A Day in the Life of…Elisabeth Hoegberg
Last season was probably the best in Elisabeth Hoegberg’s career that stretches back to the 2005 IBU YJWCH in Kontiolahti. The Swedish veteran won the IBU Cup Women’s Total Score Crystal Globe as well as the IBU Cup Sprint and Pursuit Globes, the IBU OECH Sprint gold medal, pursuit bronze while still managing to get a handful of BMW IBU World Cup starts.
On the heels of that success, she was back into her familiar routine last week at home in Oestersund as June brought summer to mid-Sweden, filled with warm sunshine and long light-filled days.
“I always set my alarm at 7 am, have breakfast and get to the shooting range by 8:15 to help get the paper targets up and ready for training. For breakfast, I had yogurt with homemade granola, blueberries, coconut flakes and dried mulberries. In the winter, I always eat porridge but in the summer I am not up for that, maybe because it is warm. I save that for the winter.”
After breakfast, it was on to training at the very busy Swedish National Biathlon Arena. “I started shooting at 8:30, with just basic shooting and drills until 9:15. Then I had three hours of skating with two blocks of eight impulses in the middle.”
Plenty of Company; Johanna and Ingela
Although she has her own training plan and private coach, Hoegberg finds plenty of company, spending her training sessions with both cross-country skiers and the Swedish A and B team biathletes. “Since no one is having camps out of the country, there are more people than ever training here. I had planned to go to Norway and train with Ingela (Andersson) at her camps, but that cannot happen now. Most of the time I train with Johanna Skottheim; Ingela my usual “partner in crime” when it comes to biathlon is not here.”
Nap Time on the Sofa
After a long morning of rollerskiing, “I was home at about 12:30 for lunch. It is nice weather now in Oestersund; it is not 20 degrees that often so I spent some time outside in the sun, eating lunch. After that I took a one-hour nap on the sofa instead of the bed. Even though it is light, I have no problem sleeping, but I do have a problem getting up. If I was in the bed, it could be easily two hours, so the sofa is my nap spot.”
Free afternoon: Thinking of Moose Hunting
A three-hour plus morning session was the only training planned for the day. “There was no afternoon training, which was nice on such a perfect summer day. After my lunch and nap I really did not do anything else, just enjoyed being outside. Most other afternoons this summer, I am studying for the hunting license exam. I hope to shoot my first moose in September. My dad just turned 60 so I gave him a gift of a two-day guided moose hunting trip on a large (16,000 hectares) preserve owned by one of my sponsors. Hopefully we will both get a moose!”
Dinner and Lake Swimming
June in Sweden means long days with sunset close to 11 pm leaving plenty of time for some summer fun. “When my boyfriend came home from work we went out to the lake at around five, to a special place along the water where almost everyone goes when it is nice out. Even though it was only about 16 or 17 degrees, I went in the water and then got out very quickly! We cooked dinner there: reindeer, cooked with mushrooms, chili, rice and cream. It was so good; everything tastes so much better when you eat outside!”
“After dinner we went paddle boarding. It is not very often that it is calm on the lake, so when it is, you have to be out there. I just went out and enjoyed the view. I did the same thing a few days ago; it is so nice go out there and see the mountains still covered in white on the horizon. Days like that are the best parts of summer in Sweden.”
“The Best Job”
With the spectacular summer day ending and a new training day on the horizon, the 33-year-old Hoegberg headed home, reflecting on her long career and the biathlon lifestyle.
“It is funny to be on the IBU Cup talking to the other girls; they were like 3 years old when I did my first World Cup. I love training, I love competing and I love biathlon so it is hard to stop. Since I feel younger and better every year, I see no reason to stop. Although I see the end of my career coming, it is still fun. I have the best job…”
Photos: IBU/ Christian Manzoni, Elisabeth Hoegberg