Autumn brings out the Craftsmanship in You

Autumn is a fun time of the year! There’s a lot you can do, or as you had to do “back in the days”, to prepare for winter. This year I got into picking mushrooms in the forrest and making applemash. I also made a lot of sausages, brewed beer and knitted a scarf with my Icehockey teams colors.

IMG_20140905_230018In Finland we have this law called “Everyman’s right” or “Freedom to roam”- as it is called on wikipedia :) Which basically let us go into the forrest to pick berries, mushrooms and whatever the forrest has to offer. During summer and autumn there’s a lot to pick acording to season. I ws too late and too busy during blueberry season so did not get to pick any of those this year, but instead went in for mushrooms. I don’t really know that well which ones are good for food and which are poisonous. Luckily I found a lot of Chantarelles which I am 100% sure about that are great for some mushroom sauce with eg. Salmon, pork or basically any food…It’s just that good… so I cut them in pieces and fried them a bit before putting them in the freezer. This lot made about 10 bags of 4servings.

We also picked some apples from my parents trees on their yard and mom showed how to make mash and use it to make some delicious desssert! Now we got a few bags of that in the freezer too. These will last for a while i think!

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Beer brewing has suddenly become a hobby of mine. I took a course in it a few months back and bought equipment to start brewing at home. This was my first try and it still as to mature in the bottles for at least another 4weeks. This one came as a ready package with the malt, hops and yeast. i figured it’s best to try one of these before going on figuring out recipies of my own. Didn’t have a malt grinder though so i tried to crush them with a mortar.. didn’t get all the sugar needed but if the taste is good and there’s bubbles I’m happy. And it was fun trying!

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IMG_0004As I wrote in the post before this one Icehockey season has begun! I started working on this scarf during summer with the goal that it had to be ready before the season. I finished the day before the first game, so mission accomplished!! Going to my first game 26th this month as we play against my girlfriends team. Last time we went we won 4-1…

So it’s been a good start on the Autumn learning a lot of new things and had a lot to do! We went to the Tough Viking race in Helsinki which was really fun! Already looking forward to the next one in Amsterdam and the Winter edition up in Lapland!
Here’s a video I made from the race:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4rlyou2NYyk
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Ice ice baby!

A few weeks ago I was a bit sad thinking summer is over, but you know when a door closes another one opens…

So finally the Icehockey season has started! Been on the ice a few times and even seen some games on TV. Although the world championships in football was fun and exciting it doesen’t really live up to icehockey for me. Many might not agree at all, but living in the north and in Finland where it’s one of the biggest sports it’s one of my favorite things in life.
So I got my hockey gear down from the attic and I go play two times a week and it feels great! It’s such a fast sport it really makes your hart work which makes it the perfekt HIIT- training now that that is in fashion ;) 
Other thatn that i makes your brain work faster and improves your problem solving skills as well as your eye-to-hand/feet action. This is what I call full body workout! You are actually in a bit of a squat position all the time and other than working the feet ,core and arms it’s great for brain, balance, heart and reflexes. But also good to remember is that it’s a team sport and teaches you to work/play well with others!
xin_08020323152309669206Now Iceockey might not be the biggest sport or sporting events in the world but it’s almost as old (as a registered sport) as the biggest sport in the world, football. Here it’s pretty common for children to play icehockey during winter and football during summer.

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You can say what you want about what the best and toughest sport is and argue that they use protection in icehockey and not in for example rugby. Just remember that Icehockey is a lot faster and there’s a hard puck that goes up to 183.67 km/h flying around and might hit your face.

“Is hockey hard? I don’t know, you tell me. We need to have the strength and power of a football player, the stamina of a marathon runner, and the concentration of a brain surgeon. But we need to put all this together while moving at high speeds on a cold and slippery surface while five other guys use clubs to try and kill us, oh yeah did I mention that this whole time we’re standing on blades 1/8 of an inch thick? Is ice hockey hard? I don’t know, you tell me.” – Brendan Shanahan –  

An inspirational hockey video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqVWGi0d4RU

For those who like watching hits check this compilation of rugby and hockey:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6C18PsbZ_A

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Only one of them is a world champion!

