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Camp Bridge 2010

The 11 of January I started my training for the ½ marathon over the Öresund bridge. It started with  an “agreement” with our neighbor over a glass of wine some time  in the autumn 2009. During the long winter I have followed a program i got from, some Swedish guys that used to give advice on how to train.

During the training period I suffered from aching ankles and one of my coaches meant it could be a combination with “little” bit overweight and running on ice, snow and other difficult “street texture”. The feet and ankles have to compensate for the “insecure” foundation with some micro movements. Instead of  running I did some cycling and rollerskating instead.

The training was much about time and intensity. To find out the intensity for 80% intensity: 0,80 x (max pulse – rest pulse) + rest pulse.

The training started with 45 minutes jog with 70% intensity (for me at the time: 0.7 x (195-80) + 80 = 160 bpm) for the first 3 weeks. Then 60 min. for 2 weeks.

Phase 2 was 80% intensity 2 times a week and 1 time rush training. During the process I was recommended to  try a competition week that included a ½ marathon, just to get the feeling of  how long 21 km really is.

The last 5 weeks I have been using a program from called “formtoppa” that I found more alternate (sorry, but can’t find the link to “formtoppa” anymore).

22 weeks later, that means Saturday June 12, the big day arrived and we, x colleague Søren, neighbor Catrine and Håkan and I took the bus to Kastrup, Denmark. It started to piss down and I got the feeling that if this continue it is not going to be fun. Just as fast the rain came, just as fast came the sun and everything was fine again.

The waiting time was a bit long at Kastrup Beach park and then we walked a few kilometers before the actual start line. The first experience was the planes just flying over us, “waving” with their wings, at least thats was we thought. Next we entered the tunnel and was VERY warm but the “sound waves” was great. On the bridge we had lots of sun, great view and lots of tail wind – a fantastic experience. After reaching land again, people had gathered to cheer and at some places along the way there was music. After 21,1 km I was VERY happy to see the finish line. Was feeling a bit dizzy after passing the line and it was very crowded to get to the water depoes , get a medal and something to eat. Then I had to find the luggage that had been put on a lorry in Denmark.

We finished of in style with a great (and late) after run dinner at Casa Swedanes. Thank to all the participants for making this a day to remember.

The “Brolöp” was unique in different ways. It is the only race that pass both under and over water and that start in one country and finish in another.

My time?  2 hours 11 minutes.

cool slide show from the finish line, made by Sydsvenskan.
Swedish blog that describe the day quite well, made by Linda Andersson.

Floppy R.I.P.

Finally my floppy disks are copied to the computer to be burned on a CD…
They are destroyed and ready for the graveyard – may you rest in peace…

While working with these old school storage utilities I thought a little bit about how storage of data has changed during the last decade and what the future will bring.

The floppy disks could hold some 2 MB each and you needed several of them to copy data and for applications.  On a CD you can burn 700 MB (350 floppy disks), a DVD around 4 GB and a USB flash drive can these days contain up to 256 GB!

What’s next? More data on smaller utilities. The challenge is maybe that the USB slot USB Flash Drivesize is too big 😉 or are we going to use small data cards looking like SIM cards for the mobile? What’s the limit?

In the future the  storage utilities are maybe so small that we have difficulties handling them, we misplace them and can’t find them, a baby, dog or cat swallow them, there isn’t room for the label :-)…

Found this self portrait on one of the floppies…

Happy New Year

2009 is a gonner, very rapidly I would say. 1½ hour to the Danish Queen’s new year speach. This year we are having a “real” Swedish new year (probably with some Norwegian input) for the first time in many years. The festivities start at 19.00 so we have time to watch the speach – tradition is strong…

Yesterday we spent the evening at Vallåsen Skicenter with 4 hours of skiing between 17.00-19.00 on lit slopes, clear sky, lots of stars and full moon. Maybe that should be a new tradition…

Last year we went to Gran Canaria 5 December for a week in the sun. This year we went to the same place 11 December. That could be a tradition…

Time to say goodbye to the zeroes and welcome to the teens. Hopefully with some good food, wine, champagne, drinks, nice company and fireworks – that is the tradition 🙂

Maspalomas, Gran Canaria 2009

What’s your traditions?

The risk

Living on one side of a lot of water and working on the other and the only connection is a bridge + tunnel there is always a risk being stuck on one or the other side. If it’s good or bad getting stuck probably depends on the circumstances. Yesterday (Wednesday 18/11) me and my fellow carpool friends got stuck on the Danish side due to a truck that apparently was affected by the strong wind and blocked the road around 16.30. After some time walking around Fields shopping centre we decided to drive to a Metro station and take public transport over to the other side of the sound. The bridge opened again for the car traffic around 21.00. I arrived home 21.30 with public transport…

In the 3 years we have been living in Malmö this was the third time I was stuck in Denmark but this was the first time it took such a long time for it to open again.

Of course there is a risk driving over a bridge and under a long tunnel everyday but I guess there is a risk just being…