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Working on my February legs

It has been a pretty busy week. It began with easy training, a business trip to Stockholm and then rounding up with an FTP test, Winter Olympic Games start and beginning of the Tour of Qatar. 

Last Sunday I took a spin outside, probably the hardest outdoor workout this winter. It had been snowing a lot and since the temperature was around zero degrees, it was hard to keep the bike straight. In the worst places, uphill with loads of loose snow my speed was around 5 km/h and my heartbeat was around 180 bpm. With every pedal-stroke the rear wheel just kept spinning and the bike was wildly sliding from side to side. And that ride was supposed to be an easy aerobic day...

On Monday I took an easy recovery spin, and then I had to rest for two days because of a trip to Stockholm.

Morning glory

A must pay visit to Bianchi Café&Cycles

Stockholm by night

Back in Turku

And it was time for my favorite pastry, Runebergstårta!

On Friday I had the second FTP test for this year. I was not too confident going into the training. My goal was to raise the FTP value with at least 10 watts, and honestly this time the test felt much harder than before. Having given it my all, I actually ended up with +14 watts, a huge surprise. Having lost 2 kg's weight this year, I actually already nailed my off season W/kg record, which feels good having trained less than I would have wanted to. 

On Friday the Winter Olympic Games also finally begun, the Olympics are always a spectacle I love to watch. After the opening ceremony I rewarded myself with Friday-Sauna.

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On Sunday the Tour of Qatar started, and what a start. Great breakaway effort by IAM Cycling Team once again, and I'm really excited to see what the team will be able to show during this tour!

Watching Tour of Qatar while training

On Sunday we also saw Enni Rukajärvi take the first Finnish medal in Women's Slopestyle. Great silver medal, hopefully one of many to come. 

Next week I really need to improve my training. Even if I had a couple of weeks with too few hours, I'm glad to see I'm improving and also glad I've been able to reduce my weight without losing muscles. The goal is to still lose some 5 kg's before summer.

Sunday breakfast

A month or so and we are out on our road-bikes!?

Road cycling season so far

The weather for road cycling has been superb this year. At least most of the time. I've been spending some 130 hours on the bike this year, and that's a early season record. I aim at having that figure somewhere around 250 hours. We'll see how close I'll get. Instead of writing a lot, I'll share some pictures with you both on and off the saddle.

Early season preparations setting up the bike, should be done with espresso

Early season preparations setting up the bike, should be done with espresso

Early season team-ride

Early season team-ride

During a business-trip to Stockholm I visited Bianchi Café & Cycles, my favorite café, many times. You should really pay a visit here if you're in Stockholm! Click the picture to read more about the place!

During a business-trip to Stockholm I visited Bianchi Café & Cycles, my favorite café, many times. You should really pay a visit here if you're in Stockholm! Click the picture to read more about the place!

Waiting for the flight home

Waiting for the flight home

Taking a small brake on a long Sunday-ride

Taking a small brake on a long Sunday-ride

Giving it all is sometimes pretty exhausting...

Giving it all is sometimes pretty exhausting...

Rainy rides are not that bad when you are properly equipped

Rainy rides are not that bad when you are properly equipped

Attack!

Attack!

Easy evening ride in Ruissalo

Easy evening ride in Ruissalo

Green times in Attu

Green times in Attu

Pedalare pedalare!

Pedalare pedalare!

Hope you enjoyed the pictures. 'Til next time, have a good one! 

Christmas Gift Guide for Cyclists

Christmas is approaching, but you still have some time to buy presents. Soft or hard, a cyclist will be pleased with both kinds. Here's a list of stuff I figured out a cyclist would want to have for Christmas:

Portland Design Works Bar-ista™ Cup holder

Worth $20 this is a neat thing for one who takes the bike to work (www.ridepdw.com)

Worth $20 this is a neat thing for one who takes the bike to work (www.ridepdw.com)

Stages Power meter brings a totally new power-meter experience to any cyclist. Prices starting at $699

Stages new power meter solution (www.stagescycling.com)

Stages new power meter solution (www.stagescycling.com)

K-Edge GO BIG mounts. If you have a GoPro cam, you definitely need one of these mounts!

K-Edge GoPro helmet cam mounts, are a must have for any GoPro owner! (www.acecosportgroup.com)

K-Edge GoPro helmet cam mounts, are a must have for any GoPro owner! (www.acecosportgroup.com)

If you live in Finland, you want to check out Pelago Bicycles in Helsinki for any ideas!

You'll find the Pelago Shop in downtown Helsinki

You'll find the Pelago Shop in downtown Helsinki

If you live in Stockholm, Sweden I'm sure you'll find a lot of nice stuff at the awesome Bianchi Café

Bianchi Café & Bicycles sell bikes and accessories, but they also have great coffee and food! (bianchicafecycles.com)

Bianchi Café & Bicycles sell bikes and accessories, but they also have great coffee and food! (bianchicafecycles.com)

Rapha offers a great range of quality clothing. A waterproof bag is important for anyone who takes the bike to work

R obust and compact shoulder pack made from a Cordura® fabric and finished with leather details (http://www.rapha.cc)

Robust and compact shoulder pack made from a Cordura® fabric and finished with leather details (http://www.rapha.cc)

If money is not an issue for you, then you might want to consider buying the Coffee Machine Ferrari for any cyclist!

Rocket Espresso Machine http://www.rapha.cc/rocket-espresso-for-rapha)

Rocket Espresso Machine http://www.rapha.cc/rocket-espresso-for-rapha)

Cyclepassion calendar for 2013, do I need to say more?

American endurance racer Sonya Looney (Daniel Geiger) (http://www.cyclepassion.com)

American endurance racer Sonya Looney (Daniel Geiger) (http://www.cyclepassion.com)

If your trendy city dweller friend is worth a $419 bag, then you should consider this one from ONA

Made with a light wax finish that develops a rich patina over time, the Brixton is a true beaut that’ll only get better with age (www.onabags.com)

Made with a light wax finish that develops a rich patina over time, the Brixton is a true beaut that’ll only get better with age (www.onabags.com)

I hope you found something useful for your cyclist friend, or for yourself?

Enjoy shopping!