January Update!

Hello blog readers!

So I’ve been absent for a while again… I’ve enjoyed both Christmas and New Years, during which I had a whole week to myself for de-stress and catch up time. I’m so glad I did, because so far January has been a really busy month!

The first week on January I started two internships – at a gym called Breeze Fitness (amazeballs – learned loads already!), and at a EU organization that gives money to rural projects. It’s great to learn more about the wonderful world of training, and the things I learn at the EU place is also invaluable, for when the time comes for me to start my own projects (or company?), I’ll know all about how to do it! Actually, I already started. So much going on now I can hardly keep my head straight.

The first project that I’ve been working on for a looong time is finally ready to get to work. Actually it’s been done for quite some time, but now I’m ready for some REAL work! It will take off! So if you have a couple of free minutes – please check out www.strongmanevents.com and let me know what you think! You can also register as a member, like on Facebook or follow on Twitter. Every little helps, right ;]

Second big thing is a new web based projects – won’t tell you much more right now, but I think it will fill a space that really needs filling… And I’ll let you know when I get into production! So excited about this one!

Third project is a summer camp that I’m already planning for aspiring strongwomen! For it to qualify for the project support I’m applying for I’ll need to aim it towards women under 25, but I’m sure I’ll be able to fit a few older girls in as well ;] Best thing about interning at that organization is that I get to plan my own project too on interning time. How awesome is that?

I’m also in the process of building a few other websites, and I really hope they turn out awesome. My naprapath has a lot of work to get to on Tuesday after all this computer time…

I'm happy to say my motivation seems to have returned :] Wonder if it might have something to do with the insane amount of D3 I'm consuming.... Here's some pics from my January training!

The girls of Sjobo Strongman!

The girls of Sjobo Strongman!

This is my new Bosu ball ;] I use it for situps..........

This is my new Bosu ball ;] I use it for situps..........

...............and unloaded skwatz.....don't want to get too bulky ;]

...............and unloaded skwatz.....don't want to get too bulky ;]

Glad to say we have some new girls in training :]

Glad to say we have some new girls in training :]

And this is me in my current state! Look how bulky I am ;] All manly and stuff! :D

And this is me in my current state! Look how bulky I am ;] All manly and stuff! :D

Training, Newspapers, Health Stuff and More

This week has certainly brought some interesting events, and it came with only good training sessions too! I had squat day on Monday, it was pretty light still, but I’m grateful to be down to only 40 reps... Or 4x10 that is. I hate reps. I really, really do. And I can’t help watching people’s PR videos with one, two or three reps and I just can’t wait to get there! I feel weak as well, as I have little experience with reps, huuuh it’s nasteeeh!

DL day on Wednesday was smooth, 4x10 trap bar, I lowered the weight slightly from last week (4x12), because I wanted to get more speed. It felt way better, and somehow it seemed to fix the technique as well. I’m too much of a thinker and tend to overanalyze, so sometimes it’s good for me to just be a bit “stupid” and not think at all. I think that’s just something that I’ll have to struggle with, like many others before me.

I woke up on Thursday morning with a slightly stiff ass, but otherwise happy body. This was a real special day indeed, as one of the sports journalists from Ystads Allehanda and a photgrapher was going to swing by Sjobo Strongman to do a story about me. I was there early to warm up, and the energy was high! You know that wonderful feeling when somehow you’re way stronger than you usually feel? I had a lot of ummppf, which is great, because I thought I had lost it… I guess sometimes you just need the extra excitement to get there. I tend to feel low and un-ummppfy after a competition, when I don’t have anything special to train for. The next competition is a little more than six months away, and it feels like FOREVAR. Anyway. They stayed for almost an hour and took loooads of pictures and asked me loads of questions and they were super nice. I didn’t really know what to expect as I haven’t really done a personal interview like that before, but I’d be happy to do plenty more ;D

After the morning excitement I got home to get ready for a doctors appointment. I’ve had some weird symptoms for a while, and when talking to the doctor he mentioned something about the possibility of an underactive thyroid.  They drained me on what felt like two litres of precious blood, or possibly more, then I went home to sleep. Again. I feel like

I sleep all the time, but I’m always tired anyway. It’s not the normal type of tired either. Difficult to explain, but I simply can’t stay awake (which can be an issue at times). In the evening I had my first session at Kraftverket (the gym I’ll be working at a little bit), and I also got to fill in for another guy on the Friday.

Today the story about me was in the paper! So here are some pics;

I got on the cover!! How cool is that?! :D YAY

I got on the cover!! How cool is that?! :D YAY

This stone is pretty light, but it doesn't mean I can levitate it ;] I just have a lot of power when putting it up there, so don't worry... Just an illusion ;] BAM!

This stone is pretty light, but it doesn't mean I can levitate it ;] I just have a lot of power when putting it up there, so don't worry... Just an illusion ;] BAM!

Couldn't believe how much space they had given me when I saw it... I am so, so happy about this and I do hope tomorrow's interview will turn out as good as this one :]

Couldn't believe how much space they had given me when I saw it... I am so, so happy about this and I do hope tomorrow's interview will turn out as good as this one :]

I’ll see if I can post up some more pictures that the photographer took, but I’ll need to get in touch with him first, to make sure he doesn’t mind. Would be cool to translate the article as well, if I have the time… It will certainly be a busy week.

