Johan Kjlstad felt like his form was so good after the recent stair workout he did in Livigno (site of a recent Norwegian Sprint national team camp) that he wants to try it prior to the DÃ¼sseldorf sprint.
â€œI’m planning to do some stair training on Friday. I’m doing this in order to get some spenst in the legs and because it worked well in Livigno,â€ says Johan Kjlstad to langrenn.com.
Kjlstad isn’t worried about getting stiff prior to Saturday’s competitions.
â€I have continually done the same type of workout since May, so it shouldn’t be a problem. However, I do plan to only do half the length compared to what I normally do. The hard period of the workout will be about 15 minutes in length, including the rest periods,â€ explains Kjlstad.
Last year Kjlstad opened with a 14th place, but is hoping to improve on that result this year.
â€œThis year I want to try something new that will hopefully work better. The goal is a place in the final. But it is still early and the competitions in DÃ¼sseldorf won’t predict how things will go in the rest of the season.â€
Close to the Edge
The challenge for the Norwegian will be to last through all the heats. Kjlstad describes himself as a typical sprinter, but this year he has trained more to increase his capacity. He has been quite happy with the previous two weeks’ altitude camp.
â€œWe were very disciplined and concentrated on keeping the intensity low. This was nice after the hard period just prior to the camp. I was a little close to the edge after a lot of hard training prior to this camp, but this was a conscious decision and something that I had planned for.
Together with Ã˜ystein Pettersen, he stayed at the back of the workouts in Livgno and in Val Senales.
â€œI wasn’t allowed to head up to the Glacier the day after we had testing, but the day afterwards I felt really good again. I’m hoping to get some of the altitude effect this weekend and the body feels good,â€ concludes Kjlstad.
Today the sprinters are getting on a plane heading to DÃ¼sseldorf after four days in the ski tunnel in Torsby. Saturday the World Cup is opening with the year’s first sprint competitions.