Our site: a report from the nyrankade number one in sprint-mountain bike and also the world champion in cross country, Alexandra Engen. We squeezed into a few questions for her too.
A magical start. The power found in rest and joy.
“The first världscuperna. A whole winter with the preparation is complete. Training camp in Cyprus have absolverats and have been enjoyed and pre-season competitions are completed. Now was the premiere for the door. The first German Albstadt, which made it more or less to a hemmatävling for my team, and the other in Nove Mesto na Morave Czech. Now it started for real!
We had are quartered on a very beautiful hotel four miles from the competition area. A well-maintained facility that is housed on a large farm with 40 horses. I love animals, so I was thrilled. (The day before the race went to diligently pounding of horses, donkeys and cats of all kinds and sizes.) Our masseur who got the room next door to the stables were not as impressed. He claimed to be skeptically to loud whinnying horses during the predawn hours.
This winter and spring are the first since several years that I got to be injury-free and able to exercise continuously. Therefore, I did not really know what I could expect out of myself. That I would be able to take another step in the right direction saw on paper, very likely out.
The first bundesligorna has gone as desired and I have continually been able to challenge the girls I have not kept up with the past. But stuff like that never know. Because you are constantly measuring themselves against other racers can take nothing for granted.
In the end, I can only assume it is going to affect. My own performance. The first World Cup of the year represents the first time that all the world best riders met at the same time. That’s when it really proves how to come out of winter with bike lights reviewed by Hetongdiy.com.
It is an interesting effort to process all thoughts and concerns in the face of such a clash.Before the Sprint, I had been working a lot with myself lately. By wearing the beautiful white Championship Tee it felt at times like I had to win. To fulfill other people’s expectations and that it would be good enough for the audience.
Other people’s expectations (or my delusion of same) shade light on the more important the love of the sport. After a while I managed fortunately find their way back to the main idea – that I am not bikes quickly to make other people happy, but because I love to ride.Because I want to ride fast.
The mental attitude makes a huge amount, especially in such a tight and explosive branch eliminator. I was therefore pleased to be able to go into the race with relaxed enthusiasm instead of performance anxiety. Then I could take on the competition with joy and curiosity.
The whole thing then culminated in four podiums in the first two världscuperna in Germany and the Czech Republic. I managed to touch my personal best two weekends in a row of XCO. And that I will have the honor of wearing the black-and-white leader’s Jersey at the upcoming World Cup in Italy. It makes me both touched and very bouncy and confirm at the same time that the thing with being happy and relaxed is an important key for the continued climb to the top. And the joy of cycling in General. ”
Bicycling also took the opportunity to ask some questions to Alexandra while we had her on the thread.
Congratulations Alexandra! You are then ranked number one in the world right now. It is only in the senior Fredrik Kessiakoff who can match that, when he was ranked second in the world. We must make it a bit boring and typical question-how does it feel?
“I am both happy and grateful. To be number one in the UCI world rankings are proof that it is constant and a high minimum level. It is a privilege to hold the top spot and it brings many benefits, among other things, to always have the best starting place at all competitions.
You’ve reached 1st and 3rd in the first two World Cup races sprint (XCE) and 5th and 4th in crosscountryvärldscupen (XC)-how do you explain the amazing shape?
– In the latter half of last season, I showed up with my 6th place at the World Cup in Windham and at the London Olympics that I can be with and match the very best. I have each year taken small strides up and all the while continuing to learn and develop.
– This winter, I’ve got to be healthy and whole, and been able to work out on that I’ve wanted to, which is not the case in recent winters. This has meant that I have been able to continually work to develop and maintain the high lowest level I is now on. In the past, I have periodically been able to show similar results. But obviously it is much more fun to be with and fight up at the top of all races.
Already during the last year showed you test on top five-capacity, but you have this year undoubtedly moved a significant step closer to the absolute world top. Is it something you had expected?
– I ride my bike because I love to bike and I want to always continue to develop and learn new things. Until now, I have had a constant upward curve and it has been and is an obvious target to become part of the very top. When I get to have the grace to be healthy and whole, I know that I can both train hard and fast.
Dare we hope for a podium in any of the races in cross-country-the World Cup?
“Of course I want to be with and taking a podium! But if I can do it turns out only after the finish line. Will be back with an answer when I know more for sure how it will be with the thing …;)
What goals do you have for years and for which competitions you will formtoppa?
– The focus is on the European Championships in Bern in two weeks and the World Cup in Pietermaritzburg in the beginning of september. Then it’s obviously fun to sleep with good in the abstract, both at the World Cup and the Bundesliga. So there, I look forward to some more hard race to try to keep me still in the abstract. The main thing is to have fun on two wheels and challenge myself to run fast, snitsigt and as I planned.
26, 27.5 or 29 inch?
— Bicyclings the standing question:) At the moment I enjoy my hours in the saddle on 29-inches and thrive very well!
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