The Seasons Toughest Camp – Track Gold Medalist Challenges Norweigan Sprint Team

FasterSkierOctober 1, 2007

The Norweigan Sprint Team recently gathered in Trondheim to undergo the season's toughest camp. One of the key workouts was a wickedly tough uphill workout under the supervision of 800 meter gold medalist Vebjœrn Rodal, who has been collaborating with the sprint team over the past few seasons.

The sprint national team is in a very difficult training period and the camp in Trondheim included a large number of challenging workouts. Under the instruction of Vebjœrn Rodal, the skiers performed 12 x 1 minute uphill repeats, and many of the participants are feeling the effects of the sustained load of the past weeks.

“We couldn't do a much harder training camp than this. That would be detrimental. This was probably the hardest camp we've done” said Rodal.

Rodal was actively involved – supervising several workouts with the team during the training camp. His primary focus is on spenst, speed, and anaerobic intervals.

“The new things we tried last year have been made more specific to skiing and to each individual. It is functioning very well and the skiers are starting to see benefit,” explained the Olympic champion from 1996.

Another workout that Rodal lead was a speed workout on the track, spikes included. In this area he has seen significant improvement:

“Everyone seems to be getting along very well after a hard week and I'm beginning to see big
improvement. We normally do the same workouts at each camp, at least when everyone is present.”

Rodal will be following the sprinters throughout the season, in addition to assisting at some races.

Also attending the camp was the development team, and the junior development team.


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