20 Thoughts on Norway Camp

As usual, my thoughts have run away from me again. Here’s a stream of consciousness approach to what I’m thinking of our camp in Norway so far:

1. Time change really sucks. I feel like I’m either sleepwalking through breakfast, or I’m just a little bit drunk. Hmmm. Definitely sleepwalking.

Grover and Cork. All business.
Grover and Cork. All business.

2. Ready for training! Man, the coaches look pro today.

One of these things is not like the others...it's ok, we still love all of them.
One of these things is not like the others…it’s ok, we still love all of them.

3. Oh, wait. Matt, you’re taking business casual to the next level.

Headed down the hill (photo by Noah)
Headed down the hill (photo by Noah)

4. I loooooooove the fjords! This is such fun skiing! It swoops up and down and around, and the air smells just fishy enough to make me more tolerant of people who bring tuna sandwiches to lunch.

Simi and I deciding we should probably jump in (photo by Sophie)
Simi and I deciding we should probably jump in (photo by Sophie)

5. Wow, it’s hot and sunny out! Kikkan said it’s not too cold….but should I really believe an Alaskan? (for the record? It was FREEZING cold!)

Matt and Liz really getting into it (photo by Noah)
Matt and Liz really getting into it (photo by Noah)

6. Pretty sure that horsefly just took a dime-sized hole out of my leg. OUCH! That’s it! NO MORE BOG RUNNING!

Kikkan, Sophie and I at the halfway point (photo from Soph)
Kikkan, Sophie and I at the halfway point (photo from Soph)

7. Cliche jumping photo time! YESSSSS. I love these photos.

Matt getting his lift on. Grover watches in shock. (photo from Noah)
Matt getting his lift on. Grover watches in shock. (photo from Noah)

8. Gym time. Ok, muscles: I command you to grow.

Rolling along a lake with Soph (photo from Noah)
Rolling along a lake with Soph (photo from Noah)

9. Time for another roller ski. Huh. This pattern would probably feel repetitive if I wasn’t traveling all the time and training in beautiful places. Good thing the World Cup moves every week!

Running behind schedule...or testing out Noah's camera "burst" function? You decide. (photo from Noah)
Running behind schedule…or testing out Noah’s camera “burst” function? You decide. (photo from Noah)

10. Hey, wait up guys! Waaaaaait for meeeeeeeee! (why am I always running behind?)

Post-speed workout (photo from Noah)
Post-speed workout (photo from Noah)

11. Not sure how they move so fast, but Sophie and Kikkan are incredibly good at speeds!

Liz, Simi, Sophie, Me, Kikkan, Andy (photo from Noah)
Liz, Simi, Sophie, Me, Kikkan, Andy (photo from Noah)

12. Day off of training! Time for a fishing trip! Why, yes, I WILL hold an “I love Aure” sign. Because it’s not a lie – I really do love this place! That was so nice of the Toppidrettsveka organizers to set up this fun day for us! What a great group of people.

Happy to be on the water!
Happy to be on the water!

13. Ok, ok…who’s going to be the first once to get up to the front and say the cheesy “Titanic” line? Somebody’s gotta do it.

Liz checking out the little mackerel!
Liz checking out the little mackerel!

14. Wow, I wonder what the inside of a fish’s mouth looks li….GEEZ GROSS GET THAT AWAY FROM ME LIZ!

Simi with his monster fish
Simi with his monster fish
Sim chopping the head off his big fish
Sim chopping the head off his big fish

15. Yay! We finally caught some fish! Wonder if they’re going to smack it over the head to kill it?

…No?…

Oh, wow. We’re going to go right ahead and cut the head off. I can’t watch. I can’t stop watching.

But...where am I supposed to grab it?
Me, unable to grab the fish flopping blood all over poor Andy. (photo from Noah)

16. You know what? I really hope this skiing career works out for me, because I don’t think I could make it as a fisherman.

Soph and me. Happy in the sunshine.
Soph and me. Happy in the sunshine.

17. I think I’ll just hang out in the sun instead. If I don’t catch any more fish, I won’t be able to embarrass myself by being that one person who won’t cut the head off.

18. Time to redeem my lack of guts (fish guts all over my hands, that is). IT’S BRIDGE JUMPIN’ TIME! I’m so scared I can hardly stand it, but that makes it all the more exciting when I finally let go and get to fly for 2 seconds! Andy and Simi sure know how to do flips. Spatial awareness to the max. Someday I’ll have some of that awareness, too. I hope. 🙂

Weeeeeeeeeee! This might be the tallest I've ever been (photo from Noah)
Weeeeeeeeeee! This might be the tallest I’ve ever been (photo from Noah)
Andy, kissing the clouds (photo from Noah)
Andy, kissing the clouds (photo from Noah)
Someone caption this, please. (photo from Noah)
Someone caption Matt’s jump, please. (photo from Noah)

19. The French team is here, and so are the Italians and a Russian! This feels like a World Cup all of a sudden. Also, I may be slower than the French men’s team but at least I can beat them in a card game. Priorities, right?

Soph and I goofing around and enjoying the view! (photo from Cork)
Soph and I goofing around and enjoying the view! (photo from Cork)

20. This morning’s ski was beautiful! I like my back-of-the-pack chats with Sophie, and I also love getting to the top of mountains for the view. Definitely worth the climb.

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