University of Utah skier Barbro Hatlevik (22) from Vagstranda near Andalsnes, Norway is doing daily workouts this Christmas at the Olympic trails at Soldier Hollow, Utah in her preparations for the upcoming college ski season and the US National Championship that starts January 3.
Vagstranda? I’m sorry, I’m from Norway, but where in Norway is THAT?
Right next to Andalsnes!
OK, well tell us about being a Norwegian college skier at the University of Utah?
– This is my third season. I had planned to only stay for one year, but enjoyed the team, the training and the school so much that I’m still here. I’m studying psychology and might even stay one more year to finish up my degree. The training is good and we alternate most of the ski training between the Soldier Hollow Olympic trails, Park City Golf Course and Mountain Dell (where Bjorn Daehlie won his first ever World Cup race in 1989) golf course only 15 minutes from campus.
How are your racing results?
– I still haven’t raced this season. I was sick for almost two weeks and missed the recent Continental Cup races held here at Soldier Hollow. I got a chance to ski in the U-23 Worlds last year and my best there was a 12th in the duathlon. At the NCAA college championship I was 3rd in the skate race but missed in the classic and placed 22.
What’s the training philosophy used at the college?
– We are training between 10-16 hours per week. We got a new (assistant) coach this year, former World Cup skier Stephan Kunz of Lichtenstein. He placed 6th overall one year in the World Cup and has incorporated many, for me new training ideas. I’m feeling good and am excited to see how I’ll do.
What are the new ideas?
– Longer interval than what I’m used to like 6 to 15 minutes and strength intervals on skis and rollerskis. We do lactate control in many of these sessions and lactate of 3-5 is often what we aim for. Strength intervals can be for example 3 x 12 minutes of V2 skiing in the uphills here at Soldier Hollow. It looks pretty slow when we aim for lactates of 3-5, but I can surely feel it especially in my stomach muscles afterwards! I was supposed to do 3 x 12 minutes today, but didn’t feel that great and stopped after two of them.