The last report in this â€œtraining and racingâ€ series featuring my friend Gordon Lange and I was posted in November, following a great 50 kilometer ski tour into the West Yellowstone Park with Olympic Champion Thomas Alsgaard.
Here is a little report on mostly my training and preparation from that November workout up until the recent Masters Nationals in Marquette, Michigan.
The skiing in Utah has been stable and pretty good from November, however relatively short training -loops at each Nordic area has prevented us from (mentally) getting into doing long workouts. Our workout length is for that reason usually around 15 kilometer or roughly 1 hour depending upon whether we do intervals or distance. The average total for the week has dropped a little from this fall and is down to 8-9 hour per week. I have done only one workout longer than 1.45.
Gordon and my own work schedules are usually conflicting so the number of workouts together has been very limited. I usually get my workout in before lunch while Gordon is training sometime around 4 pm, when his Nordic combined team that he is coaching is out of school. I have for that reason done more training with John Aalberg than Gordon.
We have at the moment the most snow and the best skiing I have seen in Utah in more than 15 years. The length of the loops are now a little longer and the motivation a bit better — it also helps that â€œthe biggerâ€ races are soon coming up.
By the way we knew this fall that the skiing was going to be great at some point this winter — an old ancient saying tells the following tale:
â€œIt’s going to be a very tough winter when your neighbor’s dog climbs to the top of the roof in Septemberâ€.
Team Torbjorn Sport at the startline
My final race preparations included cutting out drinking beer for more than a month (I actually replaced beer with wine since that seems to work wonders for the Italians). I had further cut my ice cream consumption in half, got a haircut and trimmed my eyebrows. I had also found time to do a little extra stretching. I was very curious to see if these preparations were as good as my normal intervals, speed and pace preparation. The cards were dealt — nothing more I could do.
You might have seen from my previous Marquette reports that things went well for me: two firsts and two second places. Fourth fastest time among all age groups in two races. Sten Fjelheim was a little too good, so I’m of course curious to know if I could have been closer or beaten him if I had been able to do my usual peak plan? Heck, who knows — I’m only 47-year old and might get a chance at (beating) Sten 5 or 10 years from now!
I had lots of fun and enjoyed some great racing.