Saturday, June 21, 2008
Friday the 20th of June we went boxing at the local boxing club. The students had been doing an all-nighter, drinking and dancing down town, but nobody mentioned it a single time. Søren Nivå, former Danish kick boxing champ, was giving us a taste of boxing in a strenuous two hour session. I wisely volunteered to be the photographer and had lots of fun seeing the youngsters sandbagging and kicking. We ended the session with Steffen, Johanne and Sevar each fighting Søren for a round, which showed us all how exhausting and technically challenging boxing can be. A really hard day, for the students, as everyone had to get back and get ready for the Friday night cafe... They've only got a week left here at GIV, so they don't wanna miss a beat. Neither do I with this lovely bunch of guys, so I might go and check it out too...
Friday, June 6, 2008
Just ended a week of so called work! I have the privilege of spending time at work with some of the nicest bunch of people I've ever met. We've spent a very warm week doing 1/4 Ironman, canoeing, camping outdoors, horseback riding, shooting/running, time trialing, kayaking, eating ice cream, playing kayak polo, roller skiing, playing beach volley, doing adventure race and laughed a lot. What more can you ask for in a week? More work please...
Sunday, March 30, 2008
After returning from Tucson, I haven't really felt the urge to blog on a regular basis, or rather not at all. But this weekend has brought so many nice events and memories, that I thought I needed a place to put the pictures and tell some stories.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Skiles and I drove to Mammoth and back today...
But spending time with your 4 year-old, no matter how it's done, is definitely NOT a waste of time, or considered nothingness. It's anything but nothingness; it's everythingness.
Monday, February 25, 2008
I just read an article about how the Danish economy will risk going into recession if we can't meet the increasing demand for employment. One solution is to make sure that people keep working through their 60'es instead of retiring. A lot of surveys show that a lot of people would rather retire earlier and live of the increased value in their homes.
Ask myself every morning, why I chose to have kids? To deliver them at day care at 7 am and pick them up again at 4 pm?
Make sure they were “exposed” to nature every day. Even though it meant moving out of the city.
Show and tell them about the animals and plants. Hereby showing them the interaction between life and death and why there’s no such thing as good or bad in nature, only instincts and necessity. Valuation comes from our interpretation, based on personal and cultural beliefs.
Tell them that we humans are just another kind of animals and that we got to share the Earth with all the rest of them.
Tell them that the Bible, Superman, the Koran, Emil from Lønneberg, Harry Potter, the Greek and the Nordic Mythology are all just a bunch of good stories and that we might be able to learn a little bit from each one of them and miss out a lot if we just stick to one of them.
Introduce them to water as soon as possible and learn them how to swim.
Introduce them to music and learn them how to play at least one instrument.
Move to another country, for at least a year, to experience a different culture and learn a second language.
Being a good example through action rather than words.
Make sure they understand the meaning and value of a free will, the obligation of choice and the concept of consequence.
Make sure that they would feel loved every day by their parents and make sure they know their parents loves each other too.
Well I guess it all boils down to the choices we make for ourselves. Hopefully they're real personal choices and not influenced by society, traditions, others expectations and so on, because at the time you'll find out, it might just be too late...
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Being a foreigner in the US, I can observe society, human behavior and cultural differences and tell that there's a lot of differences, not judging between good and bad. I accept the fact we have different heritage. USA is a relatively young society, made up by a mix of many different cultures constantly immigrating to this country and that has ideally brought the best of their original cultural - the famous "melting pot". (Arizona, by the way, is still "a frontier state" and you can tell that there's still some ongoing integration with the immigrating Mexicans.)
Don't get too surprised to see the Chinese athletes dominate in a lot of disciplines at this years Olympic Games. Their conception of developing elite athletes are well known from anecdotes of former Eastern Bloc countries. Combine this highly organized, focused and goal oriented system with a population exceeding a billion and the probability of producing outstanding human performance is pretty good.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
There's probably not a simple answer to this seemingly simple question.
Monday, February 18, 2008
Peter and Dan has left and its all quiet on the Western front again. For the last three weeks there's been people around all day long and as much as I enjoyed their company, I now indulge in the tranquility of solitude. The last few nights I've resisted the urge to get drunk, listening to music. Music and alcohol are two of the most potent mood enhancers I know of and mixed they can put you in an awesome state of mood - happy or sad, depending on your baseline mood. I've had some great nights with Tom Waits' "Mule Variations" and some good Chilean red wine.
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Monday, February 11, 2008
Monday... A new, untouched week in front of you, just waiting to loose its virginity. Started out with a 10 km morning run at 8 am. Had some breakfast, a quick shower and the mandatory icebath and elevated legs, before we got dressed for some high quality bike riding up Mt. Lemmon. We picked up Skiles and started the ascent at 12.20. We went real easy, but I was feeling like shit; no heart rate, no power, feeling lightheaded and lead legged -a bad combination. We stopped at Windy Point for a little regrouping after Skiles had a flat. I was a little worried about the melting water running across the road, as some guys crashed badly on the descent, when they hit some black ice. But the last few days of 65-70 F have really made a difference, so nice dry roads and tolerable temperatures all the way up. At Summerhaven we sat for 20 minutes, soaking up the sun and Dan had an impressive size "Rocky Road", probably fudge worth of 3000 calories! The downhill went smooth as there were very little traffic. You can pressure pedal the whole way and get the feeling that you're actually working out and not just being transported down by gravity (though it's almost as fast). I went straight home, pretty wasted, with 150 km/5.40 hrs. Dan and peter went to pick up some ground beef at Trader Joe's ( we're serious about the "hunter-gather" life style). Tomorrow will be easy for me...
