Commuting one hour between his wife and two kids and his hectic work schedule at DÆHLIE, doesn’t leave much spare time. Yet, he is constantly ranked near at the top of the results, whether ski racing, running, cycling, duathlon or triathlon. He logs 40 to 45 kilometers of running and between seven and nine hours of training a week. Far less than most of his competitors.
“My limited time forces me to be effective, which means I have to do a fair amount of interval training”, Wermskog says, adding that this training form means he has to listen closely to what his body tells him. “I am careful not to overdo it, and adjust the training to my level of energy and minor body aches”, he says.
My limited time forces me to be effective, which means I have to do a fair amount of interval training
- Jarle Wermskog
As a kid, Wermskog was into soccer, cross-country skiing, ski jumping and athletics. From age 16, he was an active competition bicyclist. However, when he completed his degree as a physical therapist, he dropped the cycling. He continued training, though, and did the occasional amateur competition on the ski tracks or road racing. In 2015, he started doing triathlon.
“It is a fantastic way to do diverse training. You take full advantage of the seasons and your environment. At the same time, your body gets a varied workload. The feeling of mastering three disciplines in one competition is very rewarding”, he says.
Jarle during Norseman Xtreme Triathlon 2018 wearing DÆHLIE Team Wear. Photo: Per-Eivind Syvertsen.
The challenge is the Holy Grail, but doing the job it takes to get there is the fun part
- Jarle Wermskog
Last year he did his first Ironman 70.3.; 1.9 kilometers of swimming in open ocean, 90 kilometers of bicycling, followed by a half marathon. Backbreaking toil, just the way Wermskog likes it. “In a way, you start a new race at each stage of the competition,” he says. He admits that his arms feel really tired after the swim, but then the calves and thighs take over, working the pedals. It’s really all about keeping the intensity low, saving energy to last for the last four hours, he explains. Wermskog found his own way of keeping up his morale.
Jarle during Norseman Xtreme Triathlon 2018 wearing DÆHLIE Team Wear.
“You need to be patient and focus on small objectives all the way, such as eating, technique and muscle pressure. I try to think less about what awaits further down the line. I’d rather divide the race into small manageable parts”.
His coming races for this season have already been scheduled, a half marathon and three Ironman competitions both here and abroad. “Knowing that you are going to face a challenge six months down the road makes it easier to achieve an even progression. Time ensures a good base training, prevents strains and gives you a much better experience”.
Wermskog is definitely driven by the number on his chest. However, he also stresses the value of everyday training sessions. He often organizes his own workout dates, especially for the long weekend runs.
Etter dette har det blitt 5 NM-gull og 11 NM-medaljer i både motbakkeløp, terreng og flatt, 12 norgescupseire, 4 EM i motbakkeløp og halvmaraton, 1. og 2. plass i verdenscupen, og veldig mye trenings- og løpeglede!
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