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. (more…)