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speedway

I thought I had discussed speedway before, but I have searched and searched my blog, and come up empty-handed. If you’re better at sifting through old blog posts, and can find previous mention of speedway, please do comment below and let me know where I lost my way during my search.

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Speedway is a motorcycle sport where two teams compete for the most points. The competition takes place on an oval-shaped dirt track where four riders ride simultaneously, two from each team. There are 12 rounds and the team with the most points at the end wins. Each rider has his (I have yet to see/hear of a woman rider) assigned helmet color during each round: red, yellow, blue and white. Two riders ride from each team, red and yellow are on the same team, and blue and white are on the opposing team. The riders ride counter-clockwise, make four laps, and receive 3, 2, 1 or 0 points for first, second, third and fourth place respectively. As it’s a team sport it’s actually quite strategic, if one team is leading and the other team gets two riders in second and third they may choose not to try for first place, but rather block out the fourth rider, as this gives both teams 3 points each.

Here in Sweden speedway is pretty big and is often shown on sporting television. Here in Eskilstuna speedway is pretty big for Sweden as the team here is in the best league in the country. Meaning they’re pretty good.

This summer my family was here to visit (as you can imagine) and in attempts to give them the chance to experience things uniquely Swedish we went to a speedway match. We had the chance to watch Ikaros Smederna win a competition against Rospiggare. I often find it fun to directly translate things from Swedish to English, and the team names are the Ikaros Smiths who rode against the Rose Thorns. It was a big win as The Smiths were ranked well under The Rose Thorns. After such a big win the paper ran pictures from the event. It was my third speedway match ever, and my father’s first, so it was quite fitting we were both included in the fan picture.

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Speedway really is a fun summer sport enjoyed outdoors on those long summer nights. I’m glad my family got to enjoy the Swedish experience, and I’m glad I got to be in the paper! I really am, I’m not even going to pretend I’m kidding.

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what have i done?!

Do you ever ask yourself, in a panicked squeak, what have I done?

I keep asking myself this. In a panicked squeak in my mind. Why am I repetitively asking myself this? Because I have done something. Something I am not so sure about.

Yes, I question my motives. I question my decision making skills. My sanity.

I have signed up for a marathon. A long marathon. I’ve heard they’re 26.2 miles. That’s 42.2 kilometers. That’s far.

In preparation for my training I have turned to the internet. The internet can solve all your problems. I have learned this. I am here to pass on the knowledge. Surprisingly enough I have not found the perfectly tailored marathon training program to fit all my personal and individual needs. As previously mentioned on this blog I am an active hockey player. This means a schedule of three ice practices and two games per week, starting this week and continuing until the end of February. However, the fact of the matter is, today marks 140 days until the ASICS Stockholm Marathon. So it is training time. Time to go. It was time to go yesterday.

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I got this t-shirt for marathon training activities. Hopefully I’ll look fitter once the training commences. (Yes, I was paid less for this photo since my face is cropped out.)

I just don’t know how to swing it.

Balancing hockey training and marathon training is going to be quite the act.

Tune in to see how I handle it.

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liseberg

I don’t know if you heard. But there was a woman who fell out of the tallest wood-steel roller coaster, at six flags Texas.

Last year I feel like there was also an incident where someone fell out of a roller coaster. Maybe it was the year before that.

This is clearly terrible news. But, aside from freaking me out a bit at the time, it hasn’t really affected me in the long run.

Yes, this means I’ve been to amusement parks the past few summers in a row. I’m not sure what that says about my intelligence. But, I’ve always gone before these accidents have happened…and not to the same exact park. Helps?

Liseberg day

Anyway, two summers ago I made my first ever trip to Liseberg in Gothenburg (Göteborg for all you Scandinavians out there). Evelina got train tickets and tickets to the park for me for my birthday. I was thrilled. Because a) I love amusement parks and b) they had just opened the highest free fall roller coaster in Europe. It’s name is AtmosFear (the cunningness of which is reason in and of itself to ride the ride – if you ask me). It’s 146 meters above sea level, and drops you at 110 km/h. Yeah I had no idea what that meant either. That’s 482 feet above sea level, or about 2/3rds of the way around 1 lap on your average track. At 87 miles/hr, or fast enough to get you a killer of a speeding ticket on a state highway. Not bad I say, not bad.

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Gothenburg is a beautiful city, and catching the view of it from the top of AtmosFear is certainly worth it. Unless you’re terrified of heights. This may not need to be said, but: don’t ride the ride if heights terrify you.

But summer fun isn’t the only thing that Liseberg has to offer.

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During the winter months Liseberg becomes a spectacular winter wonderland. No, the rides are not operational, something about whipping around at 100km/h when it’s -10 degrees Celsius just doesn’t add up. What they do have to offer is a Julmarknad, or Christmas market. They also have a charming Christmas atmosphere to offer. And really that’s the best part. No, I’m not being extremely sarcastic, so don’t read it like that. What’s even better than the best part is going there with great company. (Still serious.)

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