Swedish Long Course Nationals in Falkenberg

This morning I did my second real WoD.  Maybe not the best timing, but I am so out of shape there is nothing I can do now that will help or hurt me.

Tomorrow I pick up a van, and then four of my teammates will head to Falkenberg, 180 km away, for the Swedish LCM National Championships.

I am taking a step back from going all in and swimming all the individual events, this time I will only swim eight races over three sessions.

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Dubai, Oman, Höstsimiaden & Swedish Nationals this week…

This turned out to be longer than I planned.

On the 12th of Nov I traveled back to Dubai. It was my longest trip away from home since before Viola was born. After traveling all day wednesday I had a 12 hour work day visiting our potential new supplier on Thursday. Since the hotel gym is open 24 hours I enjoyed a late work out to clear my mind.
The Emirates weekend is Friday-Saturday, but with my office working as usual on Fridays I decided to work out of the hotel. Around 16:00 local time I turned my computer off and was ready for my one day off. I went to the gym for nearly 3 hours. Man it felt so good to workout two days in a row.

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I’ve been married too long….

I think that I’ve been married for too long. I can not go to bed (or to be more accurate fall asleep) on my own any more, I need my wife to say, “I am going to bed now.” which every good husband knows means “and so are you!”

These long days with 45-90 min in the car to work and 90-120 min on the way back to the hotel with 10 hours of work in between is draining me. I see the sun but don’t get to feel the warmth. It’s a good thing that I got extra sun on Saturday.

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Crossfit – Introduction

So last night I went to my introduction class for Crossfit. We were 12 in the class, 2 women and 10 men. For about about an hour the instructor David went through some basic movements. He was very good to point out that the key to Crossfit is to have good technique from the beginning. It was better to use lighter weights until you can do the exercises correctly. Scaling back is going to be hard for me at the beginning, but because of my “back issues” it will be for the best.

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Pushing myself to max is not natural for me.

One would think, that trying to be the best and pushing my body to its limits and then beyond would come natural to me since I have been competing since I was 6 yrs old. Surprise surprise, no it’s not. I am one of the laziest athletes you will ever meet.

Pushing myself to max is not something that comes naturally for me. I have almost always been that guy who does the minimum needed to get by. Whether it was sports or school, I did what was asked of me, I did it well, but I was not that guy who did that little extra. This became very apparent to me when I started lifting weights in college. I had no problems lifting 70-85% of my max in sets of 12-15 reps. But as we started to go from 90% up to max or a new max, I was not as driven as others. However, if I have a coach standing next to me, I would go that little extra trying not to disappoint my coach.
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