When all goes west, go right.

Hi,

It’s me again! I noticed I haven’t really posted anything ever since we were in pre-season in Switzerland, and a lot of stuff have happened since. I will try to sum up what I find most important here.

The season started pretty OK for my sake. I ended 15th in the traditional first GS race in Solden. My (then) second best result in GS in the WC so far, so I can’t complain. Then we had a fairly long break which was spent home in Norway, training dryland and practicing being-up-to-no good. Early November we flew over to the US and started training in Vail, Colorado. This is basically a time where you continue training and working on maintaining whatever form or shape you’ve gotten yourself in throughout the summer…Then you race!

Aspen for my sake, did not go really well. After a shameful first run; it did seemed like I just got skis for Christmas last year, I tried to go all in for the second run. That worked out perfectly until I decided that “grabbing the bullet” (meaning: for us non-americans out there; going in a tuck position) was a good idea right before the most difficult turn. That ended up in a SOS saving procedure like no other. I did, believe it or not, finish and got two lousy points from it. I have to admit I had high hopes for Aspen, since it went so well over here in the US last year. With me becoming a better skier, so does my expectations of what I wanna accomplish. I know Beaver Creek and Aspen are two very different hills, but with my skiing being fairly solid lately, I was eager to show the rest of the world what I could do.

Then came Lake Louise, Canada. The county of maple syrup and extremely nice people. Here we raced two DH races and one SG race… The first DH race was a trip to Shittville, Imberrasmenttown and Crap-city. It’s that feeling when everything you do goes wrong and it just doesn’t work out. You feel bad, angry, annoyed, embarrassed… I keep wondering where my self-confidence and my faith in my skiing went, cause me and him obviously did NOT take the same road to get here. (Don’t worry, my egotistic-everyday-life confidence is still presence!) The second DH race went a tiny bit better, though still within the city limits of all the above.
Instead of me keeping all this locked up inside, all my emotions and feelings; I thought I’ll share it with the world. I know I seem like the happiest girl in the world, but I do have a different side. A side which doesn’t come out too often, but I absolutely am aware of.

Ski racing is all about taking risks and the right choices at the exact right time. If your skiing good, you don’t really have to think about anything. You go around in this bliss, where skiing is the easiest thing in the world. For me this is kinda “believing that this world is full of pink clouds, rainbows and unicorns.” The tough part is when shit just doesn’t wanna go your way. I’ve earlier written about that other lovely world, but I’ve rarely written anything about when I ski bad and all the negativity that goes around in my head. And yes, as impossible as that sounds with me having a negative thoughts, they do occur.

It really doesn’t matter how many hours I’ve spent in the gym or how many GS turns I’ve done before I get to the start of a race. It’s all about that day, that run and that moment you push out of the startgate. For me as well as others; it’s all about having faith in yourself and your capability to ski. To trust your skills and forget about the rest. In Aspen I couldn’t. I let stuff get to me, started questioning my skills and let me tell you; whenever you start second guessing yourself, its hard to turn that around. Its like a seed of negativity eating your insides and you have a devil on your back whispering all this in your ear. Now, I’m the first to admit I haven’t really had any adversity or misfortune. I haven’t been really injured or had some kind of a setback for a long time. All the stuff I’ve had, passed within a few months or so. So, yes, I know I’ve been lucky! But then what do I have to say about a few shitty races not going my way?! “Boohoo..poor me”, right?!
Well, everything is relative. So with my skiing career being as good as it has been, I haven’t experienced a real setback yet. Meaning: stuff that aren’t even a dot on a map for others, seems big to me. So when I say things are tough or I feel like I’m banging my head against the wall, I’m well aware that people have it way worse. But somehow you ended up reading this blog update, so apparently you have a small interest in listening to what I have to say. This is my story, my life and it’s seen though my eyes so here it goes.
I know I’m the only person that can make these thoughts go away, or to at least have them, acknowledge them, but then send them out of my head as fast as they have gotten there. I just need to find my way to do it. New races means new possibilities, a fresh start and all that, but sometimes you drag your baggage of negativity with you too long.  I want to say its easy to restart, but its not. It takes more of me than anything else. If I knew how to turn it around, I would never have these bad thoughts to begin with. What I do know is this; once you crack a small portion of that code to turn it all around, its the most satisfying feeling there is.