I’ve almost forgotten about running! Although it has been rainy and I have been a bit ill after the triathlon last Sunday, which by the way went pretty well! I finished 15th of 50 i think in my class… so not too bad for my first one! Made a few beginners mistakes like taking too long changing clothes and pushing too hard during swimming.. I even (almost) fell with the bike, and made the chain jump off…  anyway it was really fun and I think I’m going to keep going on those! Next up though are two obstacle races. One in Helsinki and the other one in Amsterdam. 

 Keep calm and get on the ice!

Ooops I did it again!

Here we go again, I’ve signed up for another marathon! This time it will be in Tokyo, Japan, the 22th of February 2015! Well at least if number of participants doesn’t exceed 35,500. Because then it will go to lottery… I got so excited, I’ve aways wanted to go to Tokyo! Can’t understand why I haven’t yet… I always see a lot of crazy stuff going on there in documentaries and especially all the shows on travel channel! So why not mix two fun things into one great thing? Of course I’m going there when there’s a Marathon! So let’s just keep our thumbs up and hope I get to run it!

Big in Japan

Big in Japan

But to not jump too far ahead in the future I still have a few races to finish here in Finland before I get to do anything else. This week on Sunday I will try my first Triathlon! It’s a very short one though but that’s good for starters.. If I like it I’ll join more and longer ones in the future. This one is held in Helsinki and it’s kind of a Tri-for-fun race. There’s a race separately for competition bikes and normal bikes. I entered the one for competition although the tyres of my bike are 10mm wider than the limit…whatever…The route is 300m Swim, 10km Bike and 3km Run. So kind of a sprint really.

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After that the 6th of September we’ve (with a bunch of friends) signed up for the obstacle race “Tough Viking” which is also held in Helsinki! This is going to be lot’s of fun I believe! 12km route with (at least) 15 obstacles! Although this is still a test run for the one we’re going to with my girlfriend in Amsterdam the 25th of October! That one is 19km! We’ve done a bit of training for this already. We go running together as part of a training program I made for her which includes running 4 times a week!! 

Tough Viking

Tough Viking

So as far as today goes the following races will come up:
24.8 Helsinki Triathlon
6.9 Tough Viking Helsinki
25.10 Strong Viking (brother edition) Amsterdam
22.2.2015 Tokyo Marathon

Still got a few races on my mind but we’ll see how the first ones go first! I would want to do a race in South America next i think!

 
Run and have Fun!

“Born to Run” – A must read for everyone!

I’ve just finished reading the book “Born to Run” by Christopher McDougall and it’s absolutely fantastic! I got to know the book when I was looking for some inspirational books to read before my first marathon. I already had so many books on my list so I didn’t quite get to read it in time, as the marathon was almost 2 months ago…Anyhow my girlfriends sister left her copy at our place and I picked it up and started reading. 3 days later I was done with all of the 366 pages. I don’t know about you but for me that’s a lot in 3 days!

The swedish version of the Book

The swedish version of the Book

I first thought the book was going to be about a guy who likes running and his feelings about it and him going to find some other people, even tribes that have almost been forgotten, that also share his love for running. But I was soon to be proven wrong! This book gave me huge inspiration to go running, I actually ran to work, on day two of reading (22km)n and after my day was done I ran home (22km)!

Okey I had to walk a bit on the way home as it was almost 30C and I ran out of water at about 10km. So I did a whole marathon spontaniously out of inspiration!

 I’m also looking into barefoot running, of which there’s a lot of talk about in the book. Stories about the tribes in Mexico running in sandals made of tyres and people running marathons and what-not barefooted!

Tarahumara sandals made of tyres

Tarahumara sandals made of tyres

Well, other than inspiration, the book is packed with intresting facts about history, amazing stories, insights of human anatomy and mind-blowing links to our evolution! At times I actually had to put the book down just to suck in the facts that I’ve just read. I got a whole new picture of what our body is made for, how we are designed to work and what we are able to do with it!

Our body is designed to run! Not fast, but far and for a long time! Remember to keep running a fun thing and not just as an exercise! Look at how children play! They chase each other, they run around and have fun doing it! The oldest fun we had is running! So remember to keep it fun!
born-to-run-christopher-mc-dougall-copper-canyon-ultra-marathon-03I strongly recomend this book! As it is very inspirational, educational and right-on punch in the face Mind Blowing! As amazon.com puts it on their list of 100 books to read in a lifetime I have to narrow it down to at least Top 50! Right now It’s among my favorite 5 books!

