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 ūüėȬ†
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!

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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!