This started to work in my advantage in Åre, SWE. At least my second run of the GS there, which made me end up with a 13th place! Being Norwegian and all I’ve skied a couple of times in Åre before and that hill gives me confidence. Trying to pull all of my shit together; forgetting the past and skiing in the presence, worked and finally I started believing in “me” again.
Trying to take that small amount of confidence and bring it to the final races before Christmas in Val d’sere, FRA.
France was both a good and bad experience. First of, I got a couple of DH points and broke some codes in understanding that discipline. Second, and what was not soo great… I had my first real close encounter with the safety net. I would say thats a good skill that I haven’t ended up there before the age of 22, but one time had to be the first and I feel lucky to walk out of there with just a small scratch.

Then came Christmas and being home with family really does wonders for you. Re-charging batteries, eating waaaaay to much good food and just relaxing away from the daily circus and stress. When you then go down in Europe again, its with new energy and a new improved attitude. Well, Christmas break didn’t last too long though. 4 days is exactly my definition of a holiday break, but it is what it is and its gonna be my future these coming years. Anyhow, it was with a heavy heart that I had to leave family and those good times behind. Doing these Christmas races feels like a pain in the ass, because you want to have time off. It takes a lot this circus, but if I knew what was gonna happen in Kühtai, I would be singing and skipping all the way to the airport. I ended 5th in the GS, meaning my best result in the WC so far! Happy, happy day!!! I think, for me, this is the moment when it turned around. Those grim and negative thoughts I had before kinda go away once you achieve something you are pleased or happy with. That feeling of achievement and reaching some of your goals is pretty awesome! After only 3 days away (the shortest little race trip I had before I could go home again), I flew back to Norway to celebrate the new year with some of my closest friends.

December 2014 is over, a new year begins and January means speed. We do pretty much all of the speed races in this month alone. This year January consists of: Bad Kleinkirchheim, Cortina and St.Moritz. Now, it didn’t really start out great with Bad Klein, since both of those races, literally, blew away. Due to insane weather storms and temperatures up to 18 degrees!!!, there was no chance to run and they got cancelled. Bad Klein for me has a special meaning as this was the first WC speed race I ever did. It’s an intimidating hill to start in, but after skiing there everything else seems easy. With zero racing happening in Austria, you pack up your life (we do live in bags) and move it along to the next place.
So, this make me actually catch up to the present. I am currently in Cortina, which is one of the classics and I love this hill. It has a little bit of everything in it, and the scenery around is the most beautiful there is. They also rescheduled the DH race from Bad Klein to go here as well so now we have 3 races here. First one already starting tomorrow!

This is where I end my summary. Its been some interesting times for me. I’m learning more and more about how I work and how I’m put together every day. There are bad days as well as good days being a top athlete and I’m not just talking about results. There are gonna be heavy, grim days which you don’t really understand whats the problem and there are gonna be happy days where everything is easy.
Bottom line: Life is full of ups and downs. Sometimes it seems like you are stumbling in the dark trying to find your way. Just remember; the difference between stumbling blocks and stepping stones is how you use them.

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It’s all about details

Greetings from Saas Fee, Switzerland!

I am currently skiing here in Switzerland getting ready for the opening race in Sölden, Austria. The start of the season is not far away and I can definitely start to feel the annual race butterflies waking up from hibernation. The pre-season has been good; New Zealand was amazing and we got some great training there. I skied some GS ANC races in Coronet Peak which I won, so its good for me to know that the training I’ve done up until now is going in the right direction. After NZ  I took a detour to Australia and Thailand to relax and this was amazing! For us living in Norway and travelling as far away as it gets to ski,  you might as well also take advantage and get a vacation  out if it too. Also, it makes the travel home way easier with breaking up the trip into parts. When we finally did touchdown in Oslo, we had a big break for about three weeks staying home and working on our physical condition. To take a longer break and recharge both physically and mentally is super important to me. You can’t keep up the tension and focus all the time the entire year, so once I’m back home I take a “time-out” from skiing and anything that involves around it.

Now that we are back on skis its a lot of fun…even though it took some time getting the feeling back. I wasn’t sure how to make the skis turn the first couple of runs, but your body remembers. Skiing is like riding a bike; once you know how to do it, you never forget. Our focus now is in the details. The small adjustments that makes the huge difference whether you ski OK or fast. I feel stronger, both mentally and physically, and I’m ready for what I believe is gonna be my best season so far.

