En Route to Vasaloppet 2018, day 124-126
Day 124 was set out to train on a more flat and easy route. I did 17.5 km at the fastest pace yet for the long distance courses I have been doing lately at average speed of 14.54 km/h. Smooth.
Yesterday (day 125) we were going to visit my parents and the plan was to jump ship like 10 km before just south of Jyderup so I could go roller skiing for an easy workout down through the forests towards Lake Tissø. Since that was the plan I didn’t do anything in particular to prepare for it and I didn’t bring any water supply.
When we got there, however, I changed my mind, decided to jump off in the forest area of Stokkebjerg Forest just north of Jyderup and go west to Bjergsted and then see where I would land. Completely novel territory to me when it comes to roller skiing. I was slightly nervous and I can say that if I did not have the RollerSafe I would never have dared venturing into roads I had not checked out by car first. The RollerSafe, however, with their disc brakes also means that I have been getting more and more comfortable with checking out new potential training areas and in particular any descents. This is clearly readable from yesterdays workout when I did my fastest split on a descent ever, going 1 km at 20.55 km/h. The first two kilometers through Stokkebjerg Forest were beautiful and followed by a descent down to Bjergsted that was both speedy and equally nice in terms of the landscape unravelling beneath me. In a whole the landscape in this area is fantastic.
When I got to Bjergsted everything felt good so I decided to take a longer course turning on the small road to Viskinge and towards Kalundborg then the plan would be to turn south towards Tissø and see how far that would take me. I had in mind that I might as well test upwards of 40 km. Since I was feeling good and Kongevejsløbet September 10th is 45.2 km this would be a good indication of my shape towards this race. The first 25 km felt really good. I was getting good average speed indications of 14.7 km/h all up to 23 km without outdoing myself which is another average speed PR for long distance. The wind when turning south was nasty (0:45) (in a particularly Black Adder‘ish) way though and that was draining power quickly.
I even went bonkers after 25 – 30 km as I didn’t carry any sugar nor drinks with me and I clearly ate too little during the day. 🔥
Still, last time I ran 40 km was during Vasaloppet passing 40 km at 5:20:49 and back in February at 3:58:04 up in Orsa Grönklitt. Even though this is on RollerSafe and with 1000 km roller skiing in between since Vasaloppet, I wouldn’t have thought I was in that much of a better shape going the distance in just 3:02:43. 💪🏻👍🏻
Status as of now is 296.5 km in July! and 1000 km since March 10th. Blood sugar level 6.1.