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It's been some time since I updated this site, and now the season is sadly almost over for us - allredy.
Here is a short update of the season so far.
After struggling with a bad neck and shoulder since November, the season has not been what we had hoped. Missing a lot of training, both for me and Skurk, this season has been hard. It didn't help that races got cancelled and/or moved till weekends I'm working. But we'll be back!
First competition of the season was at Maura stadion the second weekend of January. The race wetn okay, but felt that the shape was not quite there. A 6th place, and too long behind the winner was the result. The next day we competed in couples relay with Silje Knox and Ellinor, but a narrow course and many teams made me maybe more careful than I should have been and we lost many places on our 1.leg. Silje and Ellinor did better on their leg, and got us up on the result list :-)
Several cancelled races later, the next one was the Norwegian championship in 1-4dog pulka. Something was not right with Skurk the last trainings before the race, and I felt it as well during the race. He was missing punch, and I have still not figured out why. I think maybe both him and I need a body check to get us back to "normal"...
But even though Skurk didn't have a great day at work, Ellinor did good and I felt okay, and we managed to get a 5th place.
And that's the competitions we have been able to race this season. Can't remember a season I have competed less than this, even not the terrible 2011-season.
Thankfully there has been enough other things going on. We have had a camera-team from Salomon here for some days, filming and shooting pictures of us. The result will come out next winter :-)
And now in February I have had a lot to do working for the Lillehammer 2016 organization (Youth Olympic Games), meeting and working with a lot of amazing people!
New shoes and pedals from Shimano
Beautiful blue shoes and the SPD-25years pedals - I'm going to be a real "Smurfette" next season!
Study trip to Lausanne and Brussels
Studying for a bachelor in Sport Management gives a lot of interesting opportunities, like visting the IOC in Lausanne and the Chocolate Museum in Brussels (not so study relevant I guess...). Incredibly inspiring and great to meet so many inspowering people ;-) We had a very good day at the IOC Learning about the Olympic spirit, Youth Olympics, Cultural programme, Social media in the IOC and Agenda 2020. We visited the Olympic museum, the AISTS master program and Olympic Library and Learning center.
In Brussels we visited the EU Parliament, the Norwegian EU delegation and (most exciting) Burson Marsteller - an international PR-firm working on Olympic-bidding processes.
Great week with great people in beautiful cities :-)
Drammen Grand Prix
It was action and a lot of fun at this year's Drammen Grand Prix, as always. Skurk did a great job, first getting us to the final and then putting us in the fight for the win in the final. Very close race with photo finish and only centimeters separating 1-3rd at the finish line. Very happy with our 3rd Place :D
Pluto competed in the "Miljøklasse", 9 years after his debut here at Drammen Travbane. Very satisfied super-veteran!
Summer is here, and we've had some weeks off from work, living in Larvik and training. Frednes, my family's summer home in Viksfjord, Larvik, is perfect for summer training. Here we can run, rollerski, cycle, swim, padle kayak and sail more or less from the doorstep. This is where we do the ground work for next season:)
We haven't had too much sun and +degrees, but there is still some weeks left of the summer - crossing our fingers!
We (I) are now on instagram, follow "us" on @karolineconradi for more frequent updates.
Happy easter everyone!
The Birken relay
I've had better days competing, that's for sure!
As earlier mentioned some friends and I challenged the IOC, NIF and LYOGOC to the Birken relay, and all of them accepted the challenge. Now the day was here to show them we really meant "Go behind".
1,5 week working and 1,5 week sick was not the ultimate preparation for a 12km classic leg included 8km uphill. I guess it could have been a little easier if I would had any grip at all. But no, not this time. When that is said, I look back at it with some kind of joy. Would I do it again?! Apparently I will next year - NIF wants a rematch.
But it is a fun way to challenge friends, and it is a great event combined with beautiful nature and good tracks. We were a little unfortunate with the weather this day, usually when it is +2 degrees and raining I don't run to find my classic skis - I skate! But it was all in all a fun experience that I will recommend to everyone. And hopefully we'll get sun and blue sky next year.
Even though my leg didn't go so well, the team did great. Not only did we get 5th place overall in the mixed class (with more than 100 teams), but most importantly - we beat both the IOC, NIF and all three LYOGOC teams! Wohoo!
And in the evening we had a great banquet with all the participants from the six teams, plus some more people from LYOGOC.
Thanks to my team for a great relay, and thanks to everyone for a great evening.
World Championship in Bernau, Germany
We are back in Norway after a disappointing championship for us.
