Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Run to the hills

A nice run to the hills today! Sunny, but icy.

In December the sun doesn't rise too high in Finland.

All the boulders were covered with a thin layer of ice.

A pond reflecting the blue sky.

Nice sunny day for trailrunning.

The blue ice made uphills more challenging.

The north faces of the hills were often snowy like this.

This short but steep uphill is one of my favorites in the hood. Ran it 8x.

Nice boulders and tons of rowanberries.

Steep hill, thick woods.

Inside a war bunker I found beneath a hill.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Secret Trailplodder ChiaBars

People have asked me the secret recipe for my homemade sports energy bars. Ok, here it comes. Designed by Trailplodder, they are really really simple. Minimalist baking with just a handful of ingredients. No added carbs, fats or proteins required - but please feel free to add anything you like. This is not an exact science. I never measure any ingredients. My every batch is different.

The latest batch out of the oven.

The simple and easy recipe of my Secret Trailplodder ChiaBars is as follows:
  • about 100 grams well-soaked chia seeds (just throw your chia seeds in a bowl and add plenty of water a couple hours before)
  • after the chia seeds have absorbed the water in the bowl, mix any other seeds until the consistency seems right for baking: shelled sesame or hemp or flax seeds, or sunflower seeds, whatever you have/want
  • you might want to add add some salt and spices for flavoring (I use turmeric a lot for health) 
  • you may add some dried fruits (dates, cranberries, etc) for carbs as desired
  • pour & flatten the mixture on a baking sheet and bake about 30 minutes in 200°C and then dehydrate a bit more in 50°C as necessary
  • cut in pieces and store in a container in the fridge. 
I keep a few bars in the fridge for long workouts.

The main motivation for doing this is that I was frequently told it's impossible to make bars without eggs, oils and butters or something else I felt was unnecessary. Then I discovered the amazing powers of chia seeds as featured in the book Born To Run. The rest is history. Also I thought the bars sold in stores are mostly crap and very expensive. I do buy some bars occasionally when travelling, but at home it's so easy to bake your own.

Friday, December 12, 2014


Golden Ratio Triathlon is my solo test-workout. Today I did a Half-GRT: 1.2K swim, 55.6K bike and 13K run. My total time (including all breaks, transitions, meals etc) 5h47min is my new PR. The old one was 6h51min. This means a whopping 1h04min improvement!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Run in the Sun

Run in the sun!
We had only 13 hours of sunshine in November in Helsinki. Most of it occurred in the first half, so we got just a couple of hours in the past fortnight. We are located approximately on the same latitude as Anchorage in Alaska.

A panorama from today's run.
What's more, we don't have any snow yet on the ground. This adds greatly to the perception of darkness. Sometimes we can have 50cm of snow in December, but it doesn't look like that will happen this winter.


I ran my standard 20km route today, sandwiched between my morning swim and evening bike. It was very nice, if not downright awesome!

Frosty December trail.

I have a feeling December will be a great month for trail running this year. Here's a link to this workout's Strava. Keep on training!

View from Mt Haltia.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Mountain Art Gallery

The Wetterhorn (1838) by J.W.Schirmer. This mountain is along Eiger Ultra Trail course.
I've created a Mountain Art Gallery consisting of 100 paintings at Google Cultural Institute. With their Art Project you can discover diverse art collections around the world. The artworks can be explored at incredible detail. This might well be the highest form of art :) Check it out!