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I am back - in shape and in St.Moritz

On the 9th of June I did my comeback in Bergen. I was very nervous before the race and I hoped to walk 1.32 and qualify for the European Championship. It was the national championship and a nations match against Latvia, Lithuania and Sweden. We were very lucky with the race conditions, it was 23 degrees, sunny and very little wind. Stephan told me to start easy and then pass 10km in 46 minutes. I walked 22.58 for the first 5km and then passed 10km in 45.46. I felt fine and Stephan told me to continue in this pace. The next 5km I walked 22.34 and my legs started to be very tired. Still I was able to walk faster the last 5km (22.24) and I finished my first 20km since October 2004 in 1.30:45!!!! I think you all can believe that I was very happy to walk such a time in my comeback, that came more than two months later than planned due to a difficult spring with a bad injury.

After I did my comeback, I was very tired and my muscles were very sore. It was good to have some easy days at home before we went to St.Moritz for altitude training.

It feels very good to be back in St.Moritz. Here it's always good for me to be, I love the nature and I always find inner peace here. St.Moritz is at altitude (1770 meter over sea level), but because of all the high mountains around the valley, I never have a feeling of being in altitude.

We are already ten days in St.Moritz, the time is really flying. My training is coming along very well and I am feeling better every day. Still I am doing some alternative training, instead of running through the beautiful forests in and around St.Moritz. My brother Erik Tysse is also here and yesterday Peter Korcok and Matej Toth from Slovakia came. On Thursday Melanie Seeger from Germany will come, too. Then we will be five race walkers among a lot of international runners. The Norwegian runners Marius Bakken and Bjørnar Kristensen and the Norwegian Canoeing Team, with the Olympic Champion Eirik Veraas Larsen, are also in St.Moritz. On the picture you can see the Canoers, Erik and I before a afternoon workout. The boys went running and I did some alternative training!

©Kjersti Tysse Plätzer