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The crucial training session for Frida Karlsson

The Swedish cross-country ski star has a unique training session that she believes is an ace in the run-up to the World Championships 2025.

Photo: Modica/NordicFocus

Frida Karlsson (SWE) racing at the 2023 World Championships in Planica.

Frida Karlsson won four medals this winter out of four possibilities during the World Championships in Planica. Now, the 23-year-old Swedish is preparing for more highlights during the winter. 

The upcoming season has no major championships (Winter Olympics or World Championships). Still, for Karlsson to prepare well for the 2025 World Championships in Trondheim, the Tour de Ski and the World Cup are important goals for the 2023/2024 season. 

July is traditionally a non-training camp month for the national team skiers, and it’s also one of the periods with the most considerable training volume, where athletes train from 80 to well over 100 hours.

Karlsson is back to her roots, spending the summer at home. 

During summer, where do you most like to train?  

“I love home in the summer, and in Sweden, Sollefteå is home,” says Karlsson, who is returning to the Swedish national team. 

Being able to train more at home was also one of the main reasons Karlsson and Maja Dahlqvist chose to stay out of the national team last year.

Read More: Karlsson and Dahlqvist out of the Swedish National Team

Frida believes her hometown is a paradise for cross-country skiers. 

“I believe that Sollefteå has perfect training conditions and a training environment. And I have a lot of sessions there that I run to measure progression and how I’m doing,” says Karlsson.

What is your favorite training session at this time of year?  

“I have a long interval session that I have run on the roller ski track in Sollefteå for the past two years. It’s three times 16 kilometers of skating (three laps of the roller ski track) with my coach Per (Nilsson). We call this the 50km session, and I feel like I will enjoy that session now with the new distances.”

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Paying attention to recovery

With a lot of training and many training sessions to be completed during the summer, Karlsson is also careful about recovery. 

“What do I do between sessions in the summer? Nothing! I’m chilling, she says in a talk with Swix. 

For the Swedish athlete, finding the balance between training, recovery, and nutritional intake is a task she takes seriously. 

Since last year, Karlsson, one of an increasing number of endurance athletes, has been using a digital blood sugar meter, the same as used for diabetics. The technology gives her even better control over when and how much she must eat to maintain her energy balance.

Are you on track with training for next season?  

“The training is good, and it’s nice to train. That’s usually a good sign,” concludes Frida Karlsson. 

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