Thursday, 9 April 2015

Easter in Val d'Isère

OK, time to blog about a travel experience again(!) - sorry if making you jealous. I had my last wave/dose of winter for this crazy season of mine placed in Val d'Isère, France. I joined my old good Chalmers friends Jesper and Axel (and his Charlotte) from Gothenburg, Sweden, for this trip. In Val d'Isère we met up with Björn, Emelie and other nice Swedish people. I rented really good ("Premium") skies and went "all-in" for an energetic & unforgettable ski vacation.

For doing "offpist" for the third time in my life I'm actually really impressed about how damn talented I am. Still, I start to wonder why I missed out on this fun activity all my years as youth and adult. Stuck in old habits and patterns I guess. Anyhow, we had 4,5 fantastic days consisting of some training, a lot of skiing, after ski, really good dinners/food, party and less sleep.

Here are ten favorite photos for me to remember from and for you other to get inspired by (for 146 more photos click here)

A nice 3D map in our apartment -Here, in Val d'Isère, we are right now!

Without Jesper I would not enjoy this trip at all. He is so fun to hang around with!

The first after ski had a relatively fancy level.

Here I got the weekly need of meat #stek

Emelie shows the way to do offpist so sexy! Halleluja moment(?)!

COCORICO - The after ski place #1 in Val d'Isère

A good (or bad?) thing with having beard and doing offpist skiing in a lot of new snow ;-)

Offpist area (like a virgin).

Sweet XXL hamburger at fancy restaurant up in the slopes.

After 4,5 days of fantastic skiing and social things Jesper & I took it piano some minutes...
Stay tuned for youtube video (coming up soon) from the fantastic offpist and normal skiing. Next season we already decided to go to Japan Jan/Feb. Looking forward... :-)

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Lanzarote (Ironman training camp)

Coming back to Club La Santa was a dream comes true. I was here in 2006 (I think it was that year at least...time flies). This time I went here with my IKEA Supply AG colleague Jens Nielsen and we are both training for an Ironman (the one in Copenhagen - 24rd of August this year) so what would be better than participating at a perfectly arranged "long distance triathlon camp" at this time of the year to kick start the triathlon training season.

Club La Santa! I love it here and then of course when it comes to (hard) training. For relaxation and/or romantic holiday there are other places on the canary island that I recommend (this still in fresh mind). I saved all the gps data from my trainings on Strava so you can find the sessions an see my performance during the week here if you check between 25th of February and 4th of March. To summarize it was close to 30 hours of triathlon training (swim, road biking and/or running) during these 6 days on the island, meaning almost 5 hours a day - and it went perfectly fine! Great living in a suite, healthy food and great mix of trainings (3 times a day and only 2 times on the "resting day").

After the training camp we came home in a really good shape, energetic and super fit. I'm really impressed about how well Jens managed to push all the way through the training camp in a professional way - starting with doing this level of sport first in last year - it is truly impressive.

Here are some top 10 photos (for more photos click here) and again I prefer to let the photos talk (it is optional to watch the photos with this Club La Santa song in the background):

The biking paradise island: Lanzarote!

Listening to good music. It's during the relaxation parts that one gets better...

OK, this is me on a Argon 18 E116 with Ultegra Di2. I want this bike.

Jens is so happy to soon be crawling in the lagoon!

-You need to be good and stupid to take a selfie while riding, coach Ain said.

Nice landscape and weather for bike riding. Living the dream!

Club La Santa pool area by night (evening). Took a short walk after dinner...

How do we get enough energy for all training? Enervit!

The weather for the last part of the week...
Super nice weather also the last day riding... Wine areas on the sides.

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Relationship update

Rachel and I have separated after 7 years together
Our different interest focus the last months (years) and shrinking love feelings forced us to take action and reposition our relationship to just be friends. Though it is tough to take this decision it was needed. I'm happy to say that we are both managing this process in a good and respectful way to each other. Rachel will with my fully support move to a nice room in "Gündeli", Basel, and I will stay at Römerweg, in Sissach.

How could this happen?
Love disappeared over time and I do not want to have a too tight relation with someone I do not feel true love to. If you ever find yourself asking this question, or asking “…am I in love?”, then I do not think you are, but it isn't all gone.  It can't be.  It just means I’ve grown a bit and realize that what you thought was really true love wasn't.  When it is true love, you or I most probably know - I don't think, or wonder, or ask my friends what they think.  It's an epiphany that I'll never doubt.  If things go up, go down, shatter to a thousand pieces, build to a crushing pressure where I know something has to give, and I still never wonder about this, then it is true love.  Everything else is just; comfort (attachment), shared experiences/goals/future and good sex - or some mix of the three. Or to be realistic...isn't love just a damn result of fitting really good together and the "magnetism" towards eachother that occurs from that? Anyhow, I really like and admire Rachel so much and wish her all the best right now.

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