Fish & Birds

26 Mar ’14

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Metal versions of it at least.

Worth the commute

28 Feb ’14

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OK, it’s cold and windy. Most of the days wet as well this time of the year. But a view like that on the way home makes it totally worth it.

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Early morning

22 Feb ’14

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Fogged

20 Feb ’14

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Not much of a view from the bus-stop yesterday. The bus… well. I biked to work but got a flat tire. And since I didn’t have a spare tire or tools with me…

Waiting

11 Feb ’14

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This was last week when I was using the bus as means of transport. It was still before the Doc said I could exercise again. Beautiful west coast with its sunset. But the bus …. that is just not my thing. Rather walk. Actually… now I look at this photo, I think I could swim maybe 80% of the way (if I could swim that long). Just that last bit up the hill. Have to look that up.

Friday lunch and afterwards

10 Feb ’14

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This was taken last week Friday. I got the green light from the doctor to exercise again. So Thursday evening was a bike session and since I was working from home on Friday, I thought I might as well go for a short run and see how my body reacts to it.

As you can see it was not a lot of quality running. Loads of ice sheets like this. So off to the side in the snow where you don’t know where your foot is going to land. But still…. It went OK. the only problem I had was afterwards at home. Showered OK, had lunch. And then….. somehow my back went into full relapse. One tiny sidestep and a pain shooting from my lower back into my right leg to my knee. And inside my hip somewhere as well. But mostly my back. Walking up to the daycare center to pick up Zeb is normally a 3 minute walk, which turned into a 20 shuffle session. Not good. But the more I moved in the afternoon the better I get. Medication again and an early bed. By Saturday that pain was gone again as usual (sleeping always seems to help).

So no more high impact sport for me until I visited the orthopedic physician. I am on the list there now, but since this is Sweden, this can take weeks. So we’ll have to see and wait. Maybe this will be the year of biking and swimming, instead of biking and running like I thought. Who knows?

And now it’s gone too

3 Feb ’14

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It’s raining now. The snow is melting away and freezing over during the nights. The worst period of the year in my eyes.

And I can’t play in it

30 Jan ’14

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So nice outside. The snow is just piling up and the temperatures just under 0°C. Barely any wind. Any kids perfect winter day I would say. And my brain just goes “Me too, me too!!”! Yes, of course I am still a kid as well.

The problem is that the old “injury” is playing up again. Yesterday was really bad. The worst I have had in maybe a year or so. I woke up with a pain in my right hip/leg/lower back (yup, the area hurts). And just making it downstairs for breakfast was…. Let me put it this way: I walk funny to try to avoid any pain shooting around in above mentioned area, so my muscles start stiffening and cramping up. The result is even less mobility and all the muscles get inflamed.

The only thing to do is lay down on the floor wherever I am standing. Relax and wait. Once that went over Linda drove me to the doctor’s. There they saw I have been visiting them a few times with the same symptoms in the last year. So now they made a wise decision to get some X-rays. Which I did this morning. Now we just have to sit and wait till next week when the doctor will call back.

In the meantime, it’s taking medicine and no running or biking for at least a week. Which is the hard part. I can hear my bikes and shoes scream and it’s hard to ignore… I mean, I trained the whole of 2013 with some back/leg pain …. But I guess if I want to let it heal properly this time … TBC

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The new commute

28 Jan ’14

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Not the best shot ever seen on this space. And was it me standing somewhere with my DSLR (which is collecting loads of dust these days…. damn you Steve jobs for making the perfect digital MacGyver tool), it would be a lot better, but running in a snow storm in the evening and taking that shot with an iPhone 4 nonetheless…. Not bad I would say.

But the point is that I am running that stretch of road to work. That bit that 2 years ago took me almost as long to bike as I need to run it now. I don’t even like to bike it anymore in the winter, because that 10 km is just about enough to warm me up on the bike. In the summer one can make long detours and let that CX bike taste some forest, sand, mud and the likes (it really hates asphalt). But now….?? Not so much.

So we just have to run it out, I guess. But first let that hip pain heal a bit. Seems to be a problem with the Psoas, Iliacus or Pectineus. not sure which one, so I should book a visit to a chiropractor.

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I did feel like an icebreaker at sea

20 Jan ’14

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This is what a winter commute is supposed to look like. Loads of snow and ice, freezing temperatures, darkness and a fair bit of wind. Before Xmas it was almost 10°C and raining most of the time. Didn’t feel like winter and some of the plants outside were confused as well.

And then the temperature started dropping. Then it started freezing. Then it started snowing. And at the same time my “hunger” to go out and bike was slowly fading away as well. Not that I was sofa-surfing, I still did my bit of running. But biking… Nope wasn’t there. Until somehow this weekend for some reason I started convincing myself to go out and bike to work again today. And I am sooooo glad I did. Hard work of course, but I forgot how much fun this is. Even in this kind of weather, the right clothing is everything. So. many more kilometers will be done this year, that’s for sure. And hopefully a bit more than 2013.

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The first run to work …. ever

13 Jan ’14

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And yes, there was some snow. Actually it feels pretty crazy to do this, but biking straight to work these days (so I could run in the evenings) is just not that fun anymore. So the smart part of me decided to start running to work. I thought it would be feasible since I have done longer runs than 9 km lately. And it wasn’t to bad actually. Hilly the way I went for it. I could go longer and flat. But that is for next week or so.

The only thing I have to learn is how to dress properly. The layering you need for biking is waaaaaayyyyy too much for running. Overheating was my biggest problem for sure. And the reason I think why it went slower than what I expected.

The other mistake of the day ….. I ran back home as well. Had only a few sandwiches for lunch and that is just not enough energy for the day to do 2 x 8,5 km runs. So i bonked halfway the run home. But lessons learned!!!

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The way it looks like when

8 Jan ’14

I run around in the evenings here:

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All blurry and wet. Wind and rain will do that. But what I noticed from last winter commuting to work is that as long as you have the right clothing, it doesn’t matter if it’s freezing, snowing, raining, storm, …. But in my opinion I think I prefer this kind of weather over warm and sunny. Might explain why I migrated north years ago instead of south.

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