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Mon, Nov  19, 2007 - By Pete Vordenberg -

Lars Flora, Kris Freeman and I in the final week before the first distance world cup...


1 dollar equals 5.48 Norwegian Kroner.  Yes, it's a bright day in Norway...

Sunrise through the cold, humid air of Beitostolen, Norway.  We have a 10 minute walk from our apartment to the ski stadium.  I head down a little early to prep the skis the Kris and Lars.  It's a nice walk.

Crude Oil is selling for $93.  Norway is the worlds 3rd top exporter of oil.  Here is a little cabin on trek down to skiing.  This town boasts 450 permanent inhabitance yet there are thousands of vacations cabins.  Man, they're even driving escalades over here and the price at the pump makes our 3 bucks a gallon look quite a deal.

This the landscape of the area.  Here the race trail dives down a steep hill hangs a 180 and heads straight back up the hill.  It's about a 2minute steady and steep (solid V1) climb.  This descent follows a rolling uphill of about a km in length.

This is 2/3rds of Kris' breakfast.  It is a pile of oatmeal covered in yogurt covered in musli.  If you are gonna burn fuel, you better have some fuel to burn.  This breakfast came before an interval session.  The day after that was a 5hour ski.  You should have seen that breakfast!

Here Kris is about 3/4 of the way up the longest, steepest hill on the course.

Kris on the rolling section of course.  Lars Flora, Kris and I arrived Norway about a week ago.  We are living a good life of skiing over here.  Training has been solid with some good long skis, intervals, strength and your basic distance outing.  And this...

This is the light at the end of the tunnel.  The race season is here!

(vordenberg images)

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