micke-midlife on July 5th, 2009

Those triathletes are admirable. They jump off their bikes, the shoes still sticking to the pedals, slip in their running shoes and off they go onto the running leg. The rythm switches on the first 500m. It took me 21km.
After the bike tour, I took a two day time-out to rest the legs and [...]

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micke-midlife on June 28th, 2009

Arrived at the final destination save and sound. The last day was quite good to ride, although the legs were tired and they were happy to hear that it’s the last day. Other than for those guys, who ride the Tour de France. If I’m not mistaken, they go beyond 3000km in those 14 days, [...]

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micke-midlife on June 27th, 2009

In the morning, I was close to call it quits and look for the next train station. It just was no fun to ride. Water from above, a drizzling rain set in. Water from below, the streets were wet and my bike wheels started to act like sprinklers with a lot of water ending on [...]

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micke-midlife on June 26th, 2009

Riding alone is only half the fun. Stefano’s knee didn’t get better. The pain krept up into the thighs, we decided it’s better for him to quit and take the train, unfortunately. The stakes were too high, it could have harmed his marathon training and Berlin preparation schedule. After all Stefano’s damn close to go [...]

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micke-midlife on June 25th, 2009

The last of the three Sweden days saw me riding in the southern tip of this fine country. I hate to say this but everything in the landscape and countryside looks a tad nicer than in Finland. Well looked after farms and country houses and less dense forests. The southern tip then has a lot [...]

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micke-midlife on June 24th, 2009

Today it happened, the big disruption - Stefano’s knee. Some minor indications already yesterday, it hurt a bit while riding but not badly and no swelling or so. We started to ride in the morning and quickly had quite a speed, average around 30km/h. But the knee started to hurt so badly after about 80km [...]

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micke-midlife on June 23rd, 2009

Stockholm is horrible to go through by bike. Especially if you’re not local and planned the route based on major ways to get out of the city. The signage of the cycle paths leads you constantly to the other side of the road or far away from it. At the end we opted to hop [...]

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micke-midlife on June 22nd, 2009

250km and 8:55h later (net riding time) we arrived in Turku. The pictures and videos of this day (above) are placed on the map in the Sports Tracker service, link provided in the side bar.
The highlights of the day in summary.

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micke-midlife on June 20th, 2009

The bike tour that starts on Monday 22.06. is covered live via the Internet. You can track where are any minute on the Nokia Sports Tracker. You’ll see our current position on a map, together with speed and heart rate information. Well never mind the latter, I don’t expect readers to go totally excited by [...]

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micke-midlife on June 16th, 2009

When going on a bike trip, there are two options. Either you go riding a bike or you go carrying luggage. Since we wanted to preserve the fun of riding fast bikes and and not towing up each hill at least 25kg, we opted for the former over the latter and are traveling light. When [...]

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