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Nykyisen ammattini; joidenkin FightBack brändin asioiden, puheiden, tv-ohjelmien, radio haastattelujen ym, ym… hoitaminen on rankkaa. Harjoittaessani laskettelua ammatikseni, treenatessani, matkustaessani ym. luulin työni olevan paitsi mahtavaa, myös melko raskasta…

Olin väärässä.

Nykyinen elämäni, ammattini, kuntoutus, ym. ovat raskaita. Elämäni on ajoittain jopa rankkaa. Vaikka harjoituksissa ei nostetakaan valtavia painoja, voivat ne olla rankkoja. Jotkut harjoituksista voivat näyttää todella kevyiltä, tuntua jopa tylsiltä, mutta juuri ne harjoitukset ovat mielestäni raskaimpia. En tahdo edes yrittää selittää, kuinka raskasta on elää elämää, jossa kaikki kehosi osat eivät vastaa aivojesi antamiin käskyihin… vaan tahdon korjata asian. 

 

Tämä on Mikkelistä… Fight Back - tarinani jakaminen, saa minut näin iloiseksi.

Tämä on Mikkelistä… Fight Back – tarinani jakaminen, saa minut näin iloiseksi.

Vierailimme loppuviikosta isovanhempieni luona Savitaipaleella. Ei näiden teräs- iso-äidin, ja isän välissä voi kuin hymyillä!

Vierailimme loppuviikosta isovanhempieni luona Savitaipaleella. Ei tämän teräs- iso-äidin, ja -isän välissä voi kuin hymyillä!

Osa teistä voi muistaa minun maininneen jotain, jostain Intialaisesta “VASA Konseptista”.  Se on Rajul Vasan kehittämä fysioterapia?muoto (vaikutusten pitäisi olla melko kokonaisvaltaiset…), joka on peräisin Intiasta. Olen saanut ohjeeni suoraan Rajulilta, internetin välityksellä, ja huomannut ensimmäiset hoidon vaikutukset. Tuntuu aika hölmöltä käyttää sanaa “hoito” jostain, jonka eteen itse hikoilet n. 24 h, joka viikko… mutta jos tämä auttaa minua, minä hikoilen minkä jaksan. 

Treenasin Savitaipaleella 8-kertaa, tämä kuva on Hilton Kalastajatorpalta aamu-treenieni jälkeen.

Treenasin Savitaipaleella 8-kertaa, tämä kuva on Hilton Kalastajatorpalta aamu-treenieni jälkeen.

Tämä hoito kestää noin 3 kuukautta, joka on erittäin lyhyt aika suuressa kuvassa, kuin töyssy. Tämän 3 kk jälkeen lupaan kertoa teille, onko hoidosta ollut apua, pääsenkö laskettelemaan töyssyn jälkeistä alamäkeä. Olen toki jo nyt, noin 3 vko treenauksen jälkeen huomannut positiivisia vaikutuksia, mutta ne jäävät toivottavasti lopulta vain murto-osiksi vaikutuksista. Tämä kolme kuukautta tulee olemaan, ehkäpä kuntoutukseni, jopa koko elämäni työntäyteisimmät, mutta tämä on työni. Fight Back. Työtä ei suinkaan kevennä se, että reissaan ympäri Suomea kertomassa tarinaani… mutta se antaa minulle voimaa tehdä työ! Teidän tukenne, on arvokasta.

Lauantaina vierailin Verkkokauppa.com:issa, kertomassa unelmistani… :)

Lauantaina vierailin Verkkokauppa.com:issa, kertomassa unelmistani… :)

Inspiroiduin kirjoittamaan tämän postauksen suomeksi, sillä Etelä Savon Sanomissa ilmestyi eilen ehkäpä paras stoori, joka minusta on kirjoitettu, ikinä. Ainakin omasta mielestäni… Toimittaja onnistui ilmeisesti lukemaan ajatukseni.  Linkki:http://www.lansi-savo.fi/uutiset/lahella/kuoleman-lahella-kaynyt-entinen-freestyle-laskija-pekka-hyysalo-haluan-levittaa

PS.Koko postauksen ydin:S. Eämämme on töyssyjä täynnä. Vain sillä on väliä, miten me ylitämme töyssymme. Tämä töyssy, on minun itseni valitsema, ja vaikka ylämäki on jyrkkä ja raskas, odotan jo pitkää ja leppoisaa alamäkeäni.

