Marathon race specialist Daniel Tynell (SWE) is chasing another Vasaloppet title. The 3-time Vasalopp champion (2002, 2006 and 2007) turns to new training methods in the pursuit of the laurel wreath in March, and kayaking is one of them.
“I was able to borrow a kayak this summer, and for someone like me who’s not particularly fond of water and don’t like accidental swimming, I notice that I was a bit more careful last summer, so maybe it’s something in the water this year that makes me feel safer in this tippy contraption. This year, I enjoy how the waves crash over the boat in the middle of the lake this summer,” Tynell writes on his home page.
The strong marathon skier also had a surprise visit during one of his recent roller ski workouts near his home in Grycksbo, Sweden.
“I met a real king of the ski trails on my workout. He was pushing like a freight train, I could literally feel how the pavement was shaking each time he planted his poles. The skier was Anders ‘Bersa’ Bergström, who had dusted the cob webs off his old ‘Roadline’ roller skis. Thank goodness he has retired and no longer competes…”
From www.langd.se, July 31, 2010. By Kjell Erik Kristiansen, translation by Inge Scheve
Inge is FasterSkier's international reporter, born and bred in Norway. A cross-country ski racer and mountain runner, she also dabbles on two wheels in the offseason. If it's steep and long, she loves it. Follow her on Twitter: @IngeScheve.