Swede Anders Sodergren has had a successful training season this year. He has trained well and been free of injuries and sickness. If that continues, he’ll be one of Sweden’s biggest medal hopes in the Turin Olympics in February.
– I felt very good at the end of the last altitude camp in Val Senales, Italy, especially in the distance workouts. I struggled a little at the beginning, says Anders Sodergren He is now more confident and comfortable in his preparations than ever.
All the weeks at altitude has given him the desired progress.
– I have trained more this summer and fall from May to November than ever before. That’s an important factor in being able to stay in shape the whole season and peak when needed, says Sodergren.
The new national team coach Inge Bratens Norwegian model with more altitude camps is something Sodergren welcomes.
– It’s a must when you have a championship at altitude. It has worked well for me and my body has responded well to this (increased number of training days at altitude). It feels after six to seven days almost like training at home (at sea-level), says Sodergren.
He trained about 50 hours in two weeks at the last camp and is now planning on racing all the main competitions before Christmas. The Turin Olympics will be the first altitude championship for Anders Sodergren. He was sick last time, but is now very optimistic. — I’m very motivated and really looking forward to competing, says Sodergren.
He has this to say about some of his teammates:
– Fredriksson is coming along well and that’s great. Johan Olsson has trained very well. He made great progress last season and I hope to see that he does that again this year. Mats Larsson has talent and will step up if he stays healthy and injury free.