Category Archives: Skiing

After cake cardio

Yesterday was well deserved “Rest, burger and cake” -day. I have ordinary rest days, but this one was special. I had plans to have a dinner and a move evening with the boyfriend, but unfortunately BF got really really sick. For some reason I didn’t catch the noro virus (apparently that’s my super power, I’m noro resistant) and I still wanted my burger. And the cake.

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This is the moment to be happy that I have great friends. Tiiti was kind enough to help me with my Burger & Cake quest and so we headed off to Daddy’s Diner. It was fun! The worst part was that it was really really difficult to decide what cake to take. They have all the cakes in a showcase and you can go ahead and choose the one you like to go with your free coffee. Oh man we had troubles. But chocolate cake and pecan pie it was. (This actually was not our first adventure in cake land, about a year ago we did a little excursion to a place called Kakku Galleria in Helsinki, which pretty much is a cake buffe. Heaven. We hade 7 1/3 slices of cake. The last 1/3 was too much.)

Today (still no noro here, go me) was then back to normal food and normal workouts. I went skiing and skied about 8 km in 50 minutes. Why is it that the hills seem so much steeper in reality than in the pictures?

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I managed to ski faster than ever, average speed being 9km/h. And top speed 35 km/h (I told you the hills were steep…). I really enjoy skiing, I have to admit. I’m not good in it, but it’s nice. And it burns a lot of calories and it’s great cardio.

2013-01-26 14.58.18Urban cross country skiing, the ski trail goes under a motor way. I did also an hour of aqua running, because I wanted to test out how may calories it burns and what’s my heart rate while doing it. I’m going to prefer swimming, it’s as efficient and more fun. Aqua running is fun when a friend is with you, and you can just talk for the whole hour, but otherwise it’s pretty boring.

Tomorrow is gym day, so no more cake for me… I thought I’d keep these Rest&Burger&Cake -days about once a month. It’s good to enjoy and indulge every once in a while 🙂

 

Enjoying at the ski track

I went skiing again today. The weather was great! And the scenery gorgeous.

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I started from this small recreation cabin and skied little over 8 km. Which is not that awesome, but I did make one passing! And it wasn’t a 3 year old who was skiing for the first time 😀

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After the hour of skiing I was both all frozen and all sweaty, so the hot juice was well needed.

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I’m getting the hang of this skiing thing, eagerly waiting for the next time 🙂

Awesome people at the ice rink

Today was supposed to be a skiing day (again), but it went sour pretty fast. I had no traction in my skis, and when we tried to add some grip, the things just went from bad to worse. Half an hour and 3 km later I called it quits. I couldn’t use any power from my legs, and my arms are still sore from all the work. Well,  let’s take the skiing as a arm day then. It was hard to ski just using arms and not legs 😀

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Change of plans then! First we stopped by a sport store to get some ski maintenance things. And another stop to get new pair of skates to boyfriend. Then home and to the ice rink! Well, it wasn’t that easy though. The first rink was full of snow. The second rink was reserved for ice hockey players. But the third rink was a hit 🙂 Boyfriend warned me that he hasn’t skated in over 15 years, so he might not be able to even stand on the skates. But he did fine, and we skated about half an hour.

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There were old geezer’s hanging at the rink. Apparently the other one was working there since he went to put us some music on, and the other one turned out to be figure skater himself! He was something like 65 or 75 years old and full of great stories. It was nice talking to him, he told us all about his skating days and like he hated those compulsory figures one had to do then. I have had to make them too! Share the hate 🙂

Compulsory figures used to be a part of figure skating, from which the sport derives its name. Carving specific patterns or figures into the ice was the original focus of the sport. Doing figures was so boring, I was glad when they removed them from competitions (they are boring to watch too…). But if you want to read more, here some info. And I warned, they are boring. I am not lying.

I was actually quite pissed off when the skiing thing went sour. And now I’m happy that we went skating, and I got to spend time outside! I’m confined in cubicle hell from 8 to 4 each day, so a little fresh air was like winning a lottery. (A small win. Maybe 200€. Or 20€. But still, a win.)