Advent has just started, and the rowing season is long gone. How do the rowers spend their time before Christmas?
Rowers usually train this time of the year. You’ll find us in the boatyard as it’s already too cold outside. We spend a lot of time in the gym and working out on the rowing machine. We do get outside for a jog or a bit of cross-country skiing, though. It’s important to get as much prep as possible over the winter, so the time before Christmas and after New Year’s Day is pretty much the toughest for us.
So you don’t get in the boat much?
No, not really. You go rowing when it’s more than about 5 degrees above zero. It’s also quite windy now; it’s easy to get chilled. And when you put on lots of warm clothes, it’s difficult to move.
What does your pre-Christmas spurt look like? Do you do all the preparations in a hurry – last-minute – or do you prefer to relax?
We have small kids, so my wife usually takes care of the presents. But we managed to buy one or two during our summer holidays by the sea. We try to be prepared as it tends to get quite frantic. I also take part in a number of social events, parties, a calendar launch and so on. Then there’s little time for the Christmas craze, and actually, I have to admit I’m glad I miss a great part of it.
Who will get the best present from you this year? What is it going to be?
We, the entire family, have given ourselves one big present this year — we’ve finished our cottage at last. Then all we need is to be healthy and satisfied.