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Tuesday it was clear that there will be a qualification race for the upcoming World Championship in Canada in January 2017, which means a possibility for Team Racedogs to qualify!
With that in mind, and some more exciting news to come, we decided to go full in!
Same night I ordered tickets to fly to Norway for two days to train Skurk and Marley, and to get some ski training on snow myself. Marley got her first trainings with pulka, and I was happy to see how easily she managed. Now we just have to get her used to people and other dogs being in the tracks.
Skurk has been in rehabilitation for some months because of an injured shoulder, but after his first trainings with pulka this weekend I haven't been able to see any signs of the injury - so crossing our fingers!
The french life continues here in beautiful Annecy, and it really starts feeling like home :-)
Skurk has been battling an inflamation in his shoulder, but is now in rehabilitation and doing well.
Even though the school days are quite different here than in Norway, meaning there I go to school a couple times a week for some hours and here it is almost every day from 8:15-17:15 (!!), I find some time to explore the amazing surroundings I live in. I found some perfect areas for training both running and cycling, and some nice roads for rollerskiing.
Last week I went back to Norway for some days to see my favorite, Skurk :-) I got to take him to two of his sessions with his physiotherapist Katja Petrell, be there when he started training on the water treadmill, and go running with him and chaines at home in Lillehammer.
This fall I am trying something new, I am doing an exchange program and moving to Annecy in France for 4 months!
I will be studying international business and communication here in Annecy, and try for first time in maaaany years to live without a car - and worse; without dogs!
So far I am surviving well ;) Even though I really miss my little boy! But Skurk is being taken good care of by my parents, very thankfull for that.
This year's summer holiday was mostly spent at home in Lismarka, in Oslo, at the summer house in Viksfjord or at work in Trysil.
When it comes to training there has been some difficulties because of the injury in my neck, but I got some good quality training - just not the hours I hoped. Skurk has been swimming a lot, and pulling chaines.
I got to spend two great weeks working at Trysil summer ski camp young skiiers, many talented kids and an awesome trainer crew :-D
Suddenly it was time for my number one to leave us for some place better.
A little more than 12 years ago my brother came home one weekend with a nervous wreck of an 8 month old pup. We found each other, and 7 months later he was mine. I am so grateful for every year we got to spend together, and for all the memories we have shared. You were my number one and no one will ever take that place from you.
See you again my love!
Skurk celebrated his 4year birthday with his team and family training at Skeikampen :-)
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!
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!