A Day in the Life of…Regina Oja

A Day in the Life of…Regina Oja

Regina Oja just returned home from a 2-plus week camp in central Europe including stops in Ruhpolding and Hochfilzen. After rather mild summer weather, she returned home to Otepää and simply HOT weather, “It was like 33 degrees today and sunny!”

A Day in the Life of…Regina Oja

Easy Training Week in the Heat

Luckily for the young Estonian, training this week was easy, “We had really hard training during our camp for the past 2 weeks, so I have only nine hours this week and one session each day; it is a little bit easier. I am happy that I do not have to train that much this week, because it is really hard. Even though I am not training that much this week, you sweat so much, you have to drink quite a lot, and you feel so heavy. It is quite humid here, so you really feel the heat.”

A Day in the Life of…Regina Oja

Pancakes and Morning TV
With the hot weather persisting, “I got up early and as usual, made breakfast: coffee and tea first. I asked my boyfriend, Kalev Ermits what he wanted; he always wants pancakes so I made pancakes with jam. After that, before training, I watched a little morning television before leaving.”

A Day in the Life of…Regina Oja

Ruhpolding
I left for training after breakfast; a long training was scheduled so I wanted to get it over before it got too hot. It is like tropical weather here; it is really crazy. It was warm in Ruhpolding last week, but with the mountains, I never felt like I do here in Estonia…I think Ruhpolding might be my favorite place!”

A Day in the Life of…Regina Oja
A Day in the Life of…Regina Oja

Shooting, Running and Gym
Luckily, the training was a mixed bag, not all outside under the blazing summer sun. “I was shooting for 1.5 hours and then some running at the stadium. The rest of the day was in the gym, doing strength work and was finished around 12.” She continued, “I think the shooting was the best part. I have a new rifle stock, which was a little hard to get used to. But now, after some adjustments, it feels good and I am making some progress.”

A Day in the Life of…Regina Oja

Pink, Always the Color
Although the warm weather called for the lightest of training apparel, white sports bra and black shorts, the most consistent color in this 22-year-old’s wardrobe, pink was still close at hand. “It is always the color! I missed it today (except for glasses, rifle harness and rifle case). My friends are always joking that I always have something pink on. I say ‘no…’ But every time I look at myself, I do have something pink on me all the time!”

A Day in the Life of…Regina Oja

A long training session even on an easy week means refueling and rest. “We went for lunch and I napped a little bit. I only had about 45 minutes, but it is so warm everywhere and in our apartment. It is hard to sleep, but I tried to rest in front of our small air conditioner and gain some energy.”

A Day in the Life of…Regina Oja

Nails and School
With the day’s training in the books, Oja used the part of the afternoon for some “girl” time. “I had an appointment, to get my nails done in pretty colors, with of course, pink. Then I had to register for university this September, picking what subjects I will take. It is quite complicated since I am not in Estonia that much, so I want to schedule my classes on one day if possible. Half of my classes will be Scandinavian languages and the other half, communications. It is a bit complicated, but it worked well last year.”

A Day in the Life of…Regina Oja
A Day in the Life of…Regina Oja

Stir Fry and Milkshake
With the nails done and school taken care of, Oja’s day started to wind down, with dinner. “We made some stir fry tonight with noodles, vegetables and shrimps. Since it is so hot, we then made a milkshake with ice cream to cool off.”

A Day in the Life of…Regina Oja

Lake Swim
Summer in Estonia in addition to being quite warm also means long days. “After dinner we went to the lake to take a swim. The water is about 27 degrees so it is not that refreshing.” Walking home from the lake, she said, “It is still quite sunny (at 2100). At this time, the sun does not go down until after midnight. When we get home, we might watch a movie and I still have laundry to do from my trip. It will be an easy evening, because it is so warm you do not want to really do anything, so nothing special.”

A Day in the Life of…Regina Oja

End of the Day and a Smile

With the sun still high on the horizon at 21:45, another summer day ended with a smile and one thought, like any other biathlete at this time of year, “Tomorrow is another training day!”

Photos: Regina Oja

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