Ã…returen

Today I have been racing in Ã…re. This competition is new and have never been arranged before, so we are a couple of pioneers that have raced this course today.

Me and the family stayed at Holiday Club Hotel in Ã…re so we should make it to the starting line without all the stress. MÃ¥ns and Ebba didn’t sleep to well so i was a bit tired during the morning. It took at least a couple of kilometers to get the body going.

The course was 52km long, start and finish was at Åre town square. The course went from the town square up to Fröå mines and then down to Undersåker were we turned back to Åre. When we reached Åre again we went uphill to Tott and then further up the hills towards the town square, a total of 600 height meters to climb during the last 10 km.

It have been raining a lot the last couple of days so the course was a bit slippery. We made a total of around 1100 hightmeeters climb during the course so i’m happy that i did it without ”hitting the wall”.

Overall i think it was a good race but it could have been more single track and/or forest tracks and less gravel/asphalt passages. But for a first competition it was a really great arrangement by the organizers.

I finished on place 58 of 70 (that got to the goal). Next week I will attend Fjällturen in Funäsdalen, a 58 km race.

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Downhill, training and going around Lofssjön

This weekend me and the family have been in Lofsdalen, in my in laws cabin. I have been running down Lofsdalen Bike Park on Saturday an today i have been pedaling around the lake ”Lofssjön”. afterward i took a 25 km run to Glöte for some coffee with the family.

Two amazing days with training and fun activities an surpassingly good weather. Not a bad way to start my vacation period.

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Jämthjulingen

Today i have been racing again.

This time i entered Jämthjulingen, a race in my hometown around a part of the lake here in Östersund, Storsjön. This race is mainly highroad so the best is to run a racer cycle. I borrowed one for this occasion and i must say i got bitten by it, it was a really fun and different way to cycle for me that have been running mountainbike all my life.

The weather could have been better, around 9 degrees and rain. I was so cold that i could not feel my fingers in the middle of the race. I definitely see a trend of rain during racedays.

We started in the city and then raced towards Brunflo, then turned around the lake via Marieby and then in to the city again. All in all we ended up on 40km.

The race was really fun and i came on place 37 of around 200 participants (in my class) at a time of 1 hour and 17 minutes.

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Ã…sarna Mountainbike Challenge

Today it’s my birthday, i’m turning 31 and what better way to celebrate than to do a mountain bike race. Today I have been racing in Ã…sarna where there . There was really bad weather today, around 10 degrees and rain. I entered the 30 km course, i also got Simon with me to this race.

I have trained really hard the last week and was prepared for the race on the best way possible and i didn’t race like a maniac in the beginning like last week in Sveg. The race was flowing really well for the first 10 km. It was wet and muddy but really fun.

Then something happened, I missed a turn somewhere and got on to the wrong path and ended up way off the course, or i should say i ended up skipping a part of the course. When i realized that i was lost i ended the race and went home instead, i was so cold and wet that i couldn’t justify going back just to finish the race.

I’m really disappointed on myself but I’m also disappointed at the race, the turn should have been marked even better so the little focus i had at this point would have understand that we needed to make a turn.

I heard after the race that many people was feeling the same about the course markings.

Well i could definitely have had a better birthday.

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Härjedalstrampen

I have always had a dream about racing mountainbike, so the last months of hard training have inspired me to pursue this dream. I have entered a couple of races to challenge myself a bit during this summer.

Today i have been participating in my first mountain-bike challenge ever, it was a race called Härjedalstrampen that is run in the town Sveg in the county of Härjedalen. We went down to Lofsdalen on friday, the day before the race, and slept in our cabin so the travel to Sveg wouldn’t be so long.

The race was really though but fun and the track was challenging and the views where really great.

In retrospect i should have chosen a simpler course (i.e. shorter distance) for my first race to get some experience. But i got to learn a few things the hard way during my first race. I did some mistakes that led me to finishing last of the 30 participants that ran the 30km long race.

The first thing that i learned was that I had too much cloths on me during the race, it was really cold before the race and i put on some extra sweater so I wouldn’t freeze during the race. Big mistake it turned out. I didn’t think about the fact the one gets warm by cycling in though environment, so next time i will run lighter.

The second thing was when I stood on the starting line i got hit by the race devil that led me to try to keep up with the elite as they raced hard from the beginning. I got a bit tired in the beginning and couldn’t really shake it off so on the last 10 kilometers I was empty of resources. I need some boost so i will try some gel or sport drinks next time and i definitely need to train more trail running.

The third thing is not to do i race 2 days before another race. As i have written here in the blog i ran 10 km on Thursday. I did not train anything on Friday so my legs where a bit stiff, which i could have avoided by pedaling some on friday to keep the stiffness away.

So i see this race as a good start but i will get back on the horse and run more races. Although i entered last i have many things to learn and i’m happy i entered, got to the finished and got a taste of what its all about.

I got to have fun and i had great support from my family who came along with me. Now i have something to beat next year, because i will be back and then i will not enter last.

I got to see a bear as well.

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Some Cross-country at Bynäset

Today me and my friend Simon went for a cycle ride around Frösön and Bynäset. It was a really nice trip that landed around 40km. It was wet and muddy on some spots but a really nice track. To bad its mostly closed. We went around the fences to get the good part of the trail.

We took the car from Brunflo to Frösön and the we biked around the island via Bynäset.

On our way home we stopped at the café Stock Titt for a sandwich and some coffee.

Picture taken on Bynäset with view towards Bydalen

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Beautiful day at Andersön

Today me and the family were out at Andersön. I was trying the new bike around the island and then we drank some lemonade and coffee. It was a really beautiful day with sun and a summer feeling in the air.

The tracks around Andersön were surprisingly good, it was dry and really fun to jump around on the tracks. Not to many people out on the island either.

Afterwards we went to some friends for dinner and had a great time.

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Bought a new bike

I will change the course of this blog to better reflect my life. I will fill it with work, training and family stuff. So you all can expect a bit of IT mixed with children, love, skiing, biking and running.

I just bought a new bike. I went with a Trek Fuel EX 7 2015 after a recommendation in the store, i was interested in a scott scale bike but tried this and i was hooked, i’m really pleased this long.

Trek Fuel Ex 7

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Ny Cykel

Jag har alltid älskat att cykla. Denna sommar har varit fantastiskt med bra väder och många timmar på cykeln till och från arbetet. Min nuvarande cykel är nästan 10 år gammal och har tjänat mig väl men efter den senaste servicen kände jag att det var dags för en ny cykel.

Det är allt som oftast utförsäljning av cyklar i slutet av sommaren, så vi besökte den lokala sportaffären och jag fastnade för den här Scott cykeln. Det är inte den dyraste eller coolaste men den passar mina behov.

Nästa sommar kommer jag att försöka cykla ännu mer. Kanske plocka upp min dröm och intresse kring att försöka tävla i cykling.

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