Sunday, 9 November 2014

Checked: Norrøna 29 dri3 Coat

Casual and useful can go together. Since I picked up this exquisite chunk of gear I fell in love with it. The plain simple and hands-on approach is perfectly executed with this coat. The Norwegian gang of Norrona shows how its done properly. Despite considered as a “urban” jacket, the 29 Dri3 Men's Rain Coat offers a lot more. I took it to the mounts as well as to work. The clean style is great and shows that useful outdoor equipment doesn’t need to have unexciting shapes and mind-numbing colours. The well shaped 2 handwarmer pockets combined with the small chest and back pockets give enough space for all needs and are placed pretty perfect.

The three-layer Dri3 membrane feels great and saved my ass (yes, also that part of the body thanks to the lovely length…) not only during a jaunt to the grocery store but also while hiking in the mountains all day. I also valued the light and flexible material as you can roll this coat up pretty easily and compact.

Norrona shows how to combine style with function.

Little Product Clip








Saturday, 1 November 2014

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Juliet Macur „Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong“

Out in English for quite a while, I wasn’t too sure if I can take yet a additional “LA” manuscript describing a very bizarre human being. As I came across the German version I decided that Juliet Macur’s publication would be the ultimate nail on my personal Armstrong coffin.


Since I first had to watch him winning the 1999 Tour I never liked him. It might was the distressing element of seeing him riding the socks out of my all-time hero Jan Ullrich or his self-important conduct towards the press and fans. Inspecting Lance Edward Armstrong winning bicycle races felt wrong straight from the start.


After all this years of watching a very sad person getting on with his personal sickening personality, New York Times sports reporter Juliet Macur came up with a very well inscribed and authentic recap on what we all followed via different sorts of channels. An American hero that just couldn’t get enough and was so fanatical for beating the competition. The system he created and the politics he executed is beyond believe.


Macur’s book doesn’t stop at the surface of the myth. It goes deeper and describes the system and the final conclusion. It describes the fear and it outlines the power of Armstrong.

This book finally closed the door for me. No more Lance Armstrong please!

Friday, 24 October 2014

shoeporn: Nike ZM Speed RCR

Oh you sweet-smelling jaysus of discerning path and off-path jogging. These are some remarkable ordnances to praise you in the most commendable of all ways.

Approximately 5 (Yes, five!) charming ounces of racing shoe sanity. Just as you praise it. No drop. Modest and lean cushion. Beautiful thin outer and a design and color blend that just stands out from all who do not believe.

Admiration, applause, recommendation!





CLIP OF THE DAY: Can't get enough of "The Speed Project" clip. 41 con­sec­u­tive hours run­ning from Santa Monica Pier to the Las Vegas Strip. All documented in style HERE. And while youre at it - go and check Figub Brazlevic - The Missin' Flava ft. MC Rene. Reen is still the man!

Saturday, 11 October 2014

On point with Lelle Moberg

This year’s issue of the demanding ÖtillÖ battle saw an astonishing show by Team “Milebreaker / ÖppetHav”. After rambling the 2013 winning squad “HEAD Swimming” containing of Björn Englund and Paul Krochak for the main portion of the competition, Swedes Lelle Moberg and Daniel Hansson secured the duel in a spot-on elegance by thrashing out a blazing second half of the race. After 65 kilometers of running and 10 kilometers of swimming they were the first to cross the magical finish line on the Swedish Üto islet. 08:16:12 of combatting were in their arm and legs. Still enough left to bash the champagne…

Fortunate enough 50% of the wining crew, 34 year old gym teacher Lelle Moberg, found some time between kayaking the Stockholm archipelago, mountain biking the local trails, eating milk chocolate and drinking Coca cola to reply to some questions around SwimRunning, triathlon and what else endurance sport has to offer.


Picture: Gunnar Eid
Me: How would you describe SwimRun racing to “Non-Swedish” endurance fans?
Lelle: SwimRun is solely fun! Mixing running and swimming is just nice and never gets boring. Once you don’t feel like running anymore it’s time to swim again. When you have enough of the swimming, then it’s time to run. On top of that you also get to see amazing places and race with good friends.

