En Route to Vasaloppet 2018, day 250-261


Been taking it easy since I came home from Norway focusing mainly on technique and safety. Weather is getting colder and we had a few nights with frost making the roads slippery with patches of ice as well as wet and muddy. In other words quite dangerous especially in the dark. For some training sessions […]

En Route to Vasaloppet 2018, day 235-249


Here is a tale of my first days in the snow this season. I took my RollerSafe to service in Norway and from there went on to Lillehammer to visit my niece and to get my first snow-experience this season. Expectations were high as I have been doing a lot of workout on the roller […]

En Route to Vasaloppet 2018, day 234 Comparison stats Polar V800 vs Polar M430 vs Runkeeper/iPhone7


A little devil whispered in my ears that for todays long roller skiing workout I should compare the two Polar watches being the V800 and the M430 as well as with Runkeeper using my iPhone 7. The Polar watches were very close. The V800 does seem a bit more accurate on altitude though which may […]

En Route to Vasaloppet, day 232-233


So Sunday was one long interval of sorts going 15 km at a very high pulse. 10 of 15 one kilometer rounds were in zone 5 (between 176-194/bpm, with 3 consecutive kilometers averaging 181, 180 and 182 bpm. That is very high. https://flow.polar.com/training/analysis/1909899460 Yesterday I broke that down to acceleration intervals so that I would […]

En Route to Vasaloppet 2018, day 226-231


Wow… Been standing still at a plateau for a while now roller skiing at about 14-15 km/h. Average pulse around 160-170. Felt like I was missing some hard interval trainings and enjoying comfort zones a bit too much… So last night I put on my newly acquired X-bionic full set and went out in total […]

En Route to Vasaloppet 2018, day 215-225


Last time I promised I would write something about the estimated VO2Max test of the Polar M430. This is what my measurements look like so far: Ideally you should measure the VO2Max every 6 weeks to get a good insight into how you are progressing but I just wanted to see if I could get […]

En Route to Vasaloppet, day 191-214

En Route to Vasaloppet, day 191-214


Ok, it has been a while… I have been busy at work after returning from sick leave. So skipping fast forward to the positive side of things I acquired a GPS training watch, the M430 no less, from the Danish company Polar. This is looking like being the best investment I have ever done apart […]

En Route to Vasaloppet, day 184-190


Bloody my shingles… Well, the state of weakness I found myself in during Kongevejsløbet wasn’t just about a shoulder injury. It soon showed itself as me having shingles. That is a very bad and painful condition stemming from the virus you get when contracting small pox as a child. The virus lingers in your body […]

En Route to Vasaloppet day 176-183


Buehh, got an injury to my right shoulder probably at the lower end of m. teres minor or m. teres major or both. I think it started when I was doing Kongevejsløbet which would explain why I felt so out of power towards the end. A sneaking injury that didn’t really come to play until […]

En Route to Vasaloppet 2018, day 153-158


Did some ok runs here in the past weekdays first at home and then in Sweden when we stopped one night at the cottage. On the way up yesterday we made a halt in the picturesque village of Fjällbacka at the Swedish west coast (see pictures). Now we are finally in Norway. We visited RollerSafe […]

En Route to Vasaloppet 2018, day 145-152


After the sharp run in Sweden I took a three day break to celebrate my birthday and to get some mushroom, and berry picking done before we went home. Now we have been back for 5 days and it has been five days of hardship but also with positive feedback. My weight is still going […]

En Route to Vasaloppet 2018, day 141-144


After a two days break I was out again this morning. I felt good. I broke another distance and average speed personal best. Coming in at 13 km at average speed of 15 km/h and another personal best for 16 km at an average speed of 14.75 km/h and a third at 17.7 km at […]

En Route to Vasaloppet, day 140


Today is a break day despite better weather. We are celebrating my little nieces 6 years birthday. There need also be time for other stuff than training so a trip out to pick mushrooms and wild raspberries seemed suitable and was a good workout too. The raspberry pickings were slightly interrupted when I went out […]