Have fun and run!

Eat to live or living to eat? How we all became addicts!

We’re all addicts! You and Boo an I! Hamsters and rangers everywhere! Rejoice!

Food is basically a source for energy. NOTHING else. That’s it! We get our energy from it to go on living. This is the way it’s been since ancient times. But what happened then?

Hunters and Gatherers

Hunters and Gatherers

The ancient human hunted and gathered for food. We knew what to eat and when to eat. We knew how to listen and feel our body to choose the food needed. We chose the food that gave us the best energy to go on the longest!Of course there was some trial and error, but humans evolved, got smarter and learned from their mistakes. So we also knew what makes us feel bad and what kills us.This sounds logical and good doesn’t it? BUT this was during ancient times…

After running behind antelopes and other animals until they give up, get exhausted and fall down we’d to run pretty far. So we came up with the idea to farm! If there’s no food running around or your’e tired, have a broken leg, too far to your favorite fruit-three etc this is great! It might not be the best food that there is that our body needs the most but you can grow it outside your house/cave whatever…I don’t need to walk as far. Okey so we survive and life just got a bit easier. This also sound logic and obvious?

After that we realized that it’s even more comfortable if someone else does the farming and hunting and we can buy it all at a store! Or even have it delivered to our door! It might not be just those we prefer again and they might not grow/farm/hunt like we used to but hey..at least I don’t need to do it anymore! Wow! How cool is that? Life is again a little easier!
Wrong! Jump back to the beginning.

“Food is basically a source for energy”

“We chose the food that gave us the best energy to go on the longest!”

 

You are what you eat!

You are what you eat!

Somewhere along the way vi forgot the most important thing in how and what we eat! We made it a lot easier for us but to what cost? This was compensated in missing out on the quality in our food! Look at us! Do we look like we listen to our bodies and think about what we eat? DO we even know our bodies anymore? Do we eat to keep on going or do we keep on going so that we can eat? These are questions that we need to ask ourselves in front of a mirror.

Take care of your body!

Take care of your body!

Sure, food CAN be enjoyable but it’s not MEANT to be! A good chef can turn food into art as can a good artist with garbage. Garbage IS NOT art, but garbage CAN become art. In the same way we can make food enjoyable to eat! But remember that food is so much more then a pleasure! It’s a source we get energy from and that makes our body feel good and healthy. As it seems we have forgotten this point and like junkies started to misuse the most vital source our existence! (after air and water)

Eat to live! Don’t live to eat!

 

 

Bend over and give me a high five!

I realized a high truth yesterday biking home from work! It really gave me an A-ha experience. You know how professional cyclists have an extremely compact posture while biking? It’s made to understand that this is to make them go faster…aerodynamics or what not…I don’t buy this..It might give you a slight advantage, but yesterday I realized the truth! Bugs! And lots of Bugs!! If you’re tired and have your mouth open you really get the taste of a bug’s life…

So there I was…minding my own business feeling happy cycling in the sun after work and listening to an audiobook from my phone an suddenly a bug hits the back of my throat! I got so surprised I didn’t know if I needed to breath in or out! I think I got the bug out…

Surfin' Right in to the throat of people!

Surfin’ Right in to the throat of people!

Let’s just say after that I kinda kept my head down and my mouth shut, UNTIL, 10km later I had my head up again because there was a lot of traffic and the road was narrow and then it hit me. No it really hit me! Felt like someone threw a tennis ball into my face! A huge bug flew right into my eye! Fortunately I had sunglasses on but the impact was pretty strong it hurt my neck! I can only imagine how the bug felt!

This was probably the huge thing that hit me! :P

This was probably the huge thing that hit me! :P

So if this wasn’t enough for one ride to learn to keep my head down third-time-say’s it all! This time there was the “cloud” of tiny bugs. You know the ones that stay in a sun-lighted spot. Well going at my speed they we’re so tiny so I did not see them. I had learned to keep my mouth shut which was good but let’s just say I got spray painted with bugs caught on my sweaty face and arms.
So the lesson learned here is to bend over and keep your head down if your biking! It’s not to gain high speed it’s really if you’re going at a high speed!