The spring is here, already! I might try to give you a boring lecture of, how it’s too early for the spring, and how our winter really sucked, but instead… I won’t even bother! Instead, I’m concentrating on enjoying the sunshine, as long as it lasts…

On my rehab side, I’ve been quite busy with the VASA Concept. It feels really beneficial although,  I’ve been way too tired to notice any evolvement, yet! 2 hours of hardcore sweating every morning + 2h of easier exercises every evening. That’s my life for 3 months now… but I’m sure it’ll pay off!

On the other news… last Friday, I was on a secret mission with a Finnish pop star, named Robin Packalen. We were in Helsinki, and we jogged around so much, that Robin managed to pay off the guilt of neglecting the first FightBack Run last year! The weather was so great, that you could really see our eyes sparkling, just because it was so great to run!

It was… EPIC!

It was… EPIC!

I participated on the Sisu2015 gala on Saturday, where I gave one of the best Keynote speeches of my life so far. Of that speech, I’m very happy… and even proud! This is a post I should be written in Finnish, but since pretty much every Finnish citizen knows, what Sisu is all about… this is in English. I want to spread the message of Sisu, and this obligates me to write the post understandably for everyone! And I write the most of my posts in English anyways, so THIS one, should be very international. 

“Sisu is the knowledge deep inside that it is fulfilling and worthwhile to do the hard, seemingly impossible things. When you use your sisu, you draw upon powerful forces that show up only when you choose to face challenges head on.” -Mark Tuominen, one of our sisu family members

You may find a lot of information about Sisu on the internet, so I won’t bother trying to specifically explain Sisu to you. I guess people have found my fighting back quite full of Sisu… and that’s why was I chosen as a Keynote speaker on Saturday. This much I must say on the topic myself: I owe almost everything to Sisu.

In my rehabilitation, I have had to face those “seemingly impossible things”… And after being numerously told that, “neeever gonna happen…”, “Why can’t you be happy with just being alive?” and “I wouldn’t bother even dreaming”, I have just kept on dreaming, and followed my dreams Here I am, now… not living my dream… but I’m really happy!

Finally, I must say the best thing about Sisu: Sisu walks hand in hand with positivity in me. I didn’t know, that this character would be so encouraged by all of the team Sisu members! I just thought that, I am a positive of a guy, who just happens to be pretty filled up with Sisu, too. I never saw it as a package deal… It is, though. No one loves the really serious laboring kind of Sisu, I mean, it is Sisu, too… But being positive is FUN!  I’m proud of being so positive. I love Sisu.

P. S. The Sisu presentation, was so far my favorite one to give. Sisu and the FightBack attitude, are like a brother and sister. I love them.

 

Why can’t every Monday be like this? I’m having a blast! On Saturday and yesterday, I was thinking too much about, well… every little thing. Last night, I slept pretty poorly, but that didn’t bother me. I jumped up very sharply (at least on my own opinion…;) ate my porridge, and continued to the gym. Gym is where I can push everything out of my mind and concentrate on what I really want. I want to get back. 100 %.

This isn’t gonna happen, so I’m ready to settle with 99%, humbly. Being a professional skier – skiing for my profession, was an enormous part of me. So I have to find another thing I love as deeply… or I’ll have to settle up with hundreds –, of thousands of other little things.

Taking a long stroll on Saturday (10km).

Taking a long stroll on Saturday (10km… I will walk a lot with these sticks, cause walking with them is good for my upper-body, too…)

I got a crazy idea while eating breakfast… “I’m going to run a marathon next fall!” I shared this idea with my mother and with my couch, receiving a “no go” from my mom, cause the wearing out my body while running falsely. From Topi, I got my fair share of laughter with a “PLEASE… yes, I’ll come with you, we’ll hop on a cab after the first km, and hop off it tho km’s from the finish line, a perfect plan!” I think he may have been sarcastic. It made me to think though… and you know what thinking leads to… I’m going to make sure that I will consume my body as smartly, as possible. I will run as many marathons, as I want to. And I will come a Superman.  

 

Being very happy on top of Sappee.

Being very happy on top of Sappee.