En Route to Vasaloppet, day 135-139


It has been heavy raining here in Halland in the past 5 days. That did not deter me from going out. Add a little grease to the outside of the wheels of the RollerSafe and they can practically go amphibious. Well needed as it felt more like running through a shallow lake at times with […]

En Route to Vasaloppet, day 129-134


Ok, so I was seriously aiming at 400 km for July but rainy weather and a trip to Sweden kind of prevented me from reaching the goal. However, including todays RollerSafe workout I did manage to make it to 387 km. Here are a few other comparisons from June to July. 22 out of 31 […]

En Route to Vasaloppet, day 127-128


Good news. I rounded 315 km in July. My goal was to go 300 but there is still 6 days left. We’ll see how close I get to the 400 km mark! Well well, in the morning I went out to take a lesson in classic skiing from Bo who works at Nordic Sport / […]

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 […]

En Route to Vasaloppet 2018, day 123

En Route to Vasaloppet 2018, day 123


What a perfect day to roller ski. Sunny, 22° celcius and absolutely no wind. When I got home from meeting my friend Johanna and her little sweet 6 months old baby Malcolm I went to swap the sunglasses I bought yesterday since they had some microscratches in the glass. No problem at Rulleskisport. They just […]

En Route to Vasaloppet 2018, day 122


I went to my local equipment pusher at Rulleskisport today to get some new classic boots and sunglasses. I rolled there on the RollerSafe and after I went out for a 10 km run. Nice and easy 15 km today. I got boots and glasses at a nice rebate. Nice to have a good local […]

En Route to Vasaloppet 2018, day 119-121


3 days ago was hellish pain and agony. After a 2 day break I did a good workout the day before and then boom I felt really tired and everything was aching. My back, my shoulders and legs. I did a respectable 13 km/h 18 km roller skiing pass anyways but when I was done […]

En Route to Vasaloppet 2018, day 115-118


Been doing a couple of nice RollerSafe runs of 18-20 km. I feel more fit and ready to take on the first big challenge: Kongevejsløbet September 10, 2017! This is a seeding roller skiing competition for Vasaloppet 2018 as well as counting as the long distance DM (Danish championships for long distance roller skiing). 45.2 km […]

En Route to Vasaloppet 2018, day 114


Today was a good day for training. Even though I had been working and came home quite late I felt in good spirit and shape. I decided to go for the longer distance route of 18 km and give it a shot at breaking 14 km/h an average for this distance. I got good feedback […]

En Route to Vasaloppet 2018, day 107-113


Since I got home from Transylvania I have been changing my training to double length and more up and down kind of terrain, like going 18 km instead of 9 and going up longer climbs, not as challenging as Transylvania though but still some shorter 5-6% climbs and a longer 3% climb of 2-3 km. […]

Between bears and wolves. A Roller Skiing tale from Harghita, Transylvania (En Route to Vasaloppet 2018, day 90-106)


This is a training diary from Judetul Harghita, Romania. Since we were going to a wedding in Gyöngyis home county of Harghita, Romania, I saw the opportunity to get a bit of mountain climbing in on the RollerSafe and to more thoroughly test the braking ability in rougher terrain with steep decents. After some 2000 […]

En Route to Vasaloppet 2018, day 89


Still sore throat and feeling the remnants of the cold I have suffered the past ten days now. I felt remarkably well on the RollerSafe today considered the symptoms. I did a couple of high pulse long intervals. One at the length of 2.5 km ranging from 175 to 180 bpm (beats per minute) and […]

En Route to Vasaloppet 2018, day 88


Sore throat and feeling sick and a very sore back. Still, I did my training today and did well… Average pulse was 164 but I kept a good tempo 14.5 km/h in average speed without going higher than 177, in max pulse. Looking at the pulse chart I am definitely able to keep a higher […]