Sunday, February 10, 2008
After feeling the wear and tear of the last weeks training we decided to follow the biblical words of resting on the seventh day and Sunday that is. Went to Frank's and had a solid breakfast, that send our blood sugar skyrocketing, before it went well below 3 mmol. We managed to stay awake by going shopping at Bookmans, Borders and Tader Joe's. It was 23 C today and sitting by/in the pool was quite nice. Peter and I went for a 40 min. afternoon run, while Dan made a true paleo dinner, consisting of lots of meat and vegetable salad - no grains! We're now watching "The Da Vinci Code", Tom Hanks hasn't ruined the movie yet and Audrey Tatou is nice as always. Regarding the story, then it might be just another conspiracy theory, but it's one that fits well with my general discontent with religions, objective truths and the blind following of authorities. It's the courage of civil disobedience through history that has created the world we know of today. "Only dead fish follows the stream"
Saturday, February 9, 2008
We were all very excited about going to the Saturday Shootout and got up at 5.45 am, had breakfast and coffee and left at 7.00. We showed up at University at 7.29 am, just to find out that we were the only cyclists for miles... Apparently they had moved the starting time forward to 7.00 or 7.15 - total bummer. None of us felt like chasing the bunch, with the hopeless dream of making up a 15-30 min. deficit, so we just went easy through the whole goddam Shootout. Normally it's a fast paced and quite funny ride and you don't get bored as you have to be alert the whole time. But being only three guys swapping turns, things are a lot slower and a little more tedious. Madera Canyon was nasty, as always, and going back down Mission sucked like never before, swearing and cursing all the potholes and bumps. When we finally got home after 7 hrs./195 km/1600m vertical elevation, we were pretty tired and sore after all the rough riding, the sun and just plain ol' fatigue. Tonight we're going to Curtis and Stella's to celebrate Stellas birthday (a few days ago). It's a potluck and since we're too tired to make any decent dish, we'll probably end up buying something. Can't wait to get to bed tonight...
Friday, February 8, 2008
After yesterdays relatively easy day (90 min run am and 2.10 cycling pm), today was designated The Big Square out West (4 hrs/120km). We didn't wanna ride too long as tomorrows Shootout could/will be a pretty taxing 5-6 hrs ride. I've found my new favorite food for riding, beef jerky, a real pleasure. The drugstore in Avra Valley had some chili flavored A4 sheets and it tasted wonderful, gulped down with a banana. I'm not sure if eating this stuff will make me more beefy or jerky... Probably more beefy, as my three weeks old wanna-be-moustache tops out the jerky-meter already.
Thursday, February 7, 2008
Yesterday, Wednesday, we went for a long ride up to Sonoita and back.
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
A few thoughts on sustainable living. (Warning: as the following observations might be a bit somber for some people, please so stop here and smile/laugh at the two jerks above)
Monday, February 4, 2008
The pre Superbowl excitement has kept me from updating this blog for a couple of days or the fact that I'm getting too old to go to bed at two o'clock - I'm dead tired the next day.
Saturday, February 2, 2008
Christmas came early to Tucson this morning! After our 10 km morning jog along Skyline Road, we found Peters long missed bike box at the door. The bike was relatively unharmed, the top tube had a big dent, but Peter were all smiles anyway. So off we go, cycling up to Oracle, buy a Powerbar at the drugstore and breeze back down in the beautiful sunset...
Friday, February 1, 2008
Picked Peter up in the airport at midnight last night. He was fine, but he's bicycle box was missing... Very frustrating, considering that's a main part of his reason for being here. Add to that the additional fee of 150 USD to get the box on the airplane at all. Flypriser.dk, Lufthansa, United Airlines/Canada Air you can do better than that, or go and run a used car shop instead!
Thursday, January 31, 2008
So after a little dose of solitude, most of it spend sleeping, it's about time to pick up my younger brother Peter Bech. I have an almost 10 years headstart on Peter, so although he's turned 31 years, I still consider him my very young brother. Funny, how well established roles are so hard to get rid of, like when I meet some of my former teachers as colleagues now or have my former students as partners or teachers.
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Okay, while I'm at it I'd like to recommend a few Scandinavian bands worth listening to.
For the last 10 days I've had Elke staying and we've had a good time; talking, cooking, hiking, shopping and so on. She came here as a good friend and left as a good friend. Hopefully she'll be able to relax on the long Eastbound flight, as she has some intense days in front of her. She agreed to bring home a bag full of stuff that I brought over here but never use, ahh, and the cooler unit for the Kurt Kinetic, a Marvel Encyclopedia, some books, shoes and... argh, I'm a pretty bad product of consumerism and a hypocritical one as well, but I'll get over it... (Bought "Vineland" by Thomas Pynchon today! That's a challenge)
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Monday, January 28, 2008
Sunday, January 27, 2008
After a pancake dominated breakfast, Elke and me drove to Pima Canyon Trailhead and went into this gorgeous valley guarded by huge sheer faces of rock on both sides. We geared up as if hiking in the Norwegian mountains, including backpack, map, compass, water, extra clothes and so on. It was a bit overkill, but better safe than sorry. We only met six other persons for the three hour out and back hike, but saw about a million spiny subjects closely surrounding the narrow path. At one point we both hit a “prickly pear” and instantly we had a bunch of inch long needles buried in our flesh – ouch!
The hike was approx. 12 km long, took 2.40 hrs. and was a brilliant recovery session for mind an body.
We had, Curtis, Stella, Oscar, Sebastian and Skiles over for dinner – make your own tortillas.
This week was a designated rest week of some sort, but it ended up being solid anyway.
This weeks numbers:
Running: 53 km – 3.56 hrs
Cycling: 500 km – 16.20 hrs
Total: 553 km – 20.16 hrs
Walking: 12 km – 2.40 hrs