Today was our second day in the Torsby Ski Tunnel in Sweden and I’m not sick of it yet! The tunnel is a 1.3km loop which you ski in one direction, then turn and ski it in the other direction, and the entire thing probably takes about 10 minutes. I expected it to be quite boring but it has been really fun so far. It’s easy to pass time when you’re catching up with teammates whom you haven’t seen in several months and listening to the pop music which plays throughout the tunnel. The skiing is also really nice. The snow is manmade and groomed almost every day but only changed once annually. It almost has the consistency of sand which sounds weird but its actually very fast and a welcomed change from the resistance of rollerski wheels.
There is great terrain with some fast corners and transitions, a couple steeper climbs and several gradual sections. The tunnel is refrigerated to -3 degrees Celsius and feels cold and humid especially when you first transition from the summertime weather outside. I underdressed the first day because it felt absurd to bundle when the weather was so nice outside. Yesterday afternoon we did a combo workout where we started skiing in long underwear, hats, and buffs, and finished with a run in shorts and sports bras.
Right now our US women’s team is staying in Sunne (we like to pronounce it Sunny), Sweden which is 35km from Torsby. When we are not skiing we’ve passed the time watching the Olympics, enjoying picnic lunches and other great Scandinavian food (Brown cheese, fish paste, fresh bread, smoked salmon, berries), and kicking the jetlag before our joint camp with the Swedish National team. After a ski tomorrow morning we will drive a couple hours north to Salen and the camp gets going tomorrow evening!