Monday, August 23, 2021

August 23, 2021

My first ever pool swimming training session of my adult life was just about as embarrassing that I figured it would be. Literally everything was new for me. But I did it, and it was kind of fun, and now I truly know my starting level (which could be lower only if I couldn't float).

Image (c) City of Turku

I managed to swim barely 50 meters at a time but only about half of it with any notable control over the process. By far the hardest thing was breathing and learning to breathe constantly out and then in without taking in a third of the pool at the same time. Interestingly, an old swimming coach acquaintance was there coaching some swimmers at the same time and she gave me few tips on how to get started. Her face (after she just saw me almost drown during the 50m and), when I told my plans to train for a triathlon, was priceless. "You have some learning to do, mate." 😂

In the end, I didn't really manage to swim that much, nor did I do even half of the drills I had planned. I just kept trying to learn how to breathe without panicking. But it was also fun and exciting. I love water, and I got myself a 6-month pass that allows me to train every single day at local pools -- I intend to make these months count!

My tentative plan was to swim maybe three times a week, I think I should push that up to 4-5 instead. I'm more determined than ever to learn how to swim properly. This is going to be fun! :)


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 2022.


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.


  • 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.


  • 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!