En Route to Vasaloppet 2018, day 83-87


Been training 11 of 13 days in June so far. Held a day off yesterday due to a cold that has been hitting me. I am not feeling super but I did go out today for an easy relaxing ride. The past few days I have been doing good runtimes of 14-15 km/h in average […]

En Route to Vasaloppet 2018, day 81-82


Yesterday I took a day off from training due to heavy rain and a sneak up cold starting off. Turned out to be a good idea as I was definitely feeling better today. Instead of training yesterday I went to buy a new pair of training shorts as the old bike shorts I had was […]

En Route to Vasaloppet 2018, day 76-80


I can tell you now that the best cure for hangover is to go RollerSkiing the day after. I did 10 km in the evening after the most infernal rainy day and being capsized by massive hangover after a wedding the night before. Towards the end of the day it cleared up and even though […]

En Route to Vasaloppet 2018, day 73-75


Another milestone! I checked in at 500 km on my RollerSafe yesterday making this distance in just 82 days whereof 55 were active workout days. That is 9 km pr. workout on average. As for the past couple of days I took a break in the rain Tuesday but went out yesterday and today. The […]

En Route to Vasaloppet 2018, day 72


My local motivation pusher at work, commonly adhering to the name Dr. JR., gave me a little pep-talk today on the subject of keeping up the good work. Therefore I went out in the wee evening after getting home from work. Indeed things are moving. Today I did a run with 7 out of 9 […]

En Route to Vasaloppet 2018, day 71


Well, a new day starts with hangover. For once I succeeded in getting my better half to drive the car home after a family party so for the first time in ages I was drinking something containing alcohol with the catastrophic aftermath today => headache. Of course I was playing with my cousins children and […]

En Route to Vasaloppet 2018, day 70


Wow, so lovely weather. Hot and nice! It was a bit hard working out though as the air was very dry and it was quite windy. On the other hand I managed again to keep a nice average speed of past 14 km/h even though I felt dizzy towards the 6 km mark. Need to […]

En Route to Vasaloppet 2018, day 69


Got a good nice breakfast with my girls then went out rolling. The blood sugar was 6.4! Good! In the deer park there were lots of beautiful people out to enjoy the nice warm weather which means I got to make a good commercial for RollerSafe and the blinkies. I went for a slightly longer […]

En Route to Vasaloppet 2018, day 66-68


I was very excited to go to the dietician this tuesday. I even went out for a short roll early in the morning just as I did in Hungary. Here it was a nice morning too but rather cold compared to the climate we just returned home from. First I went to see the doctor […]

En Route to Vasaloppet 2018, Day 59-65


For the past week I have been in Hungary celebrating a wedding in the family. We were staying in Inárcs at the Bagylovár wellness hotel. They have very nice facilities for bathing and wellness. We enjoyed the stay very much. Of course I brought my RollerSafe with me and had a couple of morning rides before […]

En Route to vasaloppet 2018, day 58


Yeah! Definitely moving some heavy intervals now. One intermediate interval at kilometer 3 averaging more than 16 km/h followed by kilometer 8 too, which is a first for this roller skiing track! This is also the 3rd fastest roller ski run I have done ever. I am definitely on the right track recovering from that […]

En Route to Vasaloppet 2018, day 53-57


Some time ago I wrote something about an experience of mine that high max pulse even for a short while would be very effective at lowering blood sugar levels. In the past few weeks since I was suffering from a severe cold I have been having a sort of stuffiness in my throat with a […]

En Route to Vasaloppet 2018, day 51+52


I took monday off from training to spend some time in the playground with the kids. After taking the kids to daycare and kindergarten in the morning I went for a 9 k RollerSafe run. With one day of spring temperatures Saturday we are now back to cold but sunny weather. All in all not […]

