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Wrapping up the week

It's really strange to say, it's December. When did that happen? The good thing is that one of the dark rainy months has already passed and only a few to go before the outdoor season starts again (well a few..). As usual, I think pictures are nicer to browse on a Sunday evening, therefore I'll bombard you with them instead of words. I'm also planning to do something I've never done before, a real adventure. I'll tell you more about that next week, or before christmas ;)

After a long day you need to fill up your energy levels

After a long day you need to fill up your energy levels

There is no day without coffee

There is no day without coffee

Besides coffee, beer and cycling kind of goes together. Great source of vitamins. Wine should neither be forgotten.

Besides coffee, beer and cycling kind of goes together. Great source of vitamins. Wine should neither be forgotten.

First hard FTP test done this indoor season. This is when you really feel you are alive, that burning in your lungs and legs. The work for season 2014 has begun!

First hard FTP test done this indoor season. This is when you really feel you are alive, that burning in your lungs and legs. The work for season 2014 has begun!

Post workout nutrition. You should really try the Sierra Nevada Torpedo as well, superb IPA! Visit Sierra Nevada Brewery at  http://www.sierranevada.com/

Post workout nutrition. You should really try the Sierra Nevada Torpedo as well, superb IPA! Visit Sierra Nevada Brewery at http://www.sierranevada.com/

The Christmas tree has arrived and was lit up this weekend

The Christmas tree has arrived and was lit up this weekend

First signs of freezing water on the Aura river

First signs of freezing water on the Aura river

Sunday mornings, morning paper and proper breakfast. Life.

Sunday mornings, morning paper and proper breakfast. Life.

I hope you all had a great weekend. I'll upload some more stats about training, upcoming events and site updates during the upcoming month. Stay tuned!

A picture I took early Friday morning, I need to admit, there can be nice mornings in November as well..

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Have a great week!

 

 

Eteläkärjen Ajot 2013

As I wrote last Sunday I'll try to recap the race that was probably the toughest race this season. It was not because it would have been the fastest, but the route was challenging. Eteläkärjen ajot ( Sydspets rundan)  is a 120km race in Tammisaari with only a few flat sections, mainly up and down more or less all the time. 

Eteläkärjen ajot 120km in Southeastern Finland

Eteläkärjen ajot 120km in Southeastern Finland

Eteläkärjen ajot elevation 

Eteläkärjen ajot elevation 

Again I had stomach issues the day before and I didn't feel comfortable at all starting in the morning. But off we went, early morning start once again. 

Pre race good mood

Pre race good mood

Cyclists preparing

Cyclists preparing

At 10 am the race started. First 10km we cycled behind the pace car, and then the free speed begun. Later I heard there was one cycling team practicing for the Finnish national championships, and they kept the pace really high in the beginning, the first peak went up to 56 km/h. It was really hard to hang in as the roads were narrow and partly in bad shape and cyclists were dropping all the time. It took me approximately 10 km and I had to give up.

I waited for a group to catch me so we could work together, and after a couple of minutes a group catches me and I immediately started keeping the pace as I had a chance to recover for a couple of minutes. As I left the pace-keeping and changed gear the chain jumped off and I was not able to get it back without a stop. It was a quick stop but once again it took me loads of effort to get back to that group.  

The group did a good job keeping up the speed, and the landscapes were really beautiful but at 80 km I started feeling that my stomach issues the day before and in the morning kicked in. I had lost more energy than I had and couldn't fuel properly during the ride. At 100 km my legs were empty, but it seemed I was not the only one. with 15 km to go one cyclist asked if we could work together in a pace just to get everyone to the finish together. I agreed and so did the others. 

And so we rolled to the finish. Great feeling after a really rough day in the saddle. My stomach was upside down and my legs were empty, still I could bring a smile on my face. Sebu had hanged on with the main group almost to the finish and waited at the cars. Klaus arrived some time after me. We all agreed it was really one of the toughest races ever, even if Sebu had a superb day in the saddle, and it was more of a survival for Klaus and me.

One of the best feelings getting home, taking a shower and having pizza and a weissbeer. 

Well earned post race pizza and beer

Well earned post race pizza and beer

Now a couple of months later I might pick up this race once again to my calendar next year. It is hard, beautiful and a leg killer, just the way we like it!

 

I hope you all had a great weekend!