Wednesday, August 18, 2021

August 18, 2021

Yesterday I finally went for a run and now the back of the right knee hurts again. It must be some kind of muscle pain but it's weird as I haven't felt anything like it before the marathon.

I finally figured out what I want to target next. I'm going to start practicing for a (full-length) triathlon! (Aka the Ironman.) For me, the running part is "easy", the cycling part is not so easy as I haven't really cycled that much (and I don't even own a proper street bike), but the really challenging part will be the swimming as I can't really swim properly. I've never even swum 50 meters freestyle let alone 5 000 meters. Swimming is also something you really can't just start doing and expect to somehow automatically get, you need proper training in order to become decent at it. But this feels like a really challenging and fun target to have with plenty of smaller milestones in between and at least 1-2 years worth of continuous training.

I'm really excited about jumping into this new unknown. I've been going through loads of YouTube videos learning about the basics of freestyle swimming, triathlon-specific swimming tips, beginner swimming mistakes, how to do a flip turn, advice on bikes for beginners, and of course some epic vlog-style feelgood videos about triathlon races around the world. I also found a local triathlon training group in our small (200k) town that is potentially a great place to start learning more in a group!

This is going to be such a fun journey. And I've already started! :)

About

Uninen aka Ville Säävuori Good hello! My name is Ville Säävuori aka @Uninen and this is my health blog. I'm a 40-something nerd from Turku, Finland. My goal is to exercise or be otherwise active every single day. I built this site to follow my progress and to help with accountability. I'm training for running my first 10k  half marathon  marathon  4x4x48 challenge in 2021.

Blogroll

Not blogs, but something to check out and follow.

Podcasts, YouTube channels

  • The Running Channel (YouTube) - fun and informative British channel for runners.
  • Triathlon Taren (YouTube) - lots of hands on knowledge and practical advice for triathlon training.
  • Huberman Lab podcast (YouTube) - outstanding podcast by Dr. Andrew Huberman with a metric ton of scientific information and practical advice relating to neuroscience and physical and mental training.
  • The Joe Rogan Experience (Spotify) - you can say what you want about Joe Rogan but there's no denying that many of his discussions with passionate people are 100% genuine and full of insight. I do not agree with the man on many issues but I do appreciate the free content.

People

  • David Goggins (Instagram) - whenever you need motivation, just go back and remind yourself what David Goggins does to keep his demons away. Also, if you feel lonely on your run, no matter wherever you are on the planet or what time it is, it's likely that he is training somewhere at this same moment. (Check out these - hilarious Goggins-anecdotes by Jesse Itzler) Stay hard!
  • Anna H (Instagram) - The Running Channel host and adventurer with a beautiful soul. Check out her 3-part World's Toughest 260k Island Race series on YouTube.
  • Katie Spotz (Instagram) - amazig young endurance athlete who is willing to do more than most of us for making the world a better place. Listen Joe Rogan #1635 for a deeper look into her story.
  • Jocko Willink (Instagram) - ultimate dicipline and respectable morals. Jocko's daily 4.30 am clock photos on Instagram are a constant reminder that the strongest men work for their success.

Books

  • Can't Hurt Me by David Goggins - superb combination of audiobook and podcast that gives you lots of practical advices on taking control of our life and stranghtening your mind. Definitely check out the audio version of this book, it's amazing.

I haven't found that many interesting books relating to staying healthy / exercising. I'm not at all interested in ungenuine self-help type books or pushy "just do this" marketing books. If you have any suggestions, dm or email me!