Jarle Wermskog, 33, has a busy schedule. 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.
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.