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Weekend ahead, wrapping up January

The first month of the year is behind. It was a good training period and I had some good results as well. Without yesterday's minor back injury at the gym, the month has improved my aerobic fitness as well as strength and power. It's the result of both slight reduction in weight as well as increased power output.

A snapshot from my W/Kg progress (without revealing any numbers ;) )

A snapshot from my W/Kg progress (without revealing any numbers ;) )

The next real progress test will be in just a couple of weeks and I'm really looking forward to that. A bit concerned about yesterday's minor injury, but hopefully it's just a minor strain. Will try a ride today to check how it responds to training.

Mornings with the morning paper, coffee, NHL and news

Mornings with the morning paper, coffee, NHL and news

The awesome thing about stepping into February is that it is probably the single last month of pure indoor training! However, contrary to last year I'll probable be training indoors until April/May to sustain and increase the power abilities.

In the cycling world we've seen the Pro Tour kick off. Tour Down Under was won by the 23 year old Dutch Tom-Jelte Slagter (Blanco Pro Cycling Team). We also saw Andre Greipel take 3 stages with huge sprint efforts, Team Sky working hard for Geraint Thomas and a huge effort by Finnish FDJ rider Jussi Veikkanen hitting the top 10 with 10th place! The next big race will be the Tour of Qatar that'll kick off on Sunday. It's the first big race for the new Swiss Team IAM Cycling, and the first test for Kjell Carlström as a directeur sportif! 

Keeps you going

Keeps you going

I also found a great site for all you interested in the Pro Tour Cycling scene! The site is www.procyclingstats.com and in there you'll find everything from stats, riders, routes and races. This is the database we've been waiting for, check it out!

Click to open PCS website

Click to open PCS website

I hope you all have a good weekend!

Keep on riding ;) (source:  Ville-noire )

Keep on riding ;) (source: Ville-noire)

Work in progress

Weeks pass by so fast when you're busy with studies, work and training. A lot has happened in the world of cycling lately, the Tour Down Under has started the pro tour for this season, teams have unveiled their new sponsors and team kits and well, I can't probably leave Lance Armstrong unmentioned. I'm also moving quite nicely along with my training plan, been adding on weights for my gym workouts and it all feels pretty good so far. My legs are more sore now than in a long time, but they'll get used to the training. Besides this I'm going to the sports masseur twice a month, and that helps a lot. I can really warmly recommend the place I go to, Turun KuntoFysio for all you living nearby to Turku. Really nice guys, and they sure know what they're doing. The ice hockey team, HC TPS, are also using Turun KuntoFysio.

Lance Armstrong on Oprah. I really hope the cycling world could finally move on.

Lance Armstrong on Oprah. I really hope the cycling world could finally move on.

Along with the training, once again, foodfoodfood

Along with the training, once again, foodfoodfood

And as a fan of Ice Hockey I'm thrilled to see the NHL running again. And to see the young Finnish talent, Mikael Granlund play.

And as a fan of Ice Hockey I'm thrilled to see the NHL running again. And to see the young Finnish talent, Mikael Granlund play.

Did I mention food already?

Did I mention food already?

"Working out"...

"Working out"...

I hope you all have a pleasant weekend, take care!

Enjoy the weekend! (Picture from   Airows.com)

Enjoy the weekend! (Picture from Airows.com)