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Sunday, November 24, 2002

Biggest mistake? Training log on the internet


The great Norwegian skier, Thomas Alsgaard, said that one of his biggest mistakes was putting his training log on the internet. Here is a bit of an interview from the Swedish newspaper Expressen:

People expect me to be out on the ski trails all the time. I often have to explain why I drive a rally car. A lot of people think it would show I was serious if I only focused on skiing.

Regrets the internet training log

Alsgaard talks about his biggest mistake: putting a training diary on the internet.

Everytime I had a day off, a reported called and wondered what was wrong. Because I didn't train, they wondered if I was sick. Sponsors wanted to know what I wsa doing and private people asked if I needed help.

I appreciate that people take an interest. They care about the sport and the skiers. But, it is also difficult that they don't trust me. If I can be left alone -- train how I want and drive a rally care when I feel like it -- then things usually go well.

I don't regret having my training on the internet. But, reading the article made me think about some of the different audiences that people who record their training at Attackpoint seem to be writing for. Some seem to write for a general audience. Some seem to be writing notes to themselves. Some seem to write for a specific small group (maybe their friends or clubmates). Of course, some seem to write the absolute minimum -- writing for no audience?

posted by Michael | 8:20 PM


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