• FINLAND
  • Fake News

    Tiina Kivelä

    It was a long winter. During which I laughed many times to this gentleman, outside restaurant Yuca in Rovaniemi.

    Then one day, in late March, I ate few tacos and drank some tequila and flew away a few days after. But no, that’s the fake news, I didn’t fake my own death nor did I fly to Mexico. I flew to Switzerland, as I have the tendency to do.

    It’s time for new adventures, both in Lapland and in Switzerland and basically all over the place. Today I’m finishing my Easter break in Appenzellerland and tomorrow I will get back to real life challenges like where in St. Gallen there’s good WiFi and coffee in the same place (if you read this and know of any, please tell me).

    You may expect a bit more action in here too from April on, as I finally have a bit more time for that and as I have so much to tell you about! And I will not care if it’s just a person who reads it – I like you and I’m more than happy to hear any feedback you may have.

    I’ll be back with more things soon, but first some sleep (traveling and daylight savings are so tiring!).

    See you later folks!


    FI: Terveisiä Sveitsistä! Maaliskuun lopulla join hieman tequilaa, söin tacoja ja lensin muutaman päivän kuluttua muille maille. Mutta kuvasta poiketen en lavastanut kuolemaani tai lentänyt Mexikoon. Valeuutisia siis. Oikeasti lensin Sveitsiin, kuten tavakseni on tullut.

    Talvi oli pitkä ja kylmä ja naureskelin usein herra luurangolle hänen ohitseen talsiessani (herra löytyy osoitteesta Yuca Rovaniemi). Loppujen lopuksi kevät tuli kuitenkin melkein huomaamattani ja hupsis, löysin itseni taas Sveitsistä, pienen pääsiäisloman ja uusien seikkailujen ääreltä. Ja hupsis, on näillä sivuilla myöskin ollut aika hiljaista viime kuukausina. Mutta ei hätää, pian on asioihin tulossa muutos. Näin aluksi, palaan takaisin suomenkieliseen sisältöön englannin rinnalla, ja seuraavaksi terävöitän kulmiani eli jatkossa suomeksi tulee löytymään erityisesti vaellus – ja retkeilyvinkkejä Sveitsiin, sekä täältä blogista että mm. Instagramista.

    Ja kaikkien elämän helpottamiseksi, jatkossa suomenkieliset kirjoitukset löytyvät helpommin otsikon ja tagin “hyvä retki” alta. Pysykäähän siis kuulolla, jos ja kun kuulostaa kiinnostavalta. Tai pysy kuulolla, ei haittaa vaikka lukijoita olisi vain yksi äiti – rakastan sinua ja kuulen mielelläni palautteesi ja mahdolliset kehitysehdotukset.

    Lisää juttua siis tulossa pian, mutta ensin kunnon yöunet sillä matkustaminen, tunnin aikaero ja kesäaikaan siirtyminen yhden viikon aikana on muuten yllättävän rankka setti.


    Where: Yuca Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland

  • Bern
  • Jungfrau Marathon 2017 – I Did It And Here Is How

    Tiina Kivelä

    It’s now two weeks since my biggest achievement so far – Jungfrau Marathon 2017, in time 5:15:06. And I thought it would be good time for my first ever marathon rep, so read on if you are interested why and how I did it.

    Die Schönste Marathonstrecke Der Welt (The Most Beautiful Marathon Course In The World) didn’t give the best views this time, but it was an amazing experience still. Other runners might have different views but I didn’t really mind that the 42.195 km and 1’829 meters altitude difference went in rain and clouds (no sight of Jungfrau mountain itself) since I knew by then the hoods like my own pockets. With the help of fog I also got lost in the runners high and could focus more on the running itself. And so I did it and finished my first ever marathon (funnily enough the Virgin Marathon) in time: 5:15:06. Though the time didn’t really matter – all I wanted to do was to finish that bastard and do something I’ve never done before. And enjoy it.

    week before I went surfing in Morocco

    True to my adventurer self, I never really did any specific marathon training for this. A week before the marathon I went surfing in Morocco and even drank a beer the night before (better not to do any dramatical changes, I thought). Last year, I walked the uphill from Lauterbrunnen and Wengen to Kleine Scheidegg, and I’ve done a 11h hike this year. Basically, I knew what was ahead of me. And I’ve been running and training, one way or another, almost all my life. I don’t know if I’m average or not, most likely not, but I do know I have good physics, active lifestyle, and I’ve ran few half’s and Lidingöloppet 30k. Theoretically, running that far (and walking the uphill) shouldn’t be a problem for someone like me. Nevertheless, I wouldn’t suggest the same method to anyone else. Expect the mental part; that even when you’re afraid and feel the challenge is a bit too big (I was damn scared and doubting myself a lot pre-race), you should do it, or at least try.

    I had and still have nasty wound (from Morocco) in my foot and it did hurt before the start. And I did doubt almost everything. However, I decided to show up and try. And look how far it got me! After the 30k mark I just kept thinking how I’ve never ran that far at once, and every step and meter after that was a little achievement. Finally, I went and finished that bastard and got that cool finisher shirt and free beer. And an important life lesson.