Tomorrow the excitement continues, as I’ve got another interview at Sjobo Strongman! Can’t wait! Apparently media likes the idea of strong women... Let’s hope it makes more girls hit the heavy weights in the gym, of even try the hardcore version, a strongman gym!

World's Most Powerful Woman u75kg 2012

So, after an eventful last few days I’m finally back in Sweden. I would like to thank everyone who’s given me their support this weekend, both IRL and online. It gave me strength when I needed it the most!

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The first event was a sled push and pull (20 metres each way). The weight had changed from 100kg to 140kg, which I wasn’t too happy about at first since I don’t have any good shoes (climbing shoes are pretty sweet push/pull). The reason they changed the weight was that it was going to be on indoor turf, and luckily my shoes turned out to be way better on that ground than anywhere I’ve ever tried it before. I was still way too slow to match the other girls, but considering the circumstances I think I got a decent result despite finishing last.  Being the last one to do the first event wasn’t very good though, since the one who gets the worst result in the previous event goes first in the next one.

I would never miss out on an opportunity to flex ;]

I would never miss out on an opportunity to flex ;]

I got about five or ten minutes rest before it was time to get ready for the dumbbell press. As I mentioned in a previous post I managed a new PR in Germany of 38kg, but that was with a thick handle (which makes balance easier). In the competition it was a standard handle and my best back home is around 31kg. I got 30kg up pretty easy, but struggled with 32.5kg and didn’t manage to get it up in the end unfortunately. My goal was to get at least 32.5, so I was really disappointed. It was close, but my balance wasn’t quite in the right place. I did get plenty of compliments for my technique, which is basically going from a slight split with left foot forward (if pressing with the right arm) and “resting” the DB on my shoulder, to a full split but with the right foot forward and pressing the DB at the same time. I’ve done a lot of experimenting with the technique, but I keep coming back to the same stance. I also hold the dumbbell differently than the other girls. While they generally hold it in line with their shoulders (palm facing forward I keep it 90 degrees from that angle (palm facing towards me). The reason for not being able to hold it the same was as the other girls is likely that I’m simply too weak. My strict press is at about 14-15kg on a good day, which means with the right technique I at least double the amount of weight I can press (or jerk).

The third event was a sandbag carry fordistance in 75 seconds. The one at the competition was 71kg. There were some differences in grip, and definitely how it felt to carry from the one I’ve trained with at home. It was a bigger than I expected, and I did a really poor job of carrying this thing… So once again, I finished last. But I choose to see it as a new PR rather than a disappointment! Ina Hofrichter (Germany) who won the event (at only 63kg BW!) went a staggering 180 metres, and was disappointed because “it was twenty metres less than last time she tried”. One of the best comments of the day!

I wasn't too keen on the sandbag.... Worst of all the events!

I wasn't too keen on the sandbag.... Worst of all the events!

After all this horrible cardio and a bad DB attempt it was time for the silver dollar deadlift. For those of you who are not familiar with the term, a SDDL is pretty much a deadlift, but rather than pulling from the ground you pull from 18” high. This one was also a skip deadlift, which means that instead of having round weights on the sides it is like big boxes. For me it makes the lift more difficult as I can’t practice it at home, and it feels very different from a standard rack pull. It is almost as you have to get it off the ground before being able to pull back. Some of the girls claim it’s easier though, but I suppose that’s pretty logical if you have the opportunity to train it. I can’t say my technique is very good. I managed to pull 126kg, but with the 20kg weight increments 146kg proved to be too much for me. It was still a PR with 11kg so I was pretty pleased with that. The deadlift was actually the most exciting event of the day. Nicole Geissler (Germany) and Leigh Holland-Keen (Australia) had a rough battle, with both managing to pull 256kg. Leigh wasn’t too far from pulling 261kg, but Nicole killed it and won the event with a new world record! 261kg!!!

RAWR!!

RAWR!!

Last event of the day was farmers walk for 2x20metres. The first 20 with 70kg and then 90kg back. 70kg is not insanely heavy, but I’ve only got them up a couple of times, and never walked the whole distance. I didn’t make it very far in this event, and after putting them down I never got them back up again.

I had a rough time at the competition mentally, as my prep hasn’t been optimal and neither was my condition on the day. More than anything, this was my most efficient MENTAL workout of all times. It was really tough all throughout the day, and with way too little to eat and drink due to nerves it didn’t really make it better. After a nights rest and some proper carb/fat loading I felt better. By the time I was on my way to the airport, the negative feelings towards my crappy result were completely gone.

Now I look back at the competition only with pride, because even though I had a shit prep and was scared as fuck I went through with it! Tenth place at The World’s Most Powerful Woman u75kg is pretty sweet. So I will continue to battle it out with the weights and appreciate my newly gained mental strength. Thanks again for all your support!

Me and Leigh Holland-Keen from Australia... Is she just really tanned or do I look like a ghost? I sure felt pale after all that lifting...

Me and Leigh Holland-Keen from Australia... Is she just really tanned or do I look like a ghost? I sure felt pale after all that lifting...

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