Grown up in a smaller Swedish town I was the typical horse girl who was good at sport. I rode my bike everywhere (most times quicker than the bus) and learnt about hard work and responsibility in the stable. I wanted to go places with my competing but with limited finances horseriding proved to be a difficult venue.
In the summer of 2000 I rode my bike to Italy together with my mum. The day she turned 40 we put our feet in the Mediterranean having been on the bike for 19 days, most of these in a heavy rain... I had an old steel bike 5 sizes to big, gears down on the frame and bags attached both front and back. It did the work, but I can't say I was sold on the sport.
The turnaround was a few weeks after the return to Sweden when I signed up for a local triathlon event in my hometown. I had to breastswim all the 400m in the pool and was 2nd last out of the water... With a solid bike base in my legs I managed to overtake a whole bunch of people and win my age group.
Another year down the road my horse got injured and I made the decision to learn to swim and put some more time into my own training. This paid off and in 2002 I won the Swedish Junior Champs, the Nordic Junior Champs and qualified for Europeans. FUN! Finally I found a sport where you get rewarded for your training and commitment , not by the size of your familys wallet. ]
I still have all my family and friends back in Sweden. The horses are swoped for dogs but my mum is still active and have done three IM's since the cycling trip to Italy.
I'm currently based in Australia training with Darren Smith, my coach since 2007. I'm living the dream, riding my bike and training hard day after day. My ultimate goal is to found out how good I can be and how fast I can get.
The challenge will be to time this with the day if the triathlon event in London 2012...
gearing up for KitzbühelJune 22, 2012
It's been some ups and downs in the Norden life lately.
Last years low was the inflammation in my flexor hallicus longus - that made me sit out a large chunk of racing mid season.
And saw me spend a lot of time with the Irish physical therapist and gury Gerard Hartmann.
That was then quickly forgotten after the win in Hy-Vee, LA and Dallas and the 4th place in the World Championship Series Finals. A HUGE up part.
I came back down to face a muscle tear in my right calf. Rehabbed and spent a lot of time reestablish the base I had missed out the previous year.
The form wasn't quite there and I came in a bit underdone to the first WC/WCS races in Mooloolaba and Sydney. Only to face another muscle tear a couple of days after the Sydney event.
The roller coaster of life I guess.
There will always be up and downs, and there is no way of telling how big they will be - or how long they will last.
But I have finally found myself in a happy place.
Where training has been un interrupted and the body is responding nicely.
I had to sit out the San Diego race due to my calf tear - but added Kitzbühel to the program instead.
Thats where I am right now, with my feet up happily resting my tired limbs.
The bike is once again shiny from an overhaul by Paddy and the specialized guys on site.
The 404's on and the tribars clipped on. The chain and cassette cleaner than the bathroom mirror.
I can't guarantee any fireworks for tomorrow - but I definitely think that there will be glimpses of "old lisa" out on the race course.
I'm thinking the bike will be solid... and lots of my competitors legs will feel the strain going out on the run....
Time to test where things are at.
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