I’ve been back in training already for more than a month and I’m loving it! Finnish autumn has shown its best, with beautiful sunny days and only little rain by now. And the best news is that I am able to train pain free! I have a couple of more weeks for building base after which I am going to move back to Florida and start training with my team.
Right now my training consists of a lot of slow pace running, body weight exercises, and gym. Last weekend I was even playing some beach volley and tennis, which was nicely different and a lot of fun! That’s one thing I like about fall training - you can do a variety of sports while having fun and getting good training in. Not that sprinting wouldn’t be fun, but… :)
Last week I also attended the Olympic camp in Santahamina. It gathers the olympians and some other top level athletes in Finland and since I didn’t make it to the team, I’m happy I was invited anyway. It’s a fun event with a not-too-serious (read: extremely serious) team competition, a seminar, good food and especially good company! And I have to say that this year’s speakers at the seminar were crazy inspirational! I know that there are people who might think that the Finnish Olympic committee is wasting money in such an event while they should be saving, but the matter of the fact is that these events cannot be measured in monetary value. They inspire, motivate, build team spirit and a feeling of belongingness for athletes that all together build a strong base for hard work and success. In my opinion that is money well spent!
At the moment I’m in Tartu (Estonia), where I’ll be training the next two weeks or so, before heading to Portugal to the EAA athletes’ comission meeting. I hope the weather stays sunny and I get to keep training outdoors and enjoying the beautiful Fall!