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Our Weekend, Week 51 – Almost Christmas!

Not many days left until Christmas now, so I thought I would catch you all up with what we’ve done since last weekend, and what our plans are for Christmas.

Yesterday we had our annual Christmas party, but we made it a bit smaller this year, and made some proper vegetarian Christmas food and just one dessert. (The past two years we have had some sort of snacks available and lots of desserts!) We also made our delicious mulled wine and winter Pimm’s again, and I think everyone had a great time. 😀

Today we drove down to Sofi’s parents in Skåne with Lisa and Tommy, and stopped off for a nice lunch in Falkenberg on the way. We will be here for a few days and will celebrate an early Christmas on Tuesday with Sofi’s parents, brother, and Lisa & Tommy. On Wednesday we will fly to England to celebrate Christmas there.

It will be nice for Sofi to have Christmas food in both Sweden and England, because the food you get is very different, and I know she’ll love it. For me, so long as I get Brussels sprouts and roasted potatoes I am happy…otherwise I would rather eat more “normal” food than Christmas food…but what I am looking forward to though is having English Christmas desserts: minced pies, Christmas pudding, Christmas cake. These are probably my favourite thing about Christmas in England, and my mum has already made the Christmas cake and will make a Christmas pudding for Christmas Day 😀

So with all that food going down (and probably some alcohol as well), how will we avoid going up in weight too much and also keep our training going? Well, we have taken our running and cycling gear with us. We are planning on having a couple of runs down here in Skåne (one short one tomorrow probably, and then one long one on Tuesday – there has been a lot of talk about doing about 20 km), then I will cycle in England and Sofi will run and cycle in England.

There is always a lot of free time around Christmas (if you’re not working), so there is definitely time for exercise! We’re not planning any intense sessions, more steady sessions just so we get out and don’t put pressure on ourselves to go fast in case our bodies are tired…and weighed down by all the food! I’m looking forward to our run on Tuesday and then getting some rides in while we’re in England.

 

So our week looks like this:
Monday – Christmas shopping, short run
Tuesday – Early Swedish Christmas, long run
Wednesday – Flight to England
Thursday – Christmas Eve party at my sister’s, long ride (hopefully)
Friday – Christmas Day, rest day
Saturday – Boxing Day, ___ ride
Sunday – Sale shopping, walking round shops

 

We hope you have a very merry Christmas, we’ll post something again soon!
/Jason

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Cycling training: taking it indoors

I’m a bit late starting my indoor training this (next?) season, partly because of the CX season, partly because it has only just turned into winter (it has been fairly mild, but now the roads are starting to get some ice), and partly because I have just been slow to start. So I thought I would share some reasons and advice for taking training indoors during the winter. Continue reading

Our Weekend, Week 50 – Lucia!

It’s Monday again, yay! Or not 🙂

We had a great weekend so that makes up for the fact that today it was cold and dark when you had to go up and go to work.

On Friday we both came home from work feeling a bit tired, like you usually do after a long week going up at 6 o’clock. We still decided (or I did) that a session on the turbo trainer and rollers for Jason would be a good idea to set the mood for the weekend. Sometimes physical exercise makes you relax so much better than to just go lie on the sofa.

We did an interval session with Sufferfest video. This was my first time this winter on the turbo trainer and it felt good! After the session we made a nice dinner and just relaxed.

On Saturday we got up early because my parents were coming to see us. When they arrived we had some coffee before going into town for lunch. After lunch Jason made a quick detour to go and get a signed copy of Fredrik Kessiakoff’s new book. He is a Swedish former professional cyclist. Jason then joined us at Liseberg.

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Liseberg is an amusement park here in Gothenburg and in December it turns into a Christmas landscape where you can see snowmen, snow covered Christmas trees and Santa Claus. It all feels a bit artificial since there has not been any real snow yet this year. But you do get into a nice Christmas feeling with all the Christmas music playing and the Christmas food that you can buy as well. There is an ice skating rink and they have real reindeer from Lapland (north of Sweden).

We walked around and looked at everything and bought a few things. My mum entered one of the many raffles they have and was lucky enough to win a large box of chocolate 🙂

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After a few hours we went back to town so that Jason could buy a Christmas outfit. In the afternoon after my parents had left, I went for my second running session of the week. I had decided to do 3 sessions this week and since there were only 2 days left it had to be done! 🙂 So, I went out with the intention to do an interval session. Unfortunately it had become very slippery on the roads so it was impossible to run fast and when it is dark you have to be extra careful since you can’t really see what you step on. The last thing I want is an injury so I decided to take it slow. It is better to finish the session in a different way than to skip it altogether.

In the evening we made a nice dinner and an apple pie! We love apple pie and it was delicious. There will be a recipe up shortly.

