En Route to Vasaloppet 2019, day 74-104


I think this is the longest time that has passed between updates since I started writing this training blog. So much has been going on. First of all I got married last Saturday. We made much of the food on our own, ordered 4 pasta courses from Andrea Casciotta of Spaghetteria, served 80 guests and […]

En Route to Vasaloppet 2019, day 64-66


9th classic roller skiing in a row without going low of 16.2 km/h in average speed. Today at 16.6 km/h, like yesterday at 16.7 and Sunday at 17 km/h. Otherwise I wanna focus on what I did today in the morning before work. I trained biathlon with Christian and Erik. In my best series in […]

En Route to Vasaloppet 2019, day 62-63


Yesterday I did not feel on top of my game. In the morning I went for a 8,75 km roller ski workout without getting higher than 85% of max. heart rate. My average speed was merely 15.8 km/h. It felt like I had hit a brick wall during the day. Felt like all the past […]

En Route to Vasaloppet 2019, day 55


So many things that were right today! First thing in the morning I did a fitness test on the Polar V800. For the first time since I started measuring, my result is now 50, which means my VO2max is 50. This is 2 points from my ultimate target to hit the elite level for my […]

En Route to Vasaloppet 2019, day 53-54


Been rolling the past 3 days in a row. Planning to do Saturday and Sunday too and on Monday I got my first biathlon training coming up. I think it will be good for me to mix the roller ski training with biathlon training. Maybe I will have to get a pair of RollerSafe skate […]

En Route to Vasaloppet 2019, day 42-50, Training for Imroved Quality of Life!


In summary. Over the course of 8 days I have moved from average heart rate 173 bpm. to 163 bpm. while improving average speed from 15.9 km/h to 16.15 km/h. The pulse zone 4-5 has moved from 51%(z5)-42%(z4) to 5%(z5)-85%(z4) on the same route. The training load moved from 16 hours to 9 hours. Some progression!

En Route to Vasaloppet 2019, day 34-36


Saturday I felt very good but had trouble with the pole straps that went out of the sockets and loads of horse carriages in the park area. Still I did 9 km at 15.3 km/h which was the best roller ski run I had ever done. Home again I sorted things out with the straps […]

En Route to Vasaloppet 2019, day 22-28, Goodbye snow, hello RollerSafe!


Tuesday was the last day on snow for this season up in Orsa Grönklitt. I felt a little better and did 17 km in a relatively relaxed effort at avg. heart rate 158 bpm but 13.6 km/h indicates that the shape is there and that the weakness due to illness and stomach flu was departing. […]

En Route to Vasaloppet 2019, day 18-19… Testing the Madshus Redline IGS, part two.


While it was -10 to -20°C all of February I did not take out the Redline IGS much so I kind of stood my ground on the Redline cold that has proven so excellent for me. Now, however it is -15°C at night and around 0°C at daytime with full sun and blue sky. Perfect […]

En Route to Vasaloppet 2019, day 9-15


First of all I have to thank a lot of people who believed in me. In that it was possible to work my way out of diabetes without using medicine. My long time blood sugar HbA1C is now 46 Mmol/mol (below 48 equals no diabetes)! I am so happy and grateful to all my friends […]

En Route to Vasaloppet 2019, day 1-8

En Route to Vasaloppet 2019, day 1-8


Now begins a new adventure. I am already returning to Orsa Grönklitt for some more snow skiing at Easter. Albeit only for a week, I hope to do some thorough testing of my new Madshus Redline IGS in more optimal temperatures and snow conditions than what was present in the weeks before Vasaloppet when it […]

En Route to Vasaloppet 2018, March 4

En Route to Vasaloppet 2018, March 4


A season of my first races in the long distance cross country classics has come to its conclusion. Yesterday I finished with Vasaloppet 2018 (results for Sockertoppen IF) as number 7508 in the time 8h37m29s. I felt I could have done better as my finish time of both Kortvasan 2:28:09 and Halvvasan 3:42:49 suggested that I […]

En Route to Vasaloppet, day 343-346


The fourth long distance race of 2018 for me started today at 9:00 A.M. in Oxberg as I was in place for start in the first group for Halvvasan 45 km. The weather conditions were rough -11°C. Wind from North – East meaning head to sidewind from about km 8 and the chill factor to […]

En Route to Vasaloppet 2018, day 342


What a great day. From start at Oxberg – Mora, Kortvasan 30 km in 2:27:37. The best 30 km classical ski run I have done. I had it in me to do better but I held back a bit since I am going to participate in Halvvasan on Tuesday. Marcus Laggar of Lager 157 Ski […]

En Route to Vasaloppet 2018, day 330-334


Been training short distances in order to recover from the Marathon last weekend but today I went out for a half marathon on a similar path to the race track. I did pretty well. Just about as my first lap in Grönklitt Marathon, 12 km/h. Interestingly it seems I am getting better though as I […]

En Route to Vasaloppet, day 329


Grönklitt Ski Marathon is well over for me but with a bit of mixed feelings. I haven’t been training for the past four weeks since my dad came home from hospital with a cancer diagnose and passed away only 4 days after. He should have been here with us today… Sometimes life sucks. Suffice to […]

En Route to Vasaloppet, day 285-300, The first big test! AXA Skimarathon


In the ever ongoing battle against type II diabetes I was a bit disappointed in my finish time at the Orsa Christmas Marathon the 27th of December plus I DNF’ed at the roller ski race of Kongevejsløbet in Denmark in the fall falling out of the time restriction by about two minutes. It made me […]

En Route to Vasaloppet 2018, day 284. Testing the Madshus Redline IGS.


Ran the Orsa Grönklitt Julemarathon today. After an all night with 30 cm new snow it was amazing that they even got a working set of tracks for this competition. Marcus Laggar från Längdcentrum at Orsa Grönklitt let me test the Madshus Redline IGS for this race but when we were to start at 10 […]

En Route to Vasaloppet 2018, day 283


Today it has been snowing all day! I did go 10 km though. When doing so it is quite pleasing to find this one out in the snowscape.   One little note about Apple AirPods. I have been wearing them while cross country skiing and even when I face plummeted the other day on a […]

En Route to Vasaloppet, day 262-279


I know… I have been absent for a while but I have been busy. I was in Sweden in the middle of December running  a total of 120 km on classic skis in five days. It started out good with a test run of 20 km at avg. speed 12.6 km/h and a new personal […]

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, 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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, 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 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 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 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 […]