Marit Bjorgen: I Felt Sluggish
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Marit Bjorgen crushed the competition and won Friday’s Norwegian sprint opener in a dominating way. She could feel that effort in Saturday’s 10 kilometer skate race. Her legs felt heavy and her body sluggish.
â€œIt was not my kind of conditions todayâ€
She was not super excited when she woke up on Saturday morning to 10 centimeter of new-fallen snow.
â€œI was hard today. I could feel yesterday’s race and felt heavy the whole wayâ€.
Bjorgen still ended up in second place only beaten by World Championship medalist Hilde G. Pedersen. That’s promising for Bjorgen’s upcoming World Cup races.
â€œI feel like I’m in good shape and I’m satisfied that I still beat Kristin Stormer Steira today.
Bjorgen was skiing even with Pedersen for a while, but was not able to keep up with Pedersen’s pace on the second lap. It’s not surprising that the sprint World Champion is struggling a little in the longer skate races. She believes she will do better in sprint, duathlon and classic. She did not view Saturday’s skate race as World Class.
â€˜Hilde’s race might have been good enough for a top 6 result. I might have placed around 15th place (in a World Cup)â€.
Â Bjorgen had decided to do all three races this weekend and the take a few rest days ahead of next weekend’s World Cup. She is hoping for a better feeling next weekend. She thinks that she has improved in regular events this year.
â€œI’m feeling stronger than in the pastâ€.