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My sporting career hasn't exactly been a walk in the park and I never really achieved what I wished for and what I think would have been possible. During these 19 years of racing and training I have changed my sport four times, being unable to decide what I really wanted to do. In addition that I've had quite a few injuries and health issues. In the past 7 years I've struggled through a severe knee injury with over 6 months of walking with the crutches, an eating disorder and peptic ulcer and finally topping it all off with multiple repetitive strain injuries including a stress fracture (all in the same foot). So for the past few years the goal has really been to learn to love and enjoy doing sports again.
|Making memories (and stupid poses) having topped Corviglia on the bike.|
|Life can't be that bad when you end up in such places on your skis.|
Kun oikeasti ketään, ei oikeastaan enää edes itseäni niin kovasti, kiinnosta olenko jossakin kisassa tai tapahtumassa ensimmäinen, viimeinen vai jotain siltä väliltä, suurin motivaattori lenkkarinauhojen sitomiseen on tullut siitä tunteesta, että olen hyvässä kunnossa. Yksi maailman parhaista tunteista on, kun lenkillä jaksaa vain jauhaa eteenpäin ja kulku paranee kellon tikittäessä eteenpäin - ei päinvastoin. Kaikki paikat ja näköalat näyttävät paljon hienommilta, kun niitä on kivunnut katsomaan omin pikkujaloin ja sydän hakaten.
Niin ja erilaisissa tapahtumissa on kiva olla yksi niistä naisista, jotka voittavat suurimman osan kuntoilijamiehistä - sen verran kilpailuhenkiseksi tunnustaudun edelleen, että miehethän on pakko voittaa, muista naisista niin väliä.
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I would still describe this sports filled life I've lived as my personal lifelong adventure of a lifetime. Without my dad taking her little girl in the red jacket to her first cross country ski races, I wouldn't have gained all these great experiences, met some of the most important people in my life, neither seen and visited some of the most beautiful places on this planet. My friend Iina wrote in her blog (in Finnish) that going to trainingcamps in great places is one of the best reasons to train and be in shape - I couldn't agree more.
Now that no one really cares if I'll end up placing first or last or anything in between, the biggest motivation to go out and train has become the feeling of being in a good shape. Little compares to the feeling on a good day when out training and you feel like you could just go on for hours and the going gets better the longer it gets. All the views look nicer when you climbed the mountains with your own two (little) feet and stop at the top with your heart pounding.
And yes - it's still nice to be one of the girls beating the guys in different events, that much of a former athlete I still have inside me.
|Happy to be in such a shape I could jump the bike and ride the one hour uphill to reach also this beautiful view at the Morteratsch glacier.|
|In the hobby skiers paradise.|
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To end this post, here's a Coldplay song, the one this blog post seems to be named after.