The Visma Ski Classics podcast Orsa2Levi, hosted by Teemu Virtanen, takes you to Croatia where Team Kaffebryggeriet is having their three-week training camp. The podcast talks with the team captain and Pro Team athlete Vetle Thyli. Vetle shares his thoughts on training, the importance of a long camp at this time of the year, and his goals for the new season.
“Our training camp is this long because a lot of the key sessions that we want to have in this period can be quite difficult in Lillehammer, where we are based, due to the weather. In Lillehammer, it can be tough to have these five-hour double-poling sessions that we want to have in October. We have also found so many nice routes and roads here in Croatia, and we really like it here,” Vetle says on the podcast.
On the episode, Vetle tells us more about the camp and their workouts in different weeks and what they want to achieve with these specific sessions. He also looks back on his career and ponders the fact that he has been so close to the podium in many races, but Lady Luck hasn’t been on his side.
“Like Vasaloppet last year, I felt so strong from the beginning and I was thinking that this is it finally. Everything went well for 75 kilometers, but when Tord Asle Gjerdalen attacked, I couldn’t follow. At that time, I was still quite determined to keep the chasing group behind me and get the fourth place, but it was the strangest feeling I ever had since I had the best ever race for 75 kilometers and then suddenly it turned really bad. In hindsight, I think I should have had a bit more energy during the race in order to prevent the sudden downfall.”
In addition to skiing, Vetle talks about his life outside of skiing, his job as the team director and what aspirations he has for the future. Orsa2Levi can be heard on all podcast platforms and on the Visma Ski Classics website.