Training camp, Swedish summer and road race sprinting

Believe it or not, I'm back in Stockholm and will be for a while. At least that's the plan for now, but if anyone got a better idé or an adventure for me to join...I'm in.

Just got back from two lovely weeks of training on Rhodes and Kos. I'm starting to realize what you've been through at home. Swedish summer really deliver at it's best. Just above freezing temperature and this never ending rain. The Greek whether was just perfect for training. We even did an open water session, no wetsuit. Not quite the case at home recently.

Best of Rhodes was this adventurous and playful trail running down a river just beside the hotel. If you go to Rhodes around Faliraki just follow the blue marking we made to find it. At all our destinations we scout trails and mark them for Apollos guests at Amondo concept hotels. 

Our new adventure trail down a river in Faliraki, Rhodes

Our new adventure trail down a river in Faliraki, Rhodes

For the second week we took a ferry over to Kos. A beautiful island that we found out as a mountain bike paradise. All over the mountains there were awesome gravel roads both up and down and some cool and fun traversing. Just look out for turtles, they're everywhere. Also real far from the ocean at the summits. 

Mr Mountain Turtle

Mr Mountain Turtle

At the top of mount Dimitrios, Kos

At the top of mount Dimitrios, Kos

At the Ferry between Rhodes and Kos

At the Ferry between Rhodes and Kos

Magical trail running

Magical trail running

Best of Kos is a tighter race and I can't pick from all the kick ass bike sessions we made. But we also found this amazing trail to run up to the summit of mount Dimitrios. We missed out on the view, I can imagine it was fantastic. But I kind of love to run in a light rain and the fog made the scenery quite cool.

Traversing 

Traversing 

We also got some time just to rest, hang out and reload for upcoming competition. Team is in place in Swaziland prepearing  for the next adventure race in the world series. I got to stay home this time since we are two girls at the team. The team will do great and I'll follow closely from home. But I won't be still. Two weeks with loads of hard training lays in front of me. I'm psyched and hope I'll stay on top all the way trough. Then awaits something I almost forgot about, work. But long time til then and some happy and though training sessions to be done. 

I started out this training block with a road bike race. The feeling before was like it's been so long I can't remember how to do this. But I did. And I raced with a real good spirit, just having fun and making a (too) big effort to get a break away. They kept chasing me down. I wasn't too let down about that when we got closer to the finish and a sprint. Got in a good position, managed to play it cool when the sprint went off quite early and then pushed true just at the last bit. Fun race, and also an extra pleasure to cross the finish line first.  

Thanks for following me and my crazy adventures. There's more to come. 

Love

Marika

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