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Archive for September, 2008

Sommer NM

Sunday, September 21st, 2008

Today I finished the last race of the summer championships or “Sommer NM.” All has gone smoothly this weekend and I must say that the races here were quite competitive and well attended. The total number of participants was roughly 300. In my category, the senior men, there were only about 40, so most of the participants were in the younger age classes between 17 and 20. Even though the competitions started on Saturday, preparations started over a week ago. I also had some classes and assignments to turn in, but I pushed my focus on school to start after the races.

Preparations started last weekend when coach Torgersen asked me to produce a training plan for the week prior to the national competition. The Norwegian training philosophy before important races is that everyone has a different individual recipe for being in top physical form. Therefore, everyone had their own “training recipe” prior to these big races. Me, on the other hand, had no idea of what to do so I looked through my old training diaries (finally putting them to some good use!) and put together a plan for the week. I knew it probably wasn’t going to be perfect the first time around, but at least it’s a starting place to learn from. Anyway, I felt that my training the week before the championships was well thought out and had some benefits.

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Samling i Vik

Friday, September 12th, 2008

The training camp in Vik was simply amazing. I think this was one of the nicest biathlon venues I’ve ever been to. Unfortunately, I was still a bit under the weather when the camp started so I had to be careful to not exert myself too much right away. It took 5 hours of travel west of Lillehammer to get to Vik. The route took us through some amazing valleys. I’ll let the pictures I posted of the drive speak for themselves. I found it ironic that the Norwegians I was riding with had some road rage at all the tourists who were driving slowly to take in the views. In the meantime, I was a tourist myself taking pictures out the windows.

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Camping i Lom

Friday, September 12th, 2008

Oh my, where to begin. So much has happened the last few weeks that it’ll be hard to put everything in… I might have to make a couple posts. I guess that’s what happens if I don’t post for a couple weeks. Anyway, two weeks ago I got to go camping with all the international students from Gjøvik and Lillehammer. All of us got on a bus on a Friday afternoon and drove to a camping park near Besseggen, which is in the high mountains to the west (about 3 hours driving from Lillehammer).

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