I made the decision not to compete in the skijoring class on Friday, to be better prepared for the Saturday's combined where we had a better chance of a good race, and I'm 100% sure it was the right decision. But we were not so lucky with the drawing of start numbers, so I had to start in second line in the combined masstart.
On Saturday things didn't go as planned already from the morning off, preparations took more time than they should and I couldn't keep my schedule. The start went okay, especially considering I stood a little further back than I should, we had no problems and got off okay. In the first steep uphill we were behind some competitors who got a complete stop, and there was no way for us to pass them and go as we wanted to. The leading group got a lot of meters on us in this hill, but after getting going again we started catching up. Unfortunately I fell hard in a downhill, the line unhooked and Skurk ran off after the others. I had to skate the last km to pit-stop without him, and lost 4 places and contact with the leading group. At the pit-stop area some functionares held Skurk and sent me off in to my pit. I continued the race knowing we had no chance for a good placing, and finished at a disppointing 10th place.
Apart from the race, we had a great trip, my dad, Pluto, Skurk and I. Norway did great, taking several medals. And I think it is extra fun with my friend Cajsa Grape who took two bronze medals :) and Solveig Aaseby who took the gold in the combined.
Not to forget, always fun to meet up ith all the great mushers from around the world!
Congratulations to all the medal winners! And thanks to everyone for a great time in the beautiful Schwarzwald area:)
Challenging the IOC, NIF and LYOGOC to Birken relay
As mentioned before, some classmates and I organize the YOG-jogg (a training alternative for people in the Lillehammer-region). And now we have challenged the IOC, NIF (the Norwegian Sports federation) and LYOGOC (the Lillehammer Youth Olympic Games Organizing Committee) to the Birkebeiner relay. All accepted the challenge, and after the WCh I'll have to start training classic skiing!
We warned LYOGOC they will have to change their slogan "Go beyond, create tomorrow" to "Go behind, forget tomorrow". The 20th of March we'll have the answer!
Pictures underneath: 1. Antoine Goetschy and I armwrestling as Team leaders of the IOC and the Sport Management team
2. Anikken Alnæs, Nawal El Moutawakel (first muslim woman to win Olympic gold), Bjørn Dæhlie, me and Eirik Øwre.
3. From left: Bjørn Dæhlie, Thomas Holmstad, Antoine, Inge Andersen, Anders Lindstad, Eirik, me and Anikken.
Silver and bronze in Norwegian championship!
This weekend it was the Norwegian championship in 15km combined and 10km pulka, at Savalen near Tynset.
With the storm "Ole" visiting on the 15km combined on Saturday, it was a heavy competition with a lot of snow and wind. All in all a lot of weather! We started of good, and held the lead for most of the first 7,5km with pulka. We were first out of the pit-stop, but was quickly passed by Eira and Solveig Aaseby. We had no chance keeping their speed in the skijoring. After going with Julie Thue Holthe in the first km off the skijoring, we went in some long uphills and kept the 3rd place with good margins for the rest of the race. Very happy to take a medal on a distance were I didn't think we would be able to compete for podium.Skurk did a great job this day, showing off his strong head by taking the lead for so long without wondering about the others. My dear little "bucket" :)
I have never been as tired as I was at the finishline this day, couldn't open my eyes for a while and for sure not stand on my feet for some minutes! Feels good knowing we did what we could, and that we fought for our medal.
Sunday was a heavy day with better tracks and better weather. But after the hard race the day before and little sleep during the night, my body was tired and Skurk seemed a little bit off. Very satisfied that we still managed a silver medal, then taking a medal on every NM-distance this season :)
Skijoring in Trysil
Saturday was the first qualification race for the World Championship this winter, 15km in the tracks in Trysil.
I knew this was not our discipline, and the result agreed with me - unfortunately.
It was an okay race, but far from our best. Hope to do better in next weekends Norwegian Championship at Savalen, 15km combined and 10km pulka.
Photo: Lena B. Hillestad Photo: Joh Einar Solhaug/ Hundekjørerlandslaget
Silver in the Norwegian Championship!!!
Little did I know, standing at the starting line, that we would take a medal in this Norwegian championship!
I raced with Skurk and Ellinor at this 15km pulka with 1-4 dogs. The first 7km it felt almost like flying,they went so well and worked hard. Had a little trouble getting them to continue the high speed after catching up Tonje and her team, and lost a lot of time the last km. But I am extremely surprised and satisfied with finishing second and taking the silver medal!!!!
Whatever happens the rest of the season will be a bonus. For me these first races have allready exceeded my expectations and given me the motivation I needed to keep on for next season.
Photos: Svein Øksnevad