En Route to Vasaloppet 2018, day 47-50


Day 47 was too busy to get time for rolling. I should have been out rolling friday but I forgot my ski boots when going to visit my parents. Shit happens! Cleaned the car instead. Yesterday I went out for 12 km and today for 10 k in light rain and wet roads. Doing well […]

En Route to Vasaloppet 2018, day 46


Finally! We get some temperatures over 15 degrees celcius! The sun is shining! Not completely over the cold yet. I did get home in time to go out rolling. Did the usual lap + an extra mini lap and landed just short of 9 km at 13.6 km/h. Now I really need to relax. So a […]

En Route to Vasaloppet, day 45


I am going to start this blog with a short venture into the 1st of May articles. In an interview with the Swedish sociologist Roland Paulsen (article in Swedish). He notes that the worktime has not been reduced over the last 40 years in spite of productivity being doubled over the same time period. At the […]

En Route to Vasaloppet 2018, day 39-44


Been off for a while. Last Wednesday I went out for a roll but then I caught up with the flu. Subsequently I have been spending the following days and weekend in bed. Today was actually another day in bed until I couldn’t stand looking out at the sunshine anymore. So I went for a […]

En Route to Vasaloppet 2018, day 37+38


This is what it is all about: The map reminds me of the ultimate challenge. I am not satisfied with having done it for the first time ever this season. Now I want to seed myself for a better startposition and my target is to finish at about 6 hours. As for training today I […]

En Route to Vasaloppet 2018,day 35+36


No rolling yesterday as I was babysitting. I got a nice 9 km easy workout in the morning storm winds. Put a smile on my face.

En Route to Vasaloppet 2018, day 33+34


Yesterday was another long day at work and I was too tired to go out when I finally got home. So I spent some quality time with the kids instead. Today I first went with Irís to kindergarten. She was cycling all the way there on her new bike. Super proud little girl when we […]

En Route to Vasaloppet 2018, day 32


After work I took a ride out in the sunshine. At second best roller skiing average speed of 14.18 km/h I am very satisfied. The interval splits at the midsection were good! On top of yesterdays lengthy ride the body was responding very well to a more fast paced interval training today. Now to combine the […]

En Route to Vasaloppet 2018, day 30+31


Yesterday was a tug it in and sleep day. The kids were tired too and we were visiting my parents. Besides it was really raining outside and very cold. Much better today. We drove off to Asnæs for the family to pick Allium ursinum for making pesto (yummy) while I prepared for a little longer roller […]

En Route to Vasaloppet, day 28+29


Yesterday it was raining the whole day and I just took it easy inside while visiting our friends in Klejtrup, Jylland. Today it had cleared enough to go out and I found a good round for a workout mostly flat but with a couple of steep climbs. Again the RollerSafe brakes came in good when […]

En Route to Vasaloppet 2018, Day 27


Today is a good day. After breakfast I went out for a run on the RollerSafe. This time faster than even my best overall skate skiing PB. I finished at an average speed of 16 km/h. Great!  Now I am on the ferry to Aarhus and on to Viborg to visit good friends for Easter. […]

En Route to Vasaloppet 2018, day 25+26


Yesterday was another transition day training wise as I was spending time with good friends in the afternoon and evening after work. Today I went for the usual 8 km workout at the pace of around 13.5 km/h, which seems to be the new standard for me these days. I am so really happy with […]

En Route to Vasaloppet 2018, day 23+24


Yesterday I was tired and stayed in. Needed to sleep after a long day at work. Since my wrists have been aching a bit over the past couple of weeks, and I only got the new suspended poles Saturday, I took a pair of old wrist guards from rollerskating and removed the metalbits. I tied […]

En Route to Vasaloppet 2018, day 22

En Route to Vasaloppet 2018, day 22


Doing better with the knee today. I was out for an easy run again on the RollerSafe. This time I wanted to test some pretty scary descents in the forest area up north of here. The brakes worked flawlessly. Much better actually than my courage. I took it sloooowly! The brakes actually allowed for going […]

