Half way mark at camp kenya

November 22nd, 2014 by

Lisa Norden taking the shiv to the shop

The first two weeks are behind us and the Kenyan air is starting to feel easier to negotiate.

Many have been asking about the fair amount of trainer sessions we have ticked off. And fair enough, which sane human being would spend the better of a three week camp in Kenya riding a trainer? Probably not many. But then I never claimed to be sane, and I never had any real problems with trainers.

Going directly from here to Bahrain there was really no other way of doing things than bringing a TT bike along.

A Shiv in Iten fits in just as well as a UFO would back in my hometown Kristianstad… The roads far from suited and the traffic close to suicidal to mix with.

So riding the trainer allowing oneself to be grossed down in Watts and HR’s and minutes isn’t so bad after all.

But of course we don’t only ride trainers up here. We swim and run as well true to the nature of the sport. D-Squad triathletes mixing it  up with British middle distance runners at the HATC camp. Makes for interesting exchanges.

Like a conversation overheard at the pool:

“Why do they train so much? Is that because they never go really fast…?”

Fair enough when you compare our training to olympic 800m finalists… No we aren’t very fast, but yes we do train quite a bit.

At least give us that.

Every once and a while we do get a half day break from the coach. The other day we all squeezed into a mattatu (Kenyan word for a overcrowded very run down minivan) and went down to Eldoret. Civilisation in terms of a big supermarket fulfilled everyones wish lists. Pegs for the washing line, instant coffee, diet coke,  and a various selection of different snack foods. Maybe the occasional chocolate.

Smiling faces and sugar filled bloodstreams. Bliss.


Now lets finish this next phase, smash the legs just enough for them to take me through that half IM race in the end of the tunnel.

The end of a tunnel which is associated with a five star hotel, big shopping malls, spa treatment and a massive belated birthday celebration…

And yes, a four hours and a bit of hard work…

I think I will need every bit of the remaining 8 days to survive them hours…


D-Squad on a fieldtrip

Lisa Norden and Jodie Stimpson chilling at the pool

Lisa Norden and Jodie Stimpson

Back for more in Kenya

November 16th, 2014 by

Lisa Norden riding up Kiero Valley

It’s been a while now.

I’ve been here twice before, 2009 and 2010 both times with Darren and parts of the D-squad.

Most memorable from the first trip was my 24th birthday which I celebrated in the Eldoret hospital. The 2nd year around I had torn my calf the day before flying out and spent most time altitude rehabbing.

So third time around I’m hoping it’s going to be that perfect base block you need to get into the system prior the season.

Iten is a small town in the Rift Valley known for it’s many world class runners. It’s on 2400m altitude and makes training quite hard for someone born in a town on -2m (Kristianstad is the lowest point of sweden – true fact).

I came up here a week ago together with Jodie Stimpson and Jess Broderick. Jodie and myself have been teaming up with training as we both have put our names down for the Challenge Bahrain half ironman race the 6th of December. The rest of the squad has been trickling in during the last couple of days, but none of them will spend time on the trainers doing TT-specific stuff on their TT bikes…

Really a TT bike might not be the best choice of bike coming out here. Something like a hard tale would be ideal for these hard packed gravel roads and forest trails. But what do you do…? Instead of bringing two bikes we brought a couple of trainers, and will train our ability to stare into space as much as our legs.

Luckily there is this beautiful asfalt road down the Kiero valley which will give us a well needed break from the concrete area outside our living quarters. The key to keep us sane I reckon…

Lisa Norden Jodie Stimpson



It’s cycle cross time of year

October 12th, 2014 by

Photo: Anne Eide-Jensen

Photo: Anne Eide-Jensen

It’s been a while.

One year is a long time and last time I really rode my CX bike was at National Champs in november last year. Now is the time when there are plenty of training races, training opportunities and also big real races around to choose from. I won’t be able to compete at Nationals this year as I’ll be in Kenya on a running camp. At the moment I’m in a really heavy swim block to prepare for next year with a big emphasis to improve and shape up my stroke.

I had a window yesterday, a bike session, some good weather and a CX training race on offer. It’s the most fun thing I have done in a while.

The combination of breathing my lungs out, having to focus 100% on what I’m doing and racing others in a beautiful autumn  sun beats a lot of other things.

It scares me  (a little) and I don’t have the best skills (understatement…) but I really really like it…

Anna Eide-Jensen was out on the course snapping some pictures yesterday. Here is a select few from her album.

Photo: Anne Eide-Jensen

Photo: Anne Eide-Jensen

Photo: Anne Eide-Jensen

Photo: Anne Eide-Jensen

Photo: Anna Eide-Jensen

Photo: Anna Eide-Jensen