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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Weekly roundup December 10, 2017

this post is the first of the new format. I will try to summarise the weekly training efforts and hopefully with time to get in to depth about each workout and what the purpose of the workout is.

Monday December 4th

Activity:  Yoga
Time:  25 min

The yoga is aimed at improving mu mobility and flexibility.

Wednesday December 5th

Activity:  Running
Distance: 4,71 km
Time:  27:47 min
Average HR: 141 bpm

I'm going slow for the month of December and probably for most of January as well to built my enginge. I'm not doing run-walk ans till keeping the HR average fairly low, not as low as run-walk but ok for me and continuous running. It also does not feel super slow and I'm ok with it being up towards 6 min/km. This was my normal morning route and when I need to get to work I can't spent much more time on this and have to do the best of the time given.I can use them to work on improving the HR for instance.

Thursday December 7th

Activity: Yoga
Time: 20 min

Strengthening sun salutations, when just watching the video this one might look easy but you do build up a sweat and it is harder than it looks. This one is fabulous for improving leg strength and and flexibility. Lots of Standing forward bend.

Friday December 8th

Activity: Running
Distance: 5,76 km
Time 33:45 min
Average HR: 143 bpm

The normal morning route but with some added distance since I felt I had some extra time this morning. The average BPM was up a little but I did add another two hills and I also increased my pace a few seconds which always bumps the bmp's up a little.

Sunday December 10th

Activity: Running
Distance: 9,04 km
Time 53:04 min
Average HR: 141 bpm

This was supposed to be the long run of the weekend but I had to sleep in Norahs bed half the night I managed to over sleep and did not wake up until 5:48 but decided to go out for the run anyway and do what I had time with. It ended up to be just over 9 km. It was a nice morning and since I didn't get out until 6:20 am I did actually see lights on in some houses. I had a few minutes in to the run for a route but I was feeling good so I added som distance. It was a good run as a replacement for a long run that was suppose to the up to even 21 km, but I will push this to next weekend.
I'm using my Nike Free currently because the ate the freshest and also have a few more millimeter drop than my Innov8 and Salming. I think I will move to have both minimalist and normal shoes going forward. What I do need to go ahead and get new shoes though.

In the future I will try to pu in a plan for the upcoming week but I'm running out of time here....

Thanks for reading,

Monday, September 11, 2017

Monday, September 11, 2017

16 years since the horrific events in New York, Washington DC ans Pennsylvania at the hands of hijacking terrorist. Yes I do believe that that was the case, cells with Al-quida members planned and performed the attacks. For me it was a though situation to handle since this happened only weeks I had moved back from 16 months in San Francisco. I knew many people that were affected by the events in different ways.

What still is hard to understand, but on the other hand it is not because there always is, that there are people that do not agree with the common opinion of what happened. Just read this site

No matter the event there are always going to pop up conspiracy theories and these people are hard to argue with since they do not always accept what the rest of us consider facts. My problem with theories like these are, why would someone go through that kind of planning to do this damage to their own country (theory, the government was behind the attacks) regardless how bad they want to go to war.

Thanks to anyone who read,

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Sunday September 10, 2017

Busy day today with double dance classes and a birthday party but hey who's complaining about things like that when there is Liverpool FC and The SF Giants to cry over this weekend.

Also other people have much worse situations this weekend.

Mostly I'm thinking of the island of St Maarten and other islands tha has been in the path of hurricane Irma. St Maarten was hit when the storm was classified as a category 5 hurricane which is the highest class that hurricanes can have as of now. Reports say that it is the strongest and biggest atlantic storm since satellite tracking started. From what I have seen the devastation in some pictures from St Marten and it looks really bad and like it will take a long time to rebuild and there are reports of problems in the streets with looting etc. We have good memories from our visit to St Marteen in 2013. We currently don't have any information on the damages to the time share hotel we staed at and where my in-laws have a time share. We are also unsure if they can go there this winter.

Others who are in a bad situation are the so called Dreamers in America. These are people who cam to America with their parents and were underaged at the time. These people have a program called DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, that they can apply to be a part of which protects them from deportation etc. The members of the program have to go through screening to be accepted in to the program and they have to pay $500 every 2 years. One of the requirements of the program is that they can not be convicted of a crime.

As this article tries to clarify that America does have something to loose on ending this program and sending these some 800.000 people in the program back to their country of origin which they might not have seen for 20/25 years and might not have any relation to. Another problem is that there is no path to citizenship for these Dreamers.

But for me it comes down to pure decency and showing some compassion for fellow humans who are caught in a though situation. The better action would be to work to create a path to citizenship.

This pretty much sums up the republicans on this issue.

Thanks to anyone who read,

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Helsinki 2017

On a whim a few months ago we asked my family if they wanted to go to Helsinki cruise with us and now the time had come to set sail and we had great weather the whole weekend as shown in the below picture that was taken just before bedtime from our cabin window.

Baltic sunset

The setup was that we sailed over night from Stockholm to Helsinki with a afternoon departure on Friday. Since we booked so late we could not all get seating at the same tables for dinner. We and my parents had the early buffet on Friday which was good for the girls so they got food on a decent time. I think all had a decent nights sleep the first night and was ready to head over to the hotel that was booked. We managed to find the appropriate street car that took us all the way from the harbor to the hotell in one go with no changes. After we dropped the bags at the hotel for a afternoon check in we headed back downtown to see what Helsinki had to offer. First up was to get some coffee etc. and then I needed to try out the selfie stick off course.

