WEEK 50 (Thursday December 15, 2011)
HOME FOR CHRISTMAS
Some very well executed weeks of training here in the warmth are coming to an end, and we’re preparing for our return home. It’s going to be a cold transition coming home again, but still a very enjoyable and much longed for Christmas celebration with our family.
WEEK 46 (Sunday November 20, 2011)
WINTER TRAINING IN SUMMER WEATHER
Snow and icy temperatures have been replaced with sun and summer. We’re well underway with our winter training and we’re spending the period of basis-training on the Canary Islands.
WEEK 43 (Monday, October 24, 2011)
A FANTASTIC SEASON OF 2011
We can now look back on an incredibly exciting season, with top results and a good feeling. Now we’re all set to start placing stone upon stone in the build-up towards an unforgettable Olympic season of 2012.
WEEK 31 (Thursday 11/8-11)
EUROPEAN CHAMPION CROSS COUNTRY
It was an utterly unforgettable and amazing experience becoming European Champion in cross country riding again. The way back to the top has been long, tough and very demanding, but victory naturally tastes particularly good under those conditions.
WEEK 29 (19 July, 2011):
UPS AND DOWNS IN CYCLING
An exciting and demanding period now lies behind us, and we have many experiences to look back on. The Gunn-Rita Marathon and World Championships were a powerful experience, even though we didn’t achieve the results we had hoped for. The gold medal in the Norwegian Championships last weekend was a big victory for both Kenneth and me.
WEEK 21 (Sunday, May 29, 2011)
DEMANDING DAY AT OFFENBURG
This third race in the World Cup at Offenburg was no easy experience for me. Despite starting as number 13, I was hoping for a better result, considering how I’ve been feeling this past week. I ended up number 29 and that is simply not good enough.
WEEK 17 (April 30, 2011)
GUNN RITA MARATHON – GREAT CYCLING EXPERIENCES
I have a small dream that some day we will count a large number of Norwegians at the Gunn Rita Marathon in Italy, both as supporters and as cyclists. Maybe it’ll become like Marcialonga on skis some day, only on bikes! On the 26th of June, 2011, the race starts for the 10th time, and this year the Marathon World Championship will follow the same tracks.
WEEK 17 (April 26, 2011)
GREAT START TO WORLD CUP IN SOUTH AFRICA
I have many memorable experiences after one week in South Africa and it was definitely a positive stroke getting 12th place in the World Cup opening in Pietermaritzburg. I’m already looking forward to the next race.
WEEK 15 (Sunday, April 17, 2011)
HIGH SPEED DAYS ON LANZAROTE
2 weeks on my new Merida Reactor has worked wonders for my legs. Summer and sun on Lanzarote is also a great boost for us north-dwellers who normally have to dress up really warm for rides in March and April. Even so, I wasn’t able to take part in Dalby Forest today.
WEEK 10 (Wednesday, March 9, 2011)
”CYCLING HOLIDAY” IN ITALY
Few things can compare with relaxing days next to Lake Garda, when the sun is shining and the crisp and clear spring air heightens the senses for the gorgeous natural surroundings. Sirmione, with its interesting history, is a real pearl for tourists in eyes, and ought to be experienced by bike.
WEEK 9 (March 1, 2011)
NEW PERSONAL SPONSOR
I have recently signed a contract with the Norwegian bank DnB NOR – most likely the final big sponsor contract of my career. Today is our first gathering of all the employees of the bank in this region, and we’re looking forward to it.
WEEK 7 (Monday February 14, 2011)
THE PERFECT BIRTHDAY PRESENT
At my age, birthdays aren’t always all that much fun to celebrate any more, but I have to admit that I do appreciate a suitable gift. This year I was handed three new bikes on the actual date of my birthday, and I also treated myself to a super-intense stint of intervals.
WEEK 4 (Sunday, January 30, 2011)
WONDERFUL DAYS OF CYCLING ON LANZAROTE
The first cycling race of the year is finished and has awakened my appetite for more, despite a somewhat weak foundation. We have completed three really good weeks of training here at Club la Santa on Lanzarote, and are very pleased to be on the go again.
WEEK 1 (Thursday, January 6, 2011)
A FIT NEW YEAR
And so we’ve started to write 2011, and hopefully an exciting and physically fit new year awaits us. Personally, I started the year well, with a light training stint on my bike after close to 2 months of sickness and complete lack of exercise. We’re leaving a tough period behind us and are looking towards new goals and challenges.