To your advantage?

One of the greatest cross-country skiers of all time happens to be Swedish. Gunde Svan won just about everything there was to win in the mid to late 1980’s. On Wikipedia he is actually described also as a race car driver but I would not say that he veer reached the same heights in that career. As a young boy a remember pictures like the below where the funniest thing was that not ever did he seem to find a woolly hat that fit his head. After every race his ears stood out and the hat was waiving like a flag on top of his skull.

It might have been that he not only looked like a lunatic. To enjoy those 50km, and more importantly the training leading up to the races, you probably have to  have a touch of that trait in your personality. One thing that I also remember with Gunde was when he in an interview about his training said that his best days were the days when the weather was really bad, perhaps both wet and miserable. He said that on those days, he always knew that he had an advantage as most of his opponents would skip training due to the bad weather. That did not wash with Gunde. He would put in twice the amount of training on such a day!

I come to think about this as I follow the progress of the England players out in Australia. Eight England players have opted out of the fairly dull English winter for a couple of months in the Australian sunshine. At the moment the Lake Macquarie Amateur Championship is full on at Belmont in Newcastle, Australia and Andrew Sullivan is so far in a tied for the lead. Andy have had a great start to his 2011 with already a second place finish in the Australian Master of the Amateurs. To follow Andy’s and the other’s progress down under click here.

6th hole at NSW GC during a ET event a few years ago

From Belmont the players move on to the NSW Golf Club for the NSW Championship. This could be one of the prettiest venues in the World so I would suggest even Gunde Svan would be jealous…

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