Is the selfie stick working?

I think only people who give their consent is in this picture.

After that well deserved fika break it was time to explore for real. There were some different interests in what people wanted to do so we did split up in several groups. Our group eventually found a Street Car that went around downtown as a sightseeing thing and you got to see a bunch of stuff and I think it was cheaper than the Hop-On Hop-Off busses. Granted there was no guide talking but we did not really care.

Fountain close to the harbor

Get this show on the tracks...

I hope the designed stuff in the store was better than this sign... 

Somebody mentioned that they would have liked to
have clothes when working as a blacksmith

Nice architecture downtown Helsink 
After the street car tour we had spotted a location that looked like it had a bunch of restaurants so we ventured over there again by another street car and found a nice place to have som food. When we were on our way back to the number 4 street car to go to the hotel to check in we came across a string quartet playing ABBA in the shade. How about that? They got a little donation at least.

String quartet draws some attention
Decent food was had through out the trip and some beer as well and a few of them are shown below.


I think everybody had a good weekend even if we were tired when we got back to Stockholm on Monday morning.


Football time

So one of the must do's for Jim was to go to a home game with Hammarby while he was here. The only game that was being played during his stay was against Örebro SK so thats what is had to be. Örebro might not be the most exciting team in the league but they have played better of late and with the not so good showing from Bajen at Häcken in the previous round it was a uncertain outcome for this game.

I met up with Jim, Thomas and Peter at Central Bar on Folkungagatan on Södermalmand from there we walked over to Tele2 Arena via Götgatan and Johanneshovsbron. I had never been to Tee2 before (thats how bad of fan I am) and I like the stands and the how they are setup. It felt like there were prety good view of the field from most seats . The stairs and entry ways are ind of boring but on the other hand you don't spend much time there anyway.

Here it was it looks like from inside,

The game was ok and eventually Bajen started dominating and scored a late goal in the first and an early in the second half which pretty much sealed the deal on this day.Here we are celebrating the 2-0 goal.

Forza Bajen

Eventually long tine fan favorite Kennedy Baki...(who can spell that with out googling it) came on as a substitute in the second half.

With a late insurance goal and a goal for Örebro in the final minutes the score ended up 3-1 in our favor this day. We were happy and the players looked happy and came over and thanked the fans.

But happiest in the stands on this day was  this guy.

Thanks for reading.


Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Dalarna 2017-06 (day 1)

So Jim and me wanted to get a for an overnight thing and see something outside Stockholm. After a some thinking  we decided to go and visit my parents who Jim had not seen since my wedding. So off towards Rättvik it was. We started early on Wednesday and decided that the first stop should be the Copper Mine in Falun. This site is on the UNESCO World Heritage List which is a list of a 1000+ sites around the world that the UN has decide are important to preserve for future generations. It is a pretty impressive list to be on I guess. When you drive in to the city of Falun from the south the first you see are the 2 ski jumping hills at Lugnets skiing stadium and Jim wanted to go see them up close so that is what we did.

Here is also a video about Falun and Lugnet.

After we were done with Lugnet we headed down to the Mine area for our pre booked guided tour.  I had not been to any of the sights except for the main ticket office but we did not see any of the exhibitions at that time. Now we had a few minutes before the tour and we walked around a little an checked  out some over ground stuff. Like this rather big hole in the ground.

And this guy out on a walk.

Then we headed down in to the mine on the guided tour. On the tour you get down to the depth of 55 meters and you get a lot of information about the history of the mine an surroundings.  The mine has been in Falun for over a 1000 years and was closed on December 8 1992. I'm sure you can read more on the link above. The most interesting moment of the tour is when they at 55 meters depth turn out the lights and you are standing in the complete darkness and there is no light that your eyes can adjust to so the darkness just continues. Here are a couple more pictures,

After we surfaced we did a quick tour of the main museum and did a lunch and then we headed towards Rättvik because Swedish fika at my parents house was waiting, awesome as always. We noticed we had a opening in the schedule so we dashed over to Vidablick which is a outlook point looking out over Lake Siljan and you are for a fee allowed to walk up into the tower and get the really great view.

They also have a café at Vidablick but we were Fika'ed out already but always time for a photo op.

We also shoot up to the top of the local ski hill to get another view of Rättvik and then we noticed they had the Summer Luge open and put that as a maybe for the next day. After dinner with my family we decided to walk "downtown" and walk out on the pier, Långbryggan. The pier is 628 meters long and here is a few pictures from the walk which also took us past the Church boat on display.

After that we needed to relax and also that was accomplished with ease at Big Street. End of day 1.

Vaxholm 2017-06-18

We thought it would be nice with a short excursion to the inner archipelago on a sunny day. We decided to take the Waxholsbolagets boat to Vaxholm from Strömkajen just outside Grand Hotel. Also this time we brought along our friend Jim who is here from San Diego on a 5 week sabbatical.

As you can see above you also get a good view of the Royal Castle as well as Stockholm Old Town as the boat departs. You also get a good view of the amusement park Gröna Lund as you leave Stockholm City heading out in to the archipelago.

Once in Vaxholm we decided to take a short walk from the harbor to Vaxholms Hembygdsgårds Café which had nice atmosphere and good stuff for a lunch/coffee break.

Jim and Norah in Vaxholm

Sweets for my sweetie

Big anchor in Vaxholm