I am on my skiing holiday now. My “holiday” began with working as a judge at Finnish (freeskiing) Open in Sappee. I was around many friends and I got to ski, so I loved it! The competition itself was also quite dope, although you could definitely tell that, this winter hasn’t been one of the best ones. The skiers from up north dominated, while a part of the skiers from southern Finland, didn’t even bother attending…

Judging on Saturday.

Judging on Saturday.

With my mainman Skye on Saturday.

With my mainman Skye on Saturday.


I was there for three days, judge for two and skier for one! Sappee’s slopes are just easy enough for me, I felt really good skiing there! It also made me want to ski more, I’ve skied 9 days this year, but I want to ski at least 30. So let it get colder!

Just by the way… Skye suggested me applying to Paralympics to share my FightBack attitude. At first I wasn’t that fond of the idea, but after a while I got it. Cause after all, I want to inspire all people, who have faced similar struggles as I have.

On Sunday night we moved to Hämeenlinna, because I had two presentations at Parola primary, and middle school on Monday. Speaking to kids, who are so honest about their feelings is great. I love it.

My presentation has reached its highlight; these can save your life.

My presentation has reached its highlight; these can save your life.

Giving a high ONE to all the students!

Giving a high ONE to all the students!

Middle school's hall was bigger.

Middle school’s hall was bigger.

After visiting Parola, we drove to Lahti, picked up my brother from the train station, visited the Gymstick headquarters and drove to Savitaipale, my Grannies. I’ve loved it here, it’s winter! I’ve tried a little Nordic skiing, noticed it to be challenging and after falling down multiply,  decided to make myself to learn it! So this holiday… is really a skiing holiday! And not so surprisingly… I love it!

Yesterday was a sunny skiing-day! Nordic skiing used to be very boring before, when I could ski really well… Now I can't, but it's very exciting to try to re-learn it!

Yesterday was a sunny skiing-day! Nordic skiing used to be very boring before, when I could ski really well… Now I can’t, but it’s very exciting to try to re-learn it!

It’s a really nice weather in Turku right now. I mean REALLY nice! This feels weird. The climate isn’t normal now… it’s FEBRUARY 11th, and it feels like APRIL! I might be a bit worried about this, I AM worried, but all I can myself, is to do my best in preventing the global warming. Either way, worrying or not… today was a fantastic ski day! I love spring skiing in Finland, so if the spring decides to come in the middle of February… I will have as much fun, for as long as possible! #skiingisFUN

Sunnies on, and a thumb up! Seems like spring to me! ;)

Sunnies on, and a thumb up! Seems like spring to me! ;)

I'll go to Sappee, to judge the Finnish Open tomorrow! See you! :)

I’ll go to Sappee, to judge the Finnish Open tomorrow! See you! :)

 

I was in Munchen, in my favorite trade show ISPO, from Thursday to Saturday last week. It was the 3rd ISPO I’ve been at, on a row… and already now, things are looking very potential for the FightBack. Or it was very potential three years ago… now it’s on, internationally. Gymstick had divided its stand in two, one for Gymstick, one for FightBack. I’m so stoked to work with such a great partner! Not only stoked, I’m very anxious for the future, and excited! It will get bigger, and better.

My schedule this year was a lot easier, than on the past two years. This year, I just hanged out on our partners’ booths, planned a little, and even signed a contract, now we are ready to rock!

Signing the Uvex contract, we'll make you something REALLY nice!

Signing the Uvex contract, we’ll make you something REALLY nice!

 

What I did do, too, was meeting a really, REALLY nice dudes, the Florian Lehmann (gave me the idea, which led to FightBack…), and Matthias Grötter. Matthias is a German artist, who was Flo’s best man. He is a pretty damn creative guy, and a few years ago… he designed the FightBack logo. I’m so super  grateful for them both. They gave us the tools, which we are sharpening now with Makke. 

Considering tools… we also visited the Super Feet’ booth, where I met a leading expert of shoe insoles. He told me that, I’d need wider insole for my running shoe. It could help me to improve my balance, while running, so basically make running easier for me. That may be the best meeting of the 2015 ISPO for me, we’ll see which one will remain the best for FightBack.

 

I promised you a proper story of our time overseas, so here we go:

I quoted the word “holidays,” mainly because at least for an average citizen, the time we