What If I Trained – Lifestyle Athlete

Tiina Kivelä

In Saariselkä I understood, a bit late, that I haven’t really done any orienteering, the real, sport kind of, in two years. So it wasn’t easy to synchronise my running and map reading again. But somehow I survived and didn’t even do so bad. Maybe there has been enough training hours in the old days and the 10’000h rule stays true.

For the data nerds, you may see the race results in here and my GPS tracks for the Sunday in here. I did run the whole 15+km both days and had even time for some extras (when gone that far I don’t wanna go only that far). After the Alps, the uphills didn’t even feel like uphill and my overall result in the race was third and the price: gaiters. Just what I’ve needed for advanced glacier and alpine hiking and yes, I have new goals in sight already.

LIFESTYLE ATHLETE

During the weekend, I did wonder what I could achieve in this sport, if I’d train more, just for this. But then, maybe right after I ran some extra meters, seen on the GPS, I realized that I didn’t really care about the mistake, the minutes I lost. I just enjoyed the solitude in the fells, my time (note: I don’t do traditional meditation – this is my meditation). Those racing years have gone and I haven’t really missed it so much.

This current lifestyle athlete status, as I call it, just suits me better. Even though it’s fun to stand on the start line and run against the clock and other people from time to time, I’m more interested in other challenges now. Like the glaciers and 4000m mountains. And just doing what makes me happy, and winning my own personal fears and challenges.

It’s also way more fun to have the freedom to stop for the cloudberries during my runs, like this after work run yesterday proved. And if you ever wonder strange split times in my Strava feed, here’s two of the reasons;  berries and selfies. I know I could pause the app, but I’m too lazy and don’t even want to, as it would hide something from the authentic experience.

I woke up like this and this’s how I run and keep myself sane in Lapland.

Tiina Kivelä

Tiina Kivelä

Tiina Kivelä

Where: Kemijärvi 66°42′50″N, 027°26′00″E