One sunny morning (that happened to be yesterday) the reigning world champion in 50k Hans Christer Holund got on his skis and went for a training session.
That went on for 204.3 kilometers. For an average pace of 3.21 min/ km. If that does not impress a skier in you – nothing ever will!
Hans Christer wasn’t alone – a club-mate Johan Tjelle was skiing along and did the same distance. Both run for the metropolitan Lyn Sport club, Norway’s strongest. Tjelle is nothing like a “weekend warrior” himself – in fact, he’s currently 59th in the FIS Distance ratings (Holund is 4th).
Naturally, we felt like asking Hans Christer why? And also How, What etc.
Here, in his own words:
– I was just interested to see how far I could ski in a day 😉 . The plan was 150km, but then it was “only” 50km to 200 😝
– We could haw probably continued longer if we didn’t run out of food and water 😝
-It was skating and some double poling.
– We had some short stops to eat and drink. But we tried to ski “fast and light”, and keep the weight of the backpack as light as possible.
-The Hoka backpack I was using is made for ultra running, but works fine for skiing as well. I drank Fanta and Sponser sport drink and had some candy and a burger left over from the dinner the day before and ate a solid breakfast of corn and bread.
– Used Swix Marathon wax.
– No, I don’t have time for these kind of sessions in a normal season.It takes to much energy.
– How do I feel this morning? Sore 😂