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    I’ve heard one should have a marathon soundtrack, but I chose to run without music, and just get lost in my thoughts and experience the runners high fully. And it was a good decision – I had nice 5h+ to reflect, on the experience itself and everything around me. In the beginning, I ran past my old home. And then past the houses and streets where I’ve been both incredibly happy and dramatically sad. I run past the beautiful villages of Lauterbrunnen and Wengen with cheering crowds, and up to Kleine Scheideggen, where I experienced the most fun and magical ski season last winter. Some parts of the track I’ve even skied down, or went sliding on our way to the office Christmas dinner (first and last for me).  Simply, there were many memories, good and bad, along the way to keep me occupied besides the running itself, and all the time I had the feeling I was home. And enjoying it.

    It was also fun to be back racing; pick up my number from the race centre and feel the familiar atmosphere of a big sporting event. A dose of excitement, a bit of fear and a lot of joy and admiration for the ones who do it faster or who do it despite whatever difficulties they have. I might never get back to regular racing, but I do enjoy going back to the old familiar things from time to time. It feels good to know what you are doing and be a bit nostalgic for the previous events and past experiences. Some do rock’n roll, I do sports. Or well, I do both…

    sauna would have been nice

     

    In the end of the race, the last 10k in the clouds and cold rain, my hands were freezing and it was difficult to hold the beer I was handed in the finish. On the other hand, the weather must have been good for me especially – I’m used to perform well enough in cold, though I have to admit I missed sauna a bit a lot at the finish.

    Later thinking, I do regret I didn’t have extra hands nor any support taking a good after the race pic of me (and hold my beer); but that doesn’t really matter as long as I managed to do the marathon itself. All by myself. The greatest and very important achievement of my life so far. And you know, when you do something like this, you pretty much feel you can do almost anything and the new ideas skip few levels when getting crazier than the marathon. I’m not sure if the next big idea will be another marathon, ultra mountain marathon, or maybe climbing up the Jungfrau mountain. But whatever it will be, it will be amazing. And challenging.

    In the end I also want to say that in addition to the experience itself, Jungfrau Marathon really was worth the money (second hand entry from my friend 100CHF); it was well organized and service and add ons were good quality. Swiss quality. Especially with the SBB partnership the entry really pays off, if the marathon itself doesn’t. It’s one of the toughest and most beautiful marathon courses in the world (with good weather it really provides with amazing views) and the organization is marvelous, though there were little hick-ups with the services after race (fyi, critique has been communicated directly to the organization and hopefully next year this part works well too). I can really recommend the race for anyone fit enough; it’s a nice event for spectators too, but I’d recommend you to consider first the running and only then the spectator / support act part. And two weeks after, I have to say that the best part of this kind of thing must be the superhuman feeling you get after finishing it without bigger problems. You sure you don’t want to experience that?

    Even though I may sound vain, it doesn’t really harm that others are so amazed of my wonder woman skills and endurance after something like this. It was really fun to walk almost normally to the local bar in Interlaken after the race and meet my friends who didn’t run the race. Yes, I had done the craziest thing that day, though I have to give them the credit to be overall awesome people and excelling in other things. They you might not run marathons, but you do better in managing and organizing and climbing mountains and raising kids and just being overall badass people. Long distance running might be my thing, but there are many other cool things you can do too. And everyone has their own struggle(s). Remember that and just do what makes you happy. And enjoy your achievements; I sure do enjoy mine now.


    Ps. If you have some amazing marathon/mountain running/nordic skiing marathon/whatever similar event to suggest, feel free to comment and help me maybe invent a new goal for next winter/year.

    PPS. My running data can be found in Strava in here.


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  • BLOG
  • GETTING SPACE: LAPLAND

    Tiina Kivelä

    I’ve finally made my way to the better (northern) side of the Arctic Circle, the real Lapland. More precisely, I’m typing this from a hotel lobby(when the WiFi doesn’t reach your room, in 2017) in Saariselkä fell resort, where I’m about to run some 15km+ today and tomorrow. While trying to adjust to the landscape which is so enormous and flat. And to the sky which is so big that it’s impossible to describe. You have to feel it.

    Talking about feelings, it’s strange to be back. I guess it’s like with the altitude – you shouldn’t rush to it but let yourself slowly adjust to a different kind of life. Or then you end up like me now… The whole body aching from making my way from sweaty Switzerland to the chilly Lapland on Wednesday after one hour sleep (the 1st of August party was definitely worth the tiredness though). I even had 3 checked in bags and 4 pieces of hand luggage with me (don’t tell the airline; I still don’t know how I did it). Whoopsie.

    And like that wouldn’t have been enough, during the two days in Lapland I’ve already found myself working, orienteering (our family likes to gather in forests) and meeting Santa and stumbling on the rocky paths to acquire some bad ass bruises and scratches (it seems to be that the less risk there is, like 2000m cliff by the trail, the more I stumble). I am rushing with this and feel dizzy, even though I should know better. But if I concentrate on the distance, look at the horizon far far away and think how far the mountains are… I’m not sure if I really want to think about the distance right now.

    Though it’s not so bad really, to slow down. What Lapland lacks in weather, mountains, urban settings and a number of people, it compensates with space, wilderness, freedom and sauna. And the reindeer paths, windy and rarely leading to anywhere, make me think that those creatures seem to know something crucial about freedom. How it’s not about the destination really, but about the journey. Or they are just lost and simply don’t care. Either way, let’s enjoy the ride, whatever speed.

    Now I have to run to run, but please be tuned for more Lapland stories. The map below will also acquire more content soon. Take care, stumble less, and see you later!