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On Sunday it was Lucia and time for Jason to use his Santa outfit. He was doing a cyclocross race here in Gothenburg. I came to see the race just as they were starting. Many cyclists had shown up but Jason had the best outfit 🙂 The sun was shining and I really enjoyed standing there in the sunshine watching them get muddy.

Jason had a few problems with his Santa outfit. I don’t think it’s the best cycling outfit (at least not if you want to win). However, that was not what he was after. He just wanted to have fun, and so he did. He won a prize for best outfit in the race so I think he was pleased 🙂

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Very amusing for me to watch and before going home I went past town to buy a few things. When I came home Jason was already home again and washing his bike on the balcony. I made us some lunch and after eating I decided to go for my last running session of the week. The plan for the final session this week was a distance run. I will try to do one every week now and a distance between 10-15 km. I knew there was about 1 hour of daylight left and so it was perfect for an hour’s run. The sun was still shining and it was the perfect temperature. It had become a little bit icy on the roads again so I had to take it carefully on Sunday as well. That didn’t matter though since I did not want to push too hard and keep the average pace to 5.20-5.40 min/km. In the end I ran 11 km with an average pace of 5.25 min/km so it was perfect.

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We then did our weekly shopping and ended the evening with a Christmas movie and the left-over apple pie!

This week is a bit hectic but I will really try to get my training sessions done no matter what.
I hope you will all have a great week!

/Sofi

Running thoughts of the day

Yesterday when I came home after work I went out for a short run. I have decided to get 3 running sessions in this week. What you should do when you have decided to go for a run after work is to NOT go and lie on the sofa, you will never get off of it. Go out straight away 🙂

When I go out for a run I (almost) always decide beforehand how far I will run and what type of session I want to do. I think that is one of the key aspects when it comes to my training. I have never been the type of person who goes out running without a plan. I also think it is important to set goals for yourself becuase they push you and act as motivation.

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Bikefit Time!

Last week I had a bike fit on my new bike at Specialized Concept Store Göteborg. My last bike fit was less thorough, and was 3.5 years ago, so I had been looking forward to this for a while. The bike fit was a Specialized BG Fit bike fit, which is like many bike fits in most ways, but is Specialized’s own way of doing it and is the same across all BG Fit stores, and even used on Specialized’s pro-team riders.

I recently bought a bike fit book, and have been enjoying learning a lot about how small changes in position can make a big difference. I have also made minor adjustments based on this, but unfortunately I cannot be as accurate measuring myself as a professional would be. That is why I was excited when I booked my bike fit! Continue reading

Sunday workout – running and circuits

Today we had decided to do a mini session together with both running and some exercises with our kettle bell and TRX band. We bought those to be able to do small workouts at home and not have to go to the gym. I have always been a member of a gym but the last 6 months I have not been once. I want to focus on my running and cycling and there has simply not been enough time (or motivation) to go and work out inside. Continue reading

Long time no blog

We’re back! It has been a long time since we posted anything, and a lot has happened since our last post…we’re sorry for neglecting our blog and all of our followers!

Where have we been?
We have realised that we don’t necessarily have the time to make 2-3 new recipes each week (we do still do that when we cook, but we like to perform a quality-control check on all our recipes and test them a couple times first – this takes time), so our blog is taking a slightly different direction. Our most popular and most fun posts (at least for us to write) have been our weekend and mid-week catch up posts, so we are going more towards being an active lifestyle blog, with vegetarian recipes as a smaller part of the blog.

What does this mean?
Well, for starters it means we will post more about our training, competitions, equipment, and goals. We will also give training tips and look at different methods of training for different goals and sports.

When will we start?
Today! We started our day with a steady 5 km run and then did an intense circuits session, so we will describe that a little in detail this evening 🙂

We really hope that we can keep up our blogging again now – it is something we both really enjoy doing, and we have been talking about starting the blog up again for aaaaaaaaages!

What have you missed?
Big news: we got engaged! I (Jason) proposed to Sofi at the top of the mountain on Jeju, Korea, after we cycled up it in the summer (one of our earlier training goals). Sofi not only got a ring, but I bought her a lovely new bike as an engagement gift as well.
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I also have a new bike…actually two new bikes! I took up cyclocross this season, and have even done a few races. And my beloved Tarmac had a fault in the frame, so I got a replacement frame and have upgraded a few parts as well.
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What are some things to look forward to?
Pictures of our bikes! (I think that’s fun anyway 😀 )
Sofi is running a marathon next year! This will be the source for a lot of her training information and tips, and I know she will do really well.
I will be focussing a lot on road racing (cycling) next season, but am also doing Vätternrundan (a 300 km cycle event around on of Sweden’s lakes) with my club and aiming for under 8 hours (or 8.5 hours depending on the consensus in our group in the spring).
We have a few training camps planned for both cycling and running, so will describe those in detail and hopefully have some pretty pictures 🙂

 

Sorry again for not posting regularly, but we hope this change in focus will make us more active beans!
/Jason