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Greece Traincation

Just in the door after a two-week Traincation in the northwestern part of Greece, in a region called Epirus. I couldn’t reply to all messages I received on my Insta-Stories in the last few weeks. I will use this post to talk a little bit about what we were up to.

In a pretty spontaneous act, we jumped on the chance of a Midsommer break that should lead us to a town called Sivota. Apollo has taken over the Sivota Retreat hotel and branded the place with their Playitas label. Giving the hotel the sporty approach of their flagship sports resort on Fuerteventura.

With several water sport options, gym and classes, we didn’t wait too long and booked the trip.

This excursion was a family vacation and not a training camp. However, I brought my TT bike to get some miles in and discover the surrounding areas. Countless training options on site made sure that the days were filled with training for my wife and myself. It was great having all the options close by and still be able to enjoy a proper and relaxed vacation as a family. The flawless sunshine and warm temperatures certainly helped.

Running in the high temperature is very hard for me. I get exhausted very quickly and it takes me a lot of time to recover even after an easy run. Knowing this, I only ran in the air-conditioned gym. This suited me well as I just could mix in the runs whenever I could or wanted. Travelling to the area during the time of the year that we choose means early wake ups to get outside runs in.

But there is so much more to do. For example, the swimming. I like swimming in the open water. It is even better when you swim in salt water, but also seeing the amount of fish and having such a clear sighting during the plunges was incredible. I regularly swam around the island that is in the front of the hotel and I also swam into Sivota to get an ice cream. There is so much to do and explore, even swimming into grottoes is possible.

A thing that absolutely surprised me was the cycling. If you are not scared of climbing, occasional sheep on the road or a pothole, riding around Epirus is so much fun. A lot of streets are freshly renewed and the possibilities to explore the mountains and the ranges are nearly endless. The region is popular by local tourists, seeing how clean and green this region is, you know why. Also, the amount of traffic is super low which makes riding a bike very much enjoyable.

Overall an amazing trip with plenty of training and plenty of quality family time. Bring on the next Traincation…  

Tune of the day: Evidence – Unlearning Vol. 1 (Full Album)

The Lidingö Double

Sweden proudest endurance sport event undoubtedly is the Vasaloppet. A world-renowned competition that surely any endurance fan has heard of. No matter if you ski or not. Karl Axel Karlberg and Sven Gärderud thought that a summer equivalent was missing and in 1965 they set up an annual cross-country running race on the isle of Lidingö, in front of Stockholm.

The course quickly gained recognition and by now is the biggest cross-country contest in the world with up to 35,000 people running. By now, the course is iconic for its variety and toughness. 30 kilometers around the island. On roads, gravel, and light trail.

Once the race calendar got almost erased, we were hungry for some inspiring challenges and found it right on the Lidingöloppet course. No one had ever done a Lidingöloppet-Double. Mountain bike one loop and then change the bike for some running shoes. My training buddy Marcus and I thought it was a decent idea and went for it.

66 Kilometers later we were pretty tired but also pretty happy. A proper day out on a sunny Saturday.

Tune of the day: Moby – Go

In Pictures: YO Intervals at Stockholm Olympic Stadium

What is better than running some hard laps with the gang around the venue of the 1912 Olympic Games?

Yes, homie Dennis Wernersson capturing it!

Tune of the day: Haze x Falco – No Time For Revolution

Final Sessions

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Tune of the day: Evidence – Good Times

In Pictures: Plavecký stadion Podolí, Prague


“Everyday there’s something that reminds me why I love this sport.”
Bernard -Le Blaireau- Hinault

Skate Almighty

Possibly I never skated more as I just did during this 4 day Reece around Oberstdorf’s slopes. I just tried Nordic Skating for amusement when I was in Vancouver last winter. Since then I appreciate that activity a lot. With some holidays left I decided to devote those days to “full body sport”. Now I look back at well over 150 kilometers on snow outshined by unspoiled sunshine.

Slipping. Stumbling. Skating!

In the hunt for some powder and plenty of leisure skating miles, I drove down south to the town of Oberstdorf. Remarkable weather matching the snow and a satisfactory amount of slopes are serving the starvation for some long anticipated cross exercise.

Stay tuned for more pics and Nordic Skating awesomeness.

Tune of the day: I’m totally into David Hasert’s stuff theses days. Go and check his soundcloud!

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