Skiing Towards The 2018 Olympic Games

Archive for October, 2014

Back to the Grind

Getting back into the swing of things here in Sweden. Training is going well and lots of pretty intense sessions with the group at DSA. Just finished a big interval set this morning with a group of 25 athletes including some of the top Swedish World Cup skiers. Pretty motivating guys to be around but as you can imagine I’m not the strongest there so feeling like a beaten up old biscuit tin now! Basically just training, eating, sleeping and occasionally studying these past couple of weeks and feeling pretty good about it.

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Cal skiing with Calle Halfvarsson20141031_104541 (2)Me feeling pretty cooked after a solid session

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Helping Victor fix his English grammar 5 minutes before he needs to submit his assignment.20141030_200553 (2)Always cooking up a good feast to fill the hole!

20141030_122825 (2)Unfortunately our on-snow camp has been delayed a few days as it hasn’t been cold enough to make snow but now it’s dropped below zero we are looking at being on snow again by Thursday!!

 

 

 

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Burning through gear…

Just lately I’ve had a string of bad luck with breaking gear. Today I pushed straight through a pair of 5 month old (basically band new) roller skis warming up for a sprint. I like to think it’s due to too much power but they were probably going to break anyway… In the past six months I’ve broken 3 pairs of rollerskis, a roller ski gafle, 5 pole shafts, 2 skis and gone through 4 pairs of roller ski tips! It is getting hard to keep up with the demand that’s for sure!

Her’s some of the better work…

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Although sometimes some sacrifices have to be made to work the big jobs…. (Red Bull NordiX 2013)

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Big thanks to Salomon for keeping up with the demand for boots though, all set for the coming season here!!

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Hope the weather in Aus is good right now, plenty of rain here in Sweden!!

 


Plans for the season

After a pretty solid race season in Australia I have finally made it back to Sweden.

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I’ve been here for 2 weeks now. Back training with Dala Sports Academy and head coach Mattias Nilson. All is going pretty well so far with a lot of hard interval sessions and a few less hours. I also did a VO2 test, lost a tiny bit of weight and everything seems to be moving in the right direction.

Cal will arrive today which will be good and we plan on heading North to Bruksvallarna with DSA for an on snow training camp in just over a weeks time then another in Idre with Mora ski club all before the first race on the 21st of this month.

Here is a bit of a rough layout for the up coming race season:

Swedish Cup in Bruksvallarna, 21/22/23 Nov

Fis race in Idre Fjal, Sweden 29/30 Nov

World Cup in Lillehammer, Norway 5/6/7 Dec

World Cup in Davos, Switzerland 13/14 Dec

Tour De Ski World Cup, Germany/Switzerland 3rd Jan  –>

Continental cup in Falun, Sweden 9/10/11 Jan

World University Games in Slovakia 24th Jan –> 1st Feb

World Cup in Ostersund, Sweden 14/15 Feb

World Championships, Falun, Sweden 19th Feb –> 1st Mar

World Cup, Lahti, Finland 7/8 Mar

World Cup, Drammen 11 Mar

…Then I’ll be heading home sometime after this. This season I’m planning on being back home in Aus a lot earlier than last year to try and knock some of my Uni out of the way, fun times!!

Here’s some snaps from the Aus winter… (courtesy of the lads at Bring into Being)

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Me and Vali

Buller podium

Group shot

Horse riding