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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Peace of mind, body and soul

I set a goal for this summer, actually I set a goal for my life. My goal is to write a book, I figured starting a blog to work on my writing skills would be a great start. So I decided to start one…but I had no clue what to write about. Would I write about the book/s I want to write? The books I’ve read? Maybe not even write about books at all. The thing is I used to hate reading…I got through the university only buying one book (whitch I opened once). But now I kinda enjoy reading. It’s been 9 years since I started studying and 3 years since I graduated, and I’ve read more books this year than I’ve read in my entire life and there’s still more to be read. I hope reading and writing will somehow help me improve myself on an intellectual level.

So anyhow, writing a book isn’t my only goal in life. I’ve also had running a marathon on my list which I finished only 9 days ago in Stockholm. That was just the beginning though, I wanted to start a more active life and for that I needed a goal. The marathon was only the first milestone on the path and worked as a goal for me to keep on going for runs. Now I need a new goal, which I’ve already set to be to complete a triathlon. So this summer I’m going to start working on my swimming and biking skills, which I hope will also help me improve myself on a physical level.

While all the reading, writing and riding along tend to make a man hungry, my third goal for this summer is food. I’ve always had a life long dream about having my own restaurant where I could spend my retirement days sipping great wine and telling stories that nobody really knows are true or not. To this day I’ve worked as a bartender and waiter at several places around Turku and it’s archipelago, and I like what I do. This has triggered an intrest for food and drinks and I’m curious of new products and experiencing new things. So last autumn, driving my car thinking about my new goals for the summer to come, I went past a snackbar that I’ve driven past thousands of times but never entered I wondered if I knew anyone who had? It’s a place that everyone knows but very few have experienced. This was when it hit me to bike there and blog about it. So the third goal for this summer is to bike to different snackbars around Turku and blog about them. Food is the way to a mans heart so I hope this will help me improve myself on a spiritual level.

So this is the blog:

“A mind-blowing, body-shaking and soul-shaping bike ride in a mans life”

Take care & stay tuned