I haven’t talked about running at all. Well I’ve been so occupied with cycling lately. I started to run about a year ago. Or really just decided to…but then I signed-up for the Stockholm Marathon at the end of May this year! I got a great time! 3.30.35. My goal was just under 4hours so I was really happy! Anyway I’ll get back to my runnings later..I wanna take up something I discussed with my girlfriend as we we’re running. You know how bikers (motorbikers) salute when they drive past each other? At least they do this in Finland. But when you’re running or out with your bike people don’t do that here..

I told my girlfriend it would be a nice gesture to wave or why not give a high-five when you meet someone that is running as well! I’ve tried to smile and give a small nod, but I never get any answer..People seem angry while running..there’s really not many smiles out there. I think of it as an encouragement if someone smiles, nods or imagine a high-five! If you’re tired and then high-five a by passer it’s great encouragement! That’s what they do during Marathons as well! People standing on the side of the track shouting and applauding, kids reaching out for a high-five it’s just wonderful! Why can’t we do this to each other when we’re out training or just jogging for fun?
So please! next time you’re out on a run and you meet a fellow runner at least smile and nod your head! Or why not give a thumbs up? Encourage each other to do the great work you’re doing! And remember to have fun doing it!

When work is fun, you’ll get the reward for having a blast!

Encourage each other!

Encourage each other!

 

Road Rage!

I’ve biked to work two times now. It’s been bad weather so haven’t been able to use the bike as I wanted. Well it arrived last Thursday I did use it on Friday, Monday and Tuesday was rainy, did bike yesterday and today I had to take the car because I had to bring some stuff back and forth…

Le Bike

Le Bike

Anyway…driving to work I always get stressed or angry. I don’t honk or pass people like a maniac but sometimes I do shout out loud by myself (or sometimes when my girlfriend is with me). You know when it’s everyone else’s fault you started driving 5 minutes later than usually and then every red light hits you and you’re like: “OH my god! Thanks to YOU I missed the green light…” Or “HOW can a person drive 79km/h when it’s 80km/h!!!”.

10552610_791718707526944_1528705189635607842_nI’m sure almost everyone can say they felt like this at some point. It doesen’t even matter who drives the other car it’s always the “typical slow driver”. “Of course a woman”, “Of course an old man”, “Of course a … guy with sunglasses”…whatever. Someone says: but hey leave home earlier? and you’re like WTF I have carefully counted my every turn to make it to work exactly at 9am when I’m supposed to!

 

Ok so when you’re biking to work, or anywhere, there isn’t a lot of traffic. You’re on your own! If you’re late it’s because you didn’t go up that hill fast enough or you didn’t get up early enough. It’s a pretty good feeling competing against yourself. I don’t get angry at me? I don’t shout out loud to myself when I’m on the bike.. I bite my teeth together and go faster up that hill! I know there’s downhill afterwards to I can’t wait to get that reward to chill and feel the wind go by! According to Sportstracker it’s 22,6km from my house to my workplace and it takes about 50minutes for me to go there by bike. It takes me about 20min by car. But these 22,6km aren’t hard on bike. It is actually a great day to start the day. Only thing bad about it is getting up 45min earlier than I would when going by car. But during those 50 min on the car only racing against time by myself really gets my thoughts going! When I’m in my “road rage” mode all I can think of is the car in front of me. Why is it so hard to relax when driving in traffic? I don’t always hate the car in front of me though… it’s really only when I’m late myself. I find I’m in a better mood and more energetic when I go by bike though. By bike I also save money!

There is a saying that goes something like:

“Driving a car burns money and makes you fat,  going by bike saves money and burns fat!”

To this I should add that It’s also good for the environment! So hopefully I get more sunny days so I get to use my bike more!

Stay cool and be safe on the road!

Usually I wear sunglasses and a helmet.

Usually I wear sunglasses and a helmet.

Biking to Work!

