Best test ever….

I got up early today to get ready for another test at the TIS (Top Athletics Center) on the treadmill there. It was a quiet morning, and I got in there two hour before they opened. The only one there was Ådne Søndrål (Olympic Speed Skating Champion…

1998), who came at the very end of the test. Outside, it was snowing, so even though I felt sleepy and tired, I managed to motivate myself for the test. And what a test it would be 🙂

I have done close to 200 tests over the last 3 years of this type. It is a very simple test of a series of intervalls at a gradually faster pace. The test is close to a normal training session, so it does not interfer with my regular training but it is simply a part of it. My heart rate was incredibly low on the warm up – almost 15 beats lower than normal (which is huge for an elite athlete). I started up the test, and as I progressed I could not believe what kind of speed I was running at – and how low my lactic acid and heart rate was. The curve was almost dead flat – as I ran faster and faster, my lactic acid and heart rate just very slowly got higher. I ended up breaking my old “all time best” test (or the “Ghost Session” like Frank Evertsen used to call it – because it seemed like a once in a lifetime day and test, that I have never even been close to after….until today- and we always used to talk about that special test as something strange 🙂 )

I think this is the first time in at least half a year I have been 100 % satisfied with the result of a session….I am a perfectionist, and I ALWAYS find something I could have done better. Today I cannot find one single thing. The altitude training and the work I have been done came 100 % together – strange for February, but a good indication that I am on the right track. So I will be satisfied for a day or two now, until I have a rough session again – and get more things to systematically think about and solve 🙂