Sport: Cross Country Skiing
Our friends since: 2013
THE NORWEGIAN XC-TEAM
The World's Most Outstanding XC-team
We are the chosen – and a very proud – supplier to our friends in the Norwegian XC-team. Our headlamps helps the team to optimize and extend their training sessions. With profiles like Marit Bjørgen, Heidi Weng, Therese Johaug, Martin Jonsrud Sundby, Sjur Røthe, Maiken Caspersen Falla and Ingvild Flugstad Østberg, they are the world’s most outstanding XC-team.
A talk with Ulf Morten Aune
The Coordinator & Coach
Why did you choose SILVA as a supplier?
SILVA has the most broad and best product range on the market, so it’s easy to choose SILVA year after year.
What are your favourite SILVA-product?
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’s quite individually. Some of our athletes go by the therme ‘less is more’, they want the lightweight headlamps. And if they are out for longer runs they need a headlamp with longer battery time. But thanks to your broad range, there is a headlamp for everyone.
What type of training does the team do?
Rollerskis and running. It’s 50/50. And hiking in rough mountain-terrain is excellent training for cross-country-skiers. Kayaking is a also a terrific type of training. All kind of biking, both road cycling and MTB. During the pre-season training the team varies when it comes type of training, both cardio and weight training.
How do the team train during the dark season?
It gets pretty dark in the northern part of Europe during the autumn and the winter. The team trains twice a day, they run with or without poles and they use rollerskis. Since they need to rest between each session they also train during the evening and therefore they need a headlamp. Often we train on high-altitude and without a headlamp and a rear visibility lamp it can get dangerous. Nowadays the headlamps are comfortable, lightweight and they still have a great light output. Without the headlamps our athletes can’t train when it’s dark, so when it comes to their progress the headlamp has have an 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 that it’s up to date and that you have as much battery time you need depending on your activity. Always wear a rear visibility lamp 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 that the person in front and in the back have the light on. When training with a headlamp you don’t need illuminated ski tracks, you can train whereever the snow has fallen.
What are your top-5-advice to someone who wants to start with 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 poles or poorly waxed skis. When the equipment is correct you have more fun aswell.
2. Make a deal with a friend. When on your own, it’s easier to make up excuses when not having a training partner.
3. Set realistic goals. Don’t aim to high and don’t see your training as a must, instead have fun. 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 weekends.
5. Invest in a great headlamp. Then you can train when your workday or schoolday has finished during the darker period.
Favourite 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 which you have a relation to, where you have been before and have had a amazing experience from. Davos in Switzerland is my personal favourite. Even my body knows when I’m back in Davos, it kind of shivers. In the team we train on the same locations each year, each athlete have their individual feelings regarding each place – someone may have a favourite hill while another have a favourite terrain. So it’s not a specific place or location, more specific memories and experiences. It’s a true joy that we have the right to be outdoors, out in the nature. The nature is our companion, it’s magical.
– 45 minutes in the XC-ski tracks is an investment in life quality.
– Ulf Morten Aune