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New Zealand

So, after a millennium  I decided that maybe it was time to update this page again. We are now currently in New Zealand skiing, and its amazing. After 42 hours of traveling, feeling wasted and hangover at the same time, we arrived at Lake Takapo and started our camp with a week of skiing at Roundhill. Its an easy going hill and a good way to get into it again. Lake Takapo is insanely beautiful. Let me just say that one more time… INSANELY beautiful. The nature and scenery here is one of a kind. Everywhere you look it seems like you are looking at a postcard. This pretty much goes for all of New Zealand, but you get my drift!  One of my favorite parts of skiing is when you start up skiing again after you had the summer break. That’s when motivation is sky high and the joy of skiing is all you live and breath for.
That’s also the part where you realize you are in a pissing contest with everyone who just started studying back home. Its the “my-life-is-way-cooler-than-your-life-part” of the year and we love it. I’m not trying to be rude or anything, but lets face it…While most people our age is cramped up in a room with 10.000 other people and enough books and curriculum to build your own fortress, at least that’s what I would do…we are out in the most beautiful nature skiing and figuring out how to ski the fastest from one stick to another.

Anyways, after some really good skiing at Roundhill we moved on to Coronet Peak and Cardrona to up the stakes and challenge. After pumping up your confidence skiing like heroes , you get pretty quickly grounded after coming here.  It’s tough hill to ski with both steeps, bumps and rollovers. I love it though. Its great to ski and practice on the stuff you are not so good in, even if it means you’ll have a bruised ego for a couple of days. Speaking of bruises…I got one heck of  b***h slap on my thigh after I apparently tried to apply for Cirque du Soleil in the last gate of the GS course the other day. After I was done with my acrobatic act, I ended up face-planting in front of the line where you get on the lift. And I’m supposed to be a good skier…very proud moment!

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Zermatt – here we go again!

Zermatt is pretty much the go-to-place when we grab our treasure map and start searching for good, stable conditions in the summer. At least it has been the last two seasons. We pretty much moved down here for the entire pre-seasons earlier and it worked out really good. Going here, means it all starts up again. You meet familiar faces, both off and on the hill and you get reminded why you love your life. Cliché…I know, YOLO and all that, but that doesn’t make it less true! You also see some familiar sights, like the Matterhorn and Hotel Firefly. Our hotel is pretty much the most luxurious hotel we stay in during a season, and it has the friendliest staff there is! We become spoiled with our living conditions after we are done here.

Well, you know the part about me saying this is where we come for good,stable conditions in the summer…Weeeeell….after just one day skiing, we are grounded in our hotel while its raining cats and dogs outside. The weather, that has been good the last week, is not the best for the moment. However, we are hoping they let us up tomorrow even if its just to freeski. I’m currently doing a weather dance and praying to every God there is for some OK weather tomorrow.

We are only gonna stay here for about a week before we go home again. This year we are headed to the other side of the globe…New Zealand, to do most of our pre-season training. Looking forward to everything, except the insanely-I-can’t-really-believe-how-long-the-travel-is way to get there.

Here are some photos from yesterday fun-in-the-sun!
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Wakeboarding after a M32 catamaran

As my heading applies I got this amazing opportunity from Panasonic, who I had a cooperation with under the Olympics, to actually wakeboard after a catamaran. And let me tell you…it was just as awesome as it sounds. I never thought that a “sailboat” had the acceleration and speed to drag me out of the water in the first place, man was I wrong! It’s insane the amount of speed they get and it was easy getting enough speed to stand.
Instead of me bragging about how cool this was…HUGE thanx to Team Rahm Racing who helped me out!

Check out the video Panasonic made:

Lake Garda – boot camp – pushing the limits

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So… we recently came home from Riva del Garda after a week of bloody hard work. It was supposed to be a low intensity camp, they said. It was supposed to be fun, they said. They were wrong.

