New photo mini-series: I grew up in a small sleepy town called Langesund, on the coast of Telemark, Norway. The population is roughly 3000 and I’m currently â€œback in the old countryâ€ on summer vacation for three weeks. Not much is putting this place on the nation’s map or in the headlines except the music scene. A few years ago, Bob Dylan performed a half a kilometer from my parent’s house and a few weeks ago, Elton John did the same — with 15,000 spectators eagerly watching. I heard tickets went in minutes — and I wish I had been part of the festivities.
Most of FasterSkier.com’s readers might associate Norway with snow and ski racing and less with what happens when the weather gets warm — sun-bathing, (including topless sun-bathingâ€”sorry but our FasterSkier.com regulations preclude me from posting those ), ocean swimming and training in shorts and t-shirts. We just arrived to find the weather turning from coolish and rainy to sunny and beautiful. The Tour de France is on every day beginning at noon and that is quite a treat to watch. They show it from beginning to end — commercial free! And here is another piece of trivia about Norway that you can add to your knowledge base: Norwegians invented both the cheese-cutter and the paper-clip. It pays off reading Fasterskier.com!
Following a week of sunny and warm days, the ocean temperature in this part of Norway can warm up to a pleasant 23-24 degrees Celsius which is perfect for swimming. But, it can drop rather quickly to a â€œshrinkage inducingâ€ 15-16 degrees following a few days of rain (which is not unusual).
This mini-series of photos will be of some of the workouts I am doing while on vacation.. The first ones are from recreational kayaking with my 12 year-old daughter today. We were out in our inflatable kayaks for a couple of hours simply enjoying the waves, looking at sea birds, star and jellyfish and enjoying the scenery. Not much can be more relaxing than this.