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 16-23


  “When I was a child I caught a fleeting glimpse Out of the corner of my eye I turned to look but it was gone I cannot put my finger on it now The child is grown The dream is gone” My life revolved around these lyrics for many many years while wandering in […]

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 335-341


Been a great week here in Orsa Grönklitt and Fryksås. I am going to write more once I get past this evening. Tomorrow is the next big day as I am going to Oxberg to participate in the first Vasalopp challenge for me this year, Kortvasan, 30 km from Oxberg to Mora. Thanks to Marcus […]

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 2018, day 301-312


Heartbroken… After a short outbreak of cancer my dad, Erik Immanuel Roved, died Saturday, January the 20th, 2018. It came as a chock to me. He had a case of pneumonia in December but as he weakened over Christmas it became clear that something else was at play. Unfortunately we did not get the cancer […]

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 280-282


Well well, been training good up here in winter wonderland (better known as Orsa Grönklitt) In two days I have a training marathon to participate in. Looking forward to it. Courtesy of ‘Längdshopen’, situated right at the snow tracks in Orsa Grönklitt, I was allowed to test a pair of Madshus Redline IGS 95+ with […]

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 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 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 […]