En Route to Vasaloppet 2018, day 21


So let’s take a look at that knee. It hurts a bit but it isn’t swollen and it looks quite clean. Yesterday I got a reminder from my cycling days that training for elite sports can be detrimental to your health if you are sloppy with safety. Luckily I got out of this one in […]

En Route to Vasaloppet 2018, Day 20


Today I planned to go from Rungsted to home about 15 km but plans can quickly get disrupted. Thanks to a pair of sheet metal plates lying across the whole bike lane on a descent about 4 km along the route… The RollerSafe brakes saved me from more trouble than I had bargained for though, […]

En Route to Vasaloppet 2018, day 19


Another PB for classic roller skiing today. This time doing 7.5 km in 32 min. Average speed 14.16 km/h. Looking good. Blood sugar levels after workout was 6.4.

En Route to Vasaloppet 2018, day 18


Quite windy today but nothing to stay home for. So out again and once again confirmation that the brakes are indeed working great! So now I am beginning to feel quite comfortable braking even at speed going downhill. Super! Not the fastest run today but threw in some good double poling intervals. Great feeling!  

En Route to Vasaloppet 2018, Day 17


Good News! I am going to be allowed to continue my consultations with the diethist in order to optimize training, eating and continue measuring my gains in the Body Composition Analyzing (BCA) programme. Very good for me since a lot of psychological driving force and desire comes from seeing steady progression, not only in the […]

En Route to Vasaloppet 2018, day 16


Today I went out on my normal training route. Was really tired after work but worked it out since I couldn’t sleep. Did some double poling intervals at the middle of the course and had a good feeling in legs and arms. When I came to the downhill part the brakes proved to work much […]

En Route to Vasaloppet 2018, day 13,14,15


Finally got the new rollerskis and went for a ride Friday. What a joy! Went the usual 8 km loop here at home and the skis were spinning really good. Then for the weekend we have been at my parents and since it was such a nice weather we went to the beach yesterday. I […]

En Route to Vasaloppet 2018, day 11+12


Been grey and raining here while I have been waiting for the roller skis to come back from Norway. Finally got the return shipment notice today, so tomorrow they will hopefully be here. Busy day at work though to occupy my mind. Once you are set on something the hardest days are transition days when […]

En Route to Vasaloppet 2018, day 9


New PB for roller skiing. 14.09 km/h for the usual distance. Feeling good! On the other hand I am to send the roller skis back to Norway but the good news is that they will send me a brand new pair due to the half impaired braking ability of the ones I got. Again top […]

En Route to Vasaloppet 2018, Day 8


Today I broke another PR for roller skiing. The ‘usual’ distance of about 8-8.5 km this time going 13.99 km/h an average in classic technique. This is still a short distance rather flat track but considered that I am going slowly downhill and parts of the course is in traffic (crossing roads, etc.) I am […]

En Route to Vasaloppet 2018, day 7


Been out testing the roller skis today and had a joyful ride. Service did them good in terms of rolling ability but they are a bit hard still on braking from higher speeds going downhill. One of the skis seems harder to manage a none blocking brake maneuver than the other. So right now its […]

En route to Vasaloppet 2018, Day 6


Very short status. Got my RollerSafe back today but too late to go out. Looking forward to testing them again tomorrow.

En Route to Vasaloppet 2018, day 5


Still down with a cold! But today there are good news from Norway as RollerSafe are sending the rollerskis back with service, 4 new wheels and new brake pads and on top are sending me a jacket for free just as token of them being extremely pleasant folks! Jacket, value 97€ 4 new wheels, value […]

Vasaloppet 2018, day 4


Today I am down with a cold. Good News from Team RollerSafe in Norway though as they received the rollerskis for service. Short message, I know but it is uphill today… Here is some more training options from Brynte and Ramm. We have lots of waterworld facilities in Denmark too. Just think about family dads […]