This blog is a little later than planned and it is about my activities in January! I made it to Norway after my ultramarathon and got used to being on skis again!
I spent two weeks Nordic skiing on this trip. It is like cross country skiing, with thinner skis. The first week we went over our ski technique, waxing our skis and even had a day of alpine. I definitely prefer going uphill.. We covered a good amount of ground daily and it was nice to go on a journey. We carried our backpack which contained warm and wet kit, food (a priority) and a shovel. Falling on my backpack was not so fun, however I did have a lot of practice getting off the floor with skis and my not so light bag!
There was a lot of going up and down hill which was good fitness. The expedition phase included staying in Norwegian huts which were incredible. I got to chop some wood (only the smaller bits that were easy to chop…) and we made a fire. The last day of the expedition phase was a very long hilly 20 miles. I was very happy to come back to some daim cake. I had daim cake for the first time on this trip and it was AMAZING!
We went through other useful skills too such as digging snow holes and avalanche drills with our transceivers too. It gets hot when you’re digging!
Overall, it was great to be back on skis and cover some miles. Next step: add a sled.
My inspirational quote is one that my brother sent me on Instagram:
‘There are people less qualified than you doing the things you want to do, simply because they decide to believe in themselves’
So, my message today is believe in yourself. You are generally capable of so much more than you realise.