Last Sunday, Matti Heikkinen (FIN), World Champion of the 15 km classic technique in Oslo 2011, took part to the «short distance race» of the Kilian’s Classic, a trail running race hosted in Font-Romeu and named after the strongest trail runner in the World, Kilian Jornet Burgada (ESP), who won the «long distance race» (45 km long and 1700 m of elevation gain) together with Tom Owens and Greg Vollet. Heikkinen instead took part to the «short distance race» (25 km and 900 m of elevation gain) and closed in a good third place, right behind Dimitris Theodorakakos (GRE) and Meshack Kandis (KEN), a runner that will take part also to the next Olympic games in London.
In the meanwhile, in Norway, Therese Johaug (NOR) is trying to change a little bit her main characteristics as an athlete... Everyone knows how good Johaug is on the steepest climbs, nevertheless now the blonde Norwegian wants to enhance her skills also on easier tracks, training specifically on flat courses and using cameras and other technologic resources to analyze her technique and find the way to keep the pace of her main rivals (Bjoergen and Kowalczykz) also when the track is flat.
What about Justyna Kowalczyk? Well, the Polish skier is still recovering from her knee surgery and her entourage says that the recovery is going very well. After some weeks spent in Poland, Kowalczyk is now in Otepaeae (EST) for a hard training period that will see her back on the roller skis. The training stage in Estonia will last for 3 weeks and then, after 1 week of rest in Poland, Justyna will travel to New Zealand for a month of hard training that will shed the basis for her season.