Sunday, February 25, 2007

1 month to go

only 1 month - the count down is running and so is the training, rollerskiing and the odd half marathon+ today just to get in shape - all for the gruelling "big salami" more correctly the SesilÄmi - 25th March

Saturday, February 10, 2007

crisp, cold, long, but very rewarding

we knew wanted a cross country experience - we'd spent an hour and half the night ebfore preparing the skis on the new waxing profile - we also knew it was cold - about minus 19 overnight so one of chose the route to the Grautheller tourist cabin in the heart of the Sirdal fjells! it was a stunning pre lunch tour which left us wanting more - that was after having warmed the cabin up from a baltic minus 9 inside when we arrived to a pleasant minus 2, we had even relaxed with t and sarnies - mhhhh- so the debate focused on what to do next - more, more, more....maybe - well, perhaps, yea go on, why not, oh ok, yes....some 6 hours later and 38km under our belt having skied the last 2hours pretty much in the dusk and dark with only 2 head torches between us perhaps we had bitten off more than a large chunk - but the views were stunning the ski was so clear and the temperature was mighty mighty low - as Andy's poor hands are still testament to - so sorry about that!

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Hemsedal epic - sesong er i full gang ;~)

when we eventually got there it was mega, but what an epic - left at 8am and missed the ferry by less than a knats whisker, no more free coffees at the shell filling stations we chose hydro instead! great progress all the way up onto the hardangervidda where we sat and played cards for 90mins waiting for our group of cars to be taken across the plateau only to be told they were closing the road for the day, something to do with a little drifting snow - i dont know - so we embarked on a detour, that took us half way across the country, eventually going through fargenes and pealing ourselves out of the car at 11pm - of course the shell filling station in hemsedal - we'd made it - only a 15hr drive, we were totally ready for skiing, but not until after a beer (we had been through the worlds longest tunnel at 26km - quite a highlight!)

the skiing was stunning and we just couldnt get enough and to finish things off skins we strapped on and we found a nice gullie to take us back to some after ski, two days solid skiing well worth the 1500km drive but i'm not sure of the kr 25k car repair bill that followed when we ground to a halt at 9pm still 4hrs from home - yea the low loader had to come and pick us up, we got a hire car and a pizza before crawling back home alot later than planned - i'd go back to hemsedal tomorrow tho