We are the chosen, and a very proud supplier to our friends on the Norwegian XC team. Our headlamps help the team optimize and extend their training sessions. With athletes like Johannes Høsflot Klæbo, Emil Iverson, Hans-Christer Holund, Martin Jonsrud Sundby, Ragnhild Haga, Ingvild Flugstad østberg, Heidi Weng og Therese Johaug, they are the world's most outstanding XC-team.
QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
WITH COORDINATOR & COACH ULF MORTEN AUNE
Why did you choose SILVA as a supplier?
SILVA has the most broad and best product range on the market, making it easy to choose SILVA year after year.
What are your favorite SILVA products?
Our waxing team and our athletes have different needs when it comes to light output, all depending
on the activity and their whereabouts. So it really depends on the individual's needs, some of our athletes
go by the saying "less is more"; they want the lightweight headlamps with longer battery time.
But thanks to SILVA's broad range, there is a headlamp for everyone.
What types of training does the team do?
Rollerskis and running, are usually 50/50. Hiking in rough mountain terrain is excellent training for cross-country skiers as well.
Kayaking is also a terrific type of training. All kinds of biking, both road cycling & MTB. During pre-season training the team varies
when it comes to different types of training, but it is usually cardio and weight training.
How does the team train during the dark season?
It gets pretty dark in the northern part of Europe during the autumn and winter months. The team trains twice a day, they run with or without poles
and rollerski. Since they need to rest between each session they also train during the evening and therefore, need a headlamp. We train in high-altitude
and without a rear visibility headlamp, it can get dangerous. Nowadays the headlamps are so comfortable and lightweight but still have a great light
output. Without headlamps our athletes can't train when it's dark, so when it comes to their progress the headlamp has had a positive impact.
Do you have any specific advice when it comes to training in the dark?
Like all other equipment, take care of it. Make sure it's up to date and that you have as much battery time you need, depending on your activity.
Always wear a rear visibility headlamp and a reflective vest. If you are out skiing or running in the woods, use as little light output as possible in order
to really feel the nature around you and experience the silence. If you are a group of people training together, it's enough light for the person in the front
and the person in the back to have a headlamp. When training with a headlamp you don't need illuminated ski tracks, you can train wherever the snow has fallen.
What are your top five tips for someone who wants to start cross-country skiing?
1. Find the best equipment for you. The equipment doesn't have to be the most expensive,
but it has to be correct when it comes to your physics and level.
Avoid too long of poles or poorly waxed skis. When the equipment is correct you have more fun.
2. Make a deal with a friend. When you are on your own, it's easier to make excuses
to not train that day.
3. Set realistic goals. Don't aim too high and don't see your training as a must; have fun instead.
The ingenious with cross-country skiing is that you use every part of your body and the risk of getting injured is low.
Your heart, lungs, and every muscle will thank you.
4. Focus on shorter sessions more often instead of longer but fewer sessions. You are more kind to your
body if you spread out your training sessions instead of training like a maniac during the weekends.
5. Invest in a great headlamp. Then you can train after work or school during the darker months.
Favorite destination when it comes to cross-country skiing?
It's so different depending on what you are looking for. For me it's places and locations that a relation to, where you have been
before and had an amazing experience. Davos in Switzerland is my personal favorite. Even my body knows when I'm back in Davos, it kind of
gets shivers. In the team we train in the same locations each year, each athlete has their individual feelings with each place - some may have a favorite hill, while
someone else may have a favorite terrain. So it's not a specific place or location, more specifically favorite memories and experiences. It's a true joy
that we have the right to be outdoors and out in nature. Nature is our companion, it's magical.