With the Glen Affric Duathlon just two weeks away I could try to claim we went to Norway for some quality aerobic conditioning. Nordic cross-country ski-ing being a superb work-out for upper and lower body.
I could admit we put ourselves in the hands of ex-competition skier / runner / kayaker and all round good friend Erling. He helped us stay upright on this very different type of skiing. No chair lifts or tows here. Just two pairs of grooves cut in the snow along which our skinny skis could slide.
It's unlikely I could successfully claim we hardy types endured the privations of a basic cabin, this being the winter weekend home of Erling's friend - a championship standard ski-athlete.