You competed, and won this year’s Engadin SwimRun with Carolin Holmqvist. On top you raced the notorious ÖTillÖ with Daniel Hansson and secured the victory there as well. Besides an upmost fitness level, what is your secret to successful team racing?
Teamwork! You are never stronger or faster than the weakest link. You need to help each other at all times. We always carry a leash to be able to move as fast as possible while moving with the same pace. When you race SwimRun, two are stronger than one - especially during long distance racing. It’s also important to train a lot together to know each other’s weak points, how you react during pressure and when you are getting really tired.

Picture: Gunnar Eid
How does a characteristic training week look like for you?
I work with a coach, Jens Lünekilde. He helps me with my training. During the year there is a big variation depending on where I am in the season and if it’s close to a triathlon or a SwimRun competition. During a ”normal” week, I swim almost every morning before I go to work and have one longer session in the water during the weekend. After work, I train pretty much every day, either biking or running and sometimes both. On the weekends i always do my long bike session. As I work as a teacher my main training period is during the summer when I have 8 weeks holiday. During those weeks I often get more than 30 training hours in the books.

What is your favored session and why?
The early morning swim in a lake close to my apartment. It’s magic to dive into flat calm water and eat breakfast with good friends on the dock before going to work. It makes life a lot easier.

You had a successful Norseman race in 2012 (5th place finish). Is it possible to relate the roughness of this race with ÖTillÖ. Which is the harder competition and why?
It’s two totally different races so it’s hard to compare. They are both some of the world’s toughest one day races, and they are both beautiful and very demanding. Racing ÖtillÖ you fight as a team, and I believe that you, and your teammate, can push harder because you have each other. Also, running 64 km in a wetsuit is hardcore and not comparable to anything!

Picture: Gunnar Eid
Do you already have plans for the forthcoming season?
I will compete more in SwimRun and put less energy on triathlon. This year my main goal was Norseman and I put down A LOT of hours on the bike, then I had a bad day during the race and all those hours were for nothing. I believe SwimRun will grow as a sport, and the opposition will be tougher. If I don’t train for a triathlon, I will be able to put down more energy and time on running and swimming and improve. The main goals for 2015 will be Engadin and ÖTillÖ.

As you are from Sweden I guess you are into winter sports. Do you participate in any competitions throughout the cooler part of the year?
I do like winter sports but If I would compete, it would probably be on a warm place somewhere else in the world.

After winning the biggest and most respected race the SwimRun scene has to offer, what is the goal for next year’s version of ÖTillÖ?
I would love to go sub 8 hours next year!

While you training, what is your favorite record you listen too?
The black album by Metallica. Simply the best for training.

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Japan

Habitually while there is no update for more then 14 days around this piece of the magnificent interweb, I’m on a longish trip with either no access to the online biosphere or no incentive to waste time around it.

Since a couple of the days I’m back from Japan. It is a destination I desired to see for quite a while. The journey is lengthy and the country has so much to offer. My pal Seb and I decided not to hoover around too crazy and just do the stuff we do right with enough time. We coasted into Tokyo and directed southwards with stays in Kyoto, Osaka and Hiroshima before we travelled to the isle of Shikoku.

We came back with stacks of images, impressions and stories. This country, its people and culture truthfully are a very special kind, a great kind to travel around and to soak in. I left Japan with solely great memorials and the aspiration to see more of what this country has to offer – there is so much more!

If you want to see some photographs please bounce over to runssel.tumblr.com and see what we saw!

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Racereport 2014-10: ÖTILLÖ – The swimrun world championship

So much has been written about the recent ÖTILLÖ. It all is so true. This race and everything around it was pure joy.

Fabian summed everything up nicely on the Your GSP site and i wrote a piece for Brooks and slowtwitch. Go and check it out if you haven't already.

That is the last blog about ÖTILLÖ. I promise!


Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Tack, Ö TILL Ö!

It was the beautiful nature we expected. It was a bit more pain then we anticipated. It truly was something else.

To put all into words will take me some time. Until then go and check out the official images of this years edition of the Ö TILL Ö with unreal shots from by Nadja Odenhagen and Jakob Edholm.

Just another Monday morning somewhere in Sweden (PicNadja Odenhage)

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

#otillo14

This monday is Ö Till Ö day. All Info how to follow the race live can be found HERE.

Thanks a lot for all the nice messages and well wishes of far!



Thursday, 21 August 2014

Pay close attention







Tune of the day: As i bumped into Keith Flint the other day it must be "Out Of Space"