My bike arrived today from the UK! Already all psyched up to go home and put it together and test-drive it! Yupp I bought a bike from abroad without testing it! But hey…It has broken a record to be the fastest bike around the world! I think it’ll suit me pretty well as I also like to travel, beeing I’m up to 34/35? coutries already. (My mom is behing but one or two and when she getts the same amount it’s time to travel again ;)

It’s a Genesis – Croix de Fer..Anyone know it? Probably should have asked before ordering it but when you see something you really want you go for it and you get it! No matter what people say!

So anyhow today I had to wake my girlfriend up, after her beeing on a nightshift at the hospital, and get her to open the door for the guy delivering the bike. Couldn’t wait for her to take a picture of the package that’s how psyched up I am! To make it clear how psyched I am look at the following link:

I’m Pumped Up Psyched!! 

So…Hopefully I’ll get the bike working by tomorrow and be able to ride it to work, which is about 24km each way. I’ll be posting about the ride hopefully tomorrow or after a few days!

Cheereo!

Bike for Triathlon?

So I’ve decided to by a bike! I just bought a bike actually but now i want one that I can compete with in triathlons and also train with all year round. I have no idea which one to get. What’s a cyclocross bike? What’s the difference between that one and a road bike? Do I even need a special triathlon bike? Which ones are allowed to be used competing? I’ve read a few forums but they tend so say different things! It doesen’t have to be too expensive but good enough for my needs. So now I need help from anyone who knows anything about bikes or someone who has competed in a triathlon!

What bike should I get and where can I buy one?

Also wondering about the rest of the thing you need for a triathlon. How about wetsuits? Is there something you can wear through the whole race so you don’t have to change? how about shoes? Bike shoes or normal shoes? Goggles? What triathlons are fun/worth going to?

Anyway we signed up for Tough Viking in Helsinki for 6.9.2014! And got a bunch of friends to go too! It’s going to be lots of fun! A lot of fun obstacles in the way while running for 12km can’t be anything but fun can it? :) It’ll be a fun experience for us to work as a team and getting past challenges. We’re really not competing agains anyone or the clock but just going for it to enjoy the experience and have a great time doing it! In Helsinki we’re goint to be about 10people which will be a great warm up for Strong Viking that My girlfriend and I signed up for which is held in Amsterdam 25.10.2014! There we will be just the two of us so it’ll be whole new experience!
Our T-shirts for Tough Viking arrived two days ago!

Tough Viking T-shirts!

If anyone wants to go to this event feel free to join our team!
Take care and happy MIDSUMMER!!

Snack Bar: Part 1 – Mantun Grilli

After our visit to “Pop-Kalaset” (a music festival held annually in Ekenäs) we decided to go for the perfect hang-over food. Mantun Grilli is a well known snack bar right in the center of Turku.

At first glance it doesen’t look like much, I mean it’s a small 6m2 yellow box next to a parking lot. It’s only open Tuesday-Sunday from 6pm so during the day while passing it it’s a small closed yellow box. Anyhow leaving a bar or nightclub on weekends you’re lucky if there’s no queue because the line tend to fill upp most of the sidewalk on the late hours. It has only one table with benches to sit and eat outside and a few more benches in the surrounding park area. Most people tend to take their food home with them as take-Away.
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The Menu seems quite large for this little place but on a closer look it’s because all the extra ingredients takes most of the room. They don’t really have any “speciality” of their own, like their own hamburger, but still they are quite famous for their “Makkaraperunat” (Sausagepotatos) which is basically frozen fries with sausage bits. This is a very common dish in most snack bars i Finland but the thing that makes these special is the garlic sauce! (At least for me…other sauces also available)

This time we went home with the sausagepotatos as well, but also a hamburger with cheese. The hamburger was pretty flat beacause of the press-grill they use and had a lot of onion in it (for those who don’t like onions BEWARE). The sausagepotatos came drenched in the garlic sausage which, by my opinion, is exactly how I want them. Although worth mentioning is that the frozen potatoes tasted exaclty like that..basic frozen potatoes. Now going home from the bar a bit “tipsy” and wanting that salty fatty food this is the right place to go.

I’m going to try to scale the food 1-10:

1 – 4 (awful – not eatable)
5 – 10 (eatable-perfection)

Hamburger with Cheese: 5  (might be better changing half the onions into more sallad)
Makkaraperunat: 7
Garlic sauce: 10+ (Which basically leaves the)
Makkaraperunat with garlic sauce at: 9-

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