No, I’m tiny bit over dramatic like usual, but about the low intensity part I wasn’t joking. Our coaches called it a boot camp to really get a kick start to our dryland training. We had 19 sessions in 5 days, that means an average of 3,8 sessions a day. Anybody who can do math know that’s quite a lot. This camp was all about pushing the limits for how much you can do, how much you can push yourself to your limit and figuring out where those limits are. Its more of a mental game than a physical one. Our coaches planed it to be as stressful as it could be, with barely enough time to eat and not much time to recover between each session. Our days were varied, but they all started with getting up at 5.30 AM for the morning jog, before breakfast. Then it continued with hiking or/and running like crazy people through town before the sun had shown its face to solve puzzles and quests. Biking….and A LOT of it…I still can’t feel my ass and I’m quite sure I’m not the only one saying that. We biked around the whole lake, had strength sessions, hill intervals, windsurfing, etc, and it all ended with a triathlon. Not a full one off course, then we would for sure have died, but that doesn’t mean we didn’t die just a little bit. I can’t remember the last time I’ve been that tired. No matter how much training and exercise they threw at us, we only came out the other side stronger… There is a reason they have a saying: – What doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger…literally and metaphorically.

As top athletes you are in a very fortunate position… All you do and practically every choice you have to take are in regards of trying to be the best you can be. Competing with the best in the world, makes only the best good enough. Super selfish, I know, and especially when you do an individual sport too. Its not everyone who can go to work and try to get fitter, stronger and only do stuff that makes YOU better. Doesn’t mean its easy though; there are no excuses, no one to blame but yourself. Then again, you get the satisfaction and reward when you stand at the top of the podium, thinking back to moments when you pushed yourself harder than you thought was possible.

Now awaits a week of training and physical testing. If you asked me a week ago, I would say I was dreading those tests cause they are tough! After that week in Garda and when I’m feeling tired, I’m more like…”When is the next session?”

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I stole some photos from our Norwegian Alpine Ski Team (Ladies) Facebook page as well:
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The freaking Olympics

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It’s not just because I’m lazy that I haven’t posted anything here since Cortina. Well…mostly, but as those of you not living in caves would know by now, is that the 22th Winter Olympics were just held in Sochi, Russia and I was lucky enough to participate. When the Olympics are being held, it comes with a few restrictions. With few I mean more like a booklet with the size of the Bible of what you can and, most importantly, can’t post in that period. So to take the easy way out, (Hey, you gotta take some shortcuts in life) I stopped posting anything at all. I’m starting up again now as the law abiding citizen that I am, to continue to bug those who are interested and willing to spare a few minutes of their life to hear about mine.

To be an Olympic champion has been a dream of mine since I was old enough to understand what it involves. Olympics for me is a place where the best athletes from all over the world bring their skills, dreams and ambitions and put it to a test. Its also a place where those dreams get crushed, to be a little dramatic. Things doesn’t always turn out as planned, but then you get up, dust yourself off and keep moving forward. At the Olympics you represent your country in the biggest sports arena in the world. Trust me when I say this: It’s truly amazing! Being a part of something this big, is an experience not too many of us are gonna have and I cherish every moment of it. As for my results I would say I’m ok, happy with it all. For sure my 6th place in the super combined was WAAAAAAAY, let me just clarify the importance of that one more time, SUEPR-INSANELY-WAAAAAAAAAAY better than I tough I was gonna be in my first Olympics. As for the rest, well…screw it. I know I can do better than that, so let me just say “#roadtopyeongchang people”! It’s hard to make the ends meet every time you compete, but I gave it the best shot then and there and its not much more to do about it now. I still have a couple of years left before I hang my skis up on the wall, and my appetite for success is far from satisfied. In four years I’m planning to push out of the start in my second Olympics and then my medal chances are way higher then they were just now.

Many of you maybe wonder how it was to be there and I can say that it was really good. For sure some things could have been better, but what can you expect when this city and it’s surroundings regarding the Olympics was built in basically four years.  From a brand new railway, to highways, to arenas, to stadiums. And lets not forget the hotels and living situations. For us “mountain people”, there was no Rosa Khutor when I was there four years ago at the first European Cup race held there. There were no buildings, nothing. Now there is a mini city with restaurants, a mall, shops and hotels and the foot of the mountains.  I just hope they can keep it up and running when the Olympics are done.

Right now I’m sitting at my hotel in Crans Montana, Switzerland writing this. Cause even though the Olympics are done for now, the World Cup is taking over. Tomorrow (Saturday) and Sunday we are racing again and there are gonna be some new winners.

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