Today is a well appreciated rest day halfway through our camp with the Swedes and we’re all enjoying the time to relax and recover from a few big days of training in Salen, Sweden. The breakfast buffet, laundry, and some yoga are on the schedule for the morning and then this afternoon we will drive back to Torsby for the second half of our camp. Tunnel skiing again tomorrow morning!
The first part of the camp has been AWESOME! Our Swedish hosts have been wonderful and it has been lots of fun having new friends and training partners. A year ago I would never have imagined myself feeling comfortable enough to laugh and joke or run and ski alongside these girls, many of whom are my idols on the the World Cup circuit. The training has been tough and exciting. Every day has totaled between four and five hours and included a sprint race, intervals, double pole speeds, specific strength, and long runs in the mountains and bogs. The training plan for the week looked very complicated (partly because it was written in Swedish) but there hasn’t been anything noticeably crazy or different between their training and what I’m used to. Many of the workouts are exactly the same as what we do at home and these girls laugh and have just as much fun while training. It’s just hours and hours of hard work! Here are some pictures of the Salen portion of our camp.