We just finished up our pre World Champs training camp in Davos and as always life at the Kulm didn’t disappoint. We spent the past 10 days getting in some great skiing in some snowy conditions and enjoy a short break from World Cup racing.
Everyone’s approach to a pre championship training camp is a little bit different, for me I spent the first few days working on some easy distance training while adjusting to the altitude. It’s funny how even just a few days of logging some increased hours of distance training during the middle of a busy season can help boost your fitness.
After a few longer days of training I switched over to working on some hard intensity. Each athlete has their won individual formula for a successful peak leading up to World Camps. For me it was time to focus on some hard intervals getting in a few Vo2max style sessions and going to the gym frequently to work on some explosive strength. Since injuring my neck in Otepaa I’ve had a hard time working on fast speed and intervals and was frustrated with trying to race with a sore neck in Russia. It was perfect to be able to get PT work done every day while in Davos and get rid of the neck pain so I could get the most out of these hard intervals. I’m happy to say that everything has come around and this is the best I’ve felt all season.
Because of the busy training schedule the days just flew by… after a solid week of building up it was time to cut back the training again and begin a taper. It felt like it snowed almost every day during our time in Switzerland which made for some powdery training sessions but the grooming in Davos is epic so I seemed to work out. We spent most of our harder training days ripping around the race trails which are primarily cold and in the shade. but it was awesome to venture out on some tours up some of the valleys when we didn’t have intervals on the schedule.
skiing selfie. Thinking about starting a new style of wearing the drink belt in front.
Once we start to cut back our training everyone on the team had a little bit more free time on our hands so it became a priority to make it out of the Kulm every once and a while and hit the town. As aways we had a few great visits to the local coffee shops and even got hooked up by our local buddies with some free tickets to the Davos Vs. Zurich hockey game. It’s a fairly small arena but the fans make up for it and there is a seriously rowdy group of local HCD fans that are singing and yelling the entire time.
When we got there the arena was packed so I’m not sure how we score some sweet spots close to the ice.. I think Erik was just ducking past security as usual.
We even made it out of the hotel for dinner one night. It’s always tough to miss out on the amazing Kulm food but it was rad to hang out with our local friends at their apparent and cook up some Mexican. We also introduced them to the excitements of watching US skiing thanks to the new live feed from Faster skier. It was actually really cool and we had a blast cheering on everyone racing in the US. I was obviously glued to the TV watching Erika race!
Who ever though we’d be watching super tours on a big screen??
Having just arrived in Sweden yesterday my pre Words taper is in full effect and we are getting fired up to race the world cup here in Ostersund before driving over to Falun for the Championships. I’ve never races here in Ostersund since it’s been a long time since the nordic world cup was here but from looking at the courses it’s going to be awesome. The sprint course especially is super cool and the trail actually goes up the stands next to the spectators. I think it’s going to definitely be something worth checking out on TV. I think it will be pretty fun to race here this weekend and just having 4 days in between the race here and the Worlds Sprint things will be happening quickly. Sweden has always been one of my favorite countries to race in so I’m looking forward to lighting it up!
The Stadium in Ostersund Sweden