Saturday, 30 March 2013

A simple solution

Traffic jams
All over the globe today an increase in traffic is a growing problem. The roads built years ago are too narrow and too few. The public transport systems are packed and our environment is suffering. In most cities the politicians are talking about building more and bigger roads and railways. However this is extremely costly and it will for sure not help the environment. The main reason for traffic jams is that people go to work in the morning, and go home in the afternoon/evening, more or less at the same time of the day.

The simple solution
The irony is that there is a very simple solution to this problem. There is a solution that will dramatically reduce the traffic on our roads and on our public transport systems. And this will not cost anything at all. The solution is to have people working from their homes. For occupations, like teachers, health workers, shop assistants and so on this of course is not doable. However, today a lot of workers do all their work in front of a computer. There is no reason why these people need to come into an office every day. Going into the office is old fashion. There is nothing important that you can't do from home that you are doing in the office. Meetings, for example, are generally a complete waste of time, but if you really need them you have great tools like Google Hangout and Skype.

Save time
To many the work place is also their main social arena. But when you're working you should work, and not waste time on being social. Social you can be after work. So in stead of spending much time commuting you can spend that time hanging out with good friends and growing your hobbies instead.

Save money
Not only the government would save money, companies would save enormous amounts on letting people working from home. First of all they would not need big expensive offices for all their workers. Then you have all those that don't come to work because of things like sick kids, those who leaves early because they have to pick up their kids from kindergarten or school, or what have you got. People would be able to work more.

Stay in control
Unfortunately most leaders today won't let their employees work from anywhere but the office. They are afraid of changes and afraid of losing control. This is no valid argument though, as it is easier than ever to keep track of productivity digitally.

Save our planet, work from home!

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Tokyo on print

In the current issue of Kondis (2-2013) I've got an article on running in Tokyo. If you're not already a Kondis member you can read it here, before you sign up.

(c) Kondis - issue 2-2013

(c) Kondis - issue 2-2013

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Thursday, 14 March 2013

Telemark skiing analysis

A perfect day for telemark skiing at Wyller (src: morphogenetically).

I've been using my Garmin 910XT for tracking speed and heart rate data when doing on-pist telemark skiing in Wyllerløypa. Here are the results.

First of all, Wyllerløpya is my favourite track (overall, ever) when it comes to on-pist telemark skiing. It's just perfect. It starts of quite flat, and gradually gets steeper, with a few nice "heng" (how to translate "heng" into English I do not know). The slope is wide and the length, 1.3 km, is great. You can ski all the way down at once, and relax in the chair-lift on your way to the top.

Heart rate.

With an average speed of about 50 km/h it takes no more than one and a half minutes from the top to the bottom, without any stops. During this time my pulse goes from about 50-60 bpm to 140-150 bpm. Hence there is some aerobic effect. However, not close to a proper running interval session.


The top speed achieve in one run is normally within the 60 - 70 km/h range, but it quickly becomes a lot faster (+80 km/h) unless doing sharp turns. That is why skiing without helmet and other protection equipment is brainless.

It's easy to gain speed, even without trying.

If not turning at all you'll achieve a speed greater than 100 km/h in no time. A "few" years back I got to test a mild variation of speed skiing in Hemsedal. I reached 115.1 km/h, and that was in a slope that was far from very steep. It didn't even feel that fast, as the slope was wide and perfectly prepared. It's when you do turns in that speed you'll notice how fast it is. It's still not fast compared to those doing downhill on alpine skis, who reaches +140 km/h, while doing hefty curves. Something that would be impossible doing telemark.

115.1 km/h, officially recorded, back in 1997. And yes, this was on telemark equipment as well.

I normally don't get that tired in my legs, but due to my telemark technique I'm giving my lower back much work for the bucks. In general telemark skiing is also good balance training, as you will have to focus to position your body perfectly for managing a good carving turn.

I love Wyller (src: morphogenetically).

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Tuesday, 5 March 2013

The alternative month

It has been five and a half weeks since last time I ran, and there is still another two and a half weeks before I'll be back in my runners. For the last weeks I've been gaining weight (+ 2.5 kg) and doing a lot of alternative activities. As always I don't waste any time on being bored.

After four hours of searching the afterski was finally located.

First of all I'm back skiing, and darn that is great fun. At the moment I wish we would have another five-six months of snow ahead of us. In two weeks I've had seven days in the slope, and I've got some ideas for next season already.

Haukelifjell ftw! Days like these will stay with me for a long time...

Below is another telemark clip. This time from Haukelifjell skiresort. A "slightly" chaotic and shaky movie, but you might get the idea. I love the feeling of freedom skiing gives me. No powder, but I really do enjoy on-piste skiing as well.

But I've done some next to skiing as well. All in all it has been an active February, with some activities every day but one. No idea what I was doing on the 5th of February (see image underneath) in stead of exercising, no good.

My favourite activity has been treadmill walking. I've normally walked on 15-20% incline and 6.5 km/h for 6.5 km. A great session that I've done 14 times. My second most performed activity was indoor cycling, which I've done 9 times. Then I've done indoor rowing 5 times, telemark skiing 5 times, cross country skiing 4 times, and elliptical, aqua jog and "fat boy running" each once.

February, the alternative month.

The most boring activity was the elliptical machine (I hated this). The most efficient was fat boy running (extremely hard). The most comfortable, but still quite boring, has been cycling. The session I liked the most has been treadmill walking, as it was easy to do but at a same time felt reasonable exhausting.

Next to these session I've also had 21 strength sessions where I've built my enormous muscles even bigger. Superman, go home!

Around Easter I will once more start running. Having gained weight (muscles only, but of course) and not been running for that long, I have no hopes of setting new PBs during the spring. However, I'm very optimistic and hoping for one or two season's best.