country skiing training this winter. The conditions were great apart from the fact that the temperature was a bit low. However, this winter I am used to freezing and the cold is not any big problem anymore. Photos from the training camp (on the site of my orienteering club).
I try to take it easy with my training this week, partly because of the race on Saturday 24/1 (SWAR) and also because I feel tired after a lot of training during the last 3 weeks. I also work quite much - at few different primary schools, meeting new pupils, teaching new subjects.... It is quite a challenge for me as well and I learn more than I ever learnt during my studies. But to combine such a job with being en elite sportsman/woman is probably nothing to recommend.
Less than 3 weeks left to our departure to Chile (9/2)! I have been watching some movie clips on Internet and a short documentary on TV about Patagonia and feel pretty excited about the whole race.
How to prepare for the Patagonia
Expedition Race in the best way is a question I have been asking myself
and others during the last few weeks. Here are some exemples of what I
have been doing:
Next week (2004-01-24) I will particpate in a short race called Stockholm Winter Adventure Race (SWAR). Ca 60 km totally. The disciplines are ice-skating, orienteering and MTB. I will compete in the mix class together with Johan Andersson from our Team Silva.
If you understand Swedish and want to laugh a bit, read my story from One-eleven (111km-long-inline-race) which I participated in 2002 in Switzerland. I wrote the story for the site of our skating club Stora Tuna IK Skridsko and therefore it is in Swedish.
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