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Day 100 – The quiet stone and noisy water

Blog 100 is a little Hello from Austria. We are visiting Liam’s mum and her Hans. Here in the Carinthia pass, the mountains are very big and very quiet and if it weren’t for the waterfalls and glacier rivers there would hardly be a sound except for bird peeps, Marmite scream and deer hissing. (We’ve experienced both on our mountain hikes). But the water makes its present known but the constant sound of flow.

Walking on the mountains are spectacular. Wind is cool and fresh, and for some reason the concept of earth (mother earth) seems more real when walking on a mountain here. Every where I look, there is another peak. Another giant wall or mountain of stone and dirt shooting up from the ground below. Hovering majestic above the landscape, with the peak in clouds.

Again this summer we’ve walked to the top of Plenge (2340m). The last bit changed since we were there about a year ago. Going over the ridge to the cross seemed longer and to be honest, a bit scary. No water up there, but we came across patches of snow, that explains why the river we’re swimming in is so cold. Snow is apparently still melting here in mid July.

Austria is lovely and so is visiting Liam’s family and the newest addition: Anka also known as Anki. Days are passing with a lot of walking: Either hiking around in and on the mountains or just a ‘causal’ stroll with Anki, down to the river for a midday swim in the ice-cold noisy water.

99 days to go and No problems

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Liam and I on top of Plenge

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Delayed Happy 2013

Another blog-out! A period of not getting to sit down, write down my usual activities. I’ve missed blogging and making this kind of connection with the world, so I’m happy to find myself here again. Taking my time, choosing my words.

I hope we all get a fantastic 2013! I know, mine will be fab, since I’ve made a few plans and set a few goals for this new year. More of this later!

Mine started well with two FighterGirl sessions, before I went to Austria for a week. However my second class with the FighterGirls revealed how bad my form is these days. I’ve planned a Ross session for warm up – and originally scheduled it for 9 minutes. No breaks.
Girls fell apart after 1½ set, so we ended up on 6 minutes – and I have to admit, I was seeing sun, moon and stars as well.

Now the original Ross goes with 30 seconds break in between sets. 1 set = 3 min., but it’s my experience from Fitness.dk & pure fighter/ muay thai classes, that it’s often a tad to long. So a 9 minute set with no breaks is king of Ross, I’ve found.

So off I went to Austria, nearly defeated by a 6 minutes Ross. I couldn’t believe it and wouldn’t accept it. I therefor made it a goal to do a Ross every day – adding a set more. Before we left Austria I was up on 24 minutes total. Any idea how many burpees this is? Most my rounds was 10-11, a few 9 or 12. Which is a bit off my average burpees pr. 30 sec was 12-13 back in Copenhagen.

2013 will bring more challenges than burpees. I’m starting a new job tomorrow in another Womens only gym, and one of my new challenges will be to tame the real ryderz bike. (the next step up from your usual spinning bike). I look really forward to this and to start working with Brenda and Connor who runs the gym. I think we’re on the same page – and not just in it for the money: But actually want to make a positive difference!

Austria was great with Liam and his lovely family! The third day snow fell heavily, so we got a lot of snow walks, tobogganing and snow fights. Unfortunately skiing is expensive and not that nearby, so we couldn’t go. Not even sure I’d remember how to – but would love to try again…if nothing else, then just to be terrified going down and crash into a pile of snow.

Here’s to 2013! Image

If you feel up for it – This Ross is:
30 sec Burpees
30 sec Jumping Jacks
30 sec Lunges/ squats (alternating every other time)
30 sec Burpees
30 sec Jumping Jacks
30 sec Push ups
– 30 sec break or none –

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What you can do in a week

It’s our last full day in Austria. Tomorrow it’s on the plane, destination Ireland (and possible bad weather). I used to love travelling and flying. I guess it was back when I would only go to New York or Asia. Now I really loathe it – the ques, the hassle with passport, emigration, seating in the plane, stewardesses always nagging about ipods and magazines.
But same time – I love seeing new places and experiencing a breath of different air.

This week in Austria have provided a little of each:
1 Mountain climbed (Plenge: 2400m)
3x 10K mountain run (Topped my run today with 100 push ups/ 200 sit ups)
1 trip to Venice
1 swim in glacier flood
2 horseflie bites
and the eternal walks… ♥

Hoping to squeeze in a last run tomorrow morning before it’s goodbye Europe mainland, hello island life.

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Holi-up-dates

Allright, I’m on a socalled holiday in Austria. Won’t bore you with all the details, but I’m stucked in the smallest town, with just about 63 houses, a bar/ hotel/ restaurant, a chapel and a grocery store. Life is good here.

We’re visiting his mum and grandmother in their extraordinary wonderful house. (Mum and her man restored the house from scratch, to the most beautiful home in the Austrian Alps).

Not much to do here but walk – so that’s what we’ve been doing in different varieties. Friday we walked in the mountain forrest for about 3 hours. Saturday morning my calves were miserable from the ups and downs, and saturday late afternoon, Liam and I did a 10K run (appr.) with an incline for about 200m. That was tough enough. Had to stop on the way up first time, we went up.

Plenge mountain

Today we climbed/ walked the Plenge (Plenge is a 7,785 ft / 2,373 m mountain peak in the Carinthia mountain chain). I probably looked a bit out of it with my Fightworld t-shirt, sunglasses and Christian Audiger leggings, but at least I had proper shoes for mountain walking. Liam and his mum were more appropriate dressed, so at least we didn’t make a really terrible picture.
Beatrice – Liams mum turned around after about 2/5 of the journey, so we continued on ourselves. The mountain road was shifting between been really breathtaking sort-of-life-treathening-if-you-take-one-bad-step, with steep climbs in gravel (and nothing to hold on to), and steep climbs on grass and rocks.
After the second vertical climb, we reached a plato with a little glacier lake. Lake was dead – no fish or visible life (as in water plants or animals), but probably some of the purest water around. We didn’t stop for touching, but rushed along the small meadow, just to find the last big uphill. This time it was through grass and flowers, but a quite vertical climb. When we finally reached the top of the mountain, I realized we had to go/climb over the ridge to get to the cross.
My first response was: ‘We don’t have to go to the cross, do we?’. Liam being gentle, said we didn’t have to. But of course we did.
The last 100-200meters was a literally mountain climb, grabbing stone for dear life, and hold on – watch were to put the feet, and at more than one occassion, I found myself embracing a piece of mountain to get around and continue on the path, and feeling sort of safe.

So we finally reached the cross, took a few pictures (for some reason, I look pregnant and/or fat – which I’m not) with the cross and then hurried back down. Clouds were coming in, and it felt like a storm was brewing.
Going downhill was just as bad as going up – instead of hurting on the hamstring and calves, the sometimes vertical walk down, made my knees hurt. But of course, in its own way, it was a good work out to.
And even, I didn’t have too much good to say about the trip afterwards, I also didn’t have too much bad to say. It was hard for sure, and pretty tripping to walking on a stone ridge with about 2300meter drop to either side. But, at least we got todays work out in the bag 😉

Re-cap:
Friday: Forrest walk 3 hours (Not sure, I get why people like to walk/ trek)
Saturday: 10k run in a little mountain loop near the house. (Refreshing)
Sunday: Visited the top of Plenge 

Liam and I by the cross at Plenge Mountain

Classic: Fightworld t-shirt and Audiger leggins in HDR style photo.

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