After a rather peculiar day of traveling, including driving on the left side of the road and going with a diesel powered train, we (me, Siw Karlström, Mari Olsson and Lena Tomas) arrived in the medieval town. After a quick evening session and some food I was ready for the next day. As usual the night were followed by another day, the day I had been waiting for. To my disappointment the sun shone and the weather wasn't British at all. I decided though not to let this ruin my day.
The race started and I felt pretty good, unfortunately not for long. It only took a few kilometers before I no longer could keep up the pace I had started of with. As the kilometers went on and the pace continued to decrease, a feeling of disappointment and futility started to grow. I thought about quitting but I decided to continue. Both Mari and Lena had already jumped off their races and I felt a responsibility, as the only swede left, to at least finish the race. I managed to keep the pace for the remaining kilometers and broke the finish line in 1.32.36 incredible disappointed.
This wasn't my day either. The fact that the course wasn't "flat and smooth" at all and that the wind was pretty heavy didn't exactly help me in my pursue of a fast time.
In conclusion, the beginning of this season has been tough and I haven't been able to perform as I want, and know that I can. However, the only thing I can do now is to look forward and focus on the next task which will be the national championships in Borås (my hometown) in July. Until then I will undergo some hard training together with the rest of Nordicboys.
Live long and prosper!