Trond Iversen (Norway), second in last season’s sprint World Cup has decided to race for at least three more seasons. The 31-year old wants to fight in the sprint-top toward the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. More interval training is on the agenda.
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His sponsors have committed to support him all the way through 2010, and everything is now up to Trond.
– The package is there. I need to keep the steam up. It’s very easy to keep going as long as I have good results. I have to re-evaluate if I have a bad season, but I’m not thinking about that now, says Iversen.
And the goal for the season is clear.
– It’s only one reasonable goal this year. I was second overall in the sprint cup last season and trying to take over the sprint throne from Jens Arne Svartedal is then a reasonable goal, says Iversen.
Iversen struggled with illness after the season. Bronchitis and airway infections put him on the sideline for a period, but he is now training well again. He feels that his June training was almost optimal.
– I wasn’t able to do the sprint team’s camp in Sandefjord due to a small cold after the sprint race in Krager. But I will do a training week similar to the one they did at the camp. I will do many hard workouts during five to six days.
Iversen was much stronger in this year’s Krager race compared to last season. He made fundamental changes in his training last winter and feels like has good control over what type of training his body responds the best to.
– I’m doing more pure interval sessions than in the past. It’s no secret what’s needed, the key is to find the right balance. I feel that I have good control. Its strength in knowing how last year’s training worked on me and what was lacking. But the most important is of course to stay healthy, says Trond Iversen.
He is only gunning for sprint races in the future, but will still race a few regular races as well.
– I have a bet with Tord for the Beitostlen races. He wants to race the sprint race and beat me, while I want to ski the distance event and beat him. It’s mostly for fun. We don’t know what the award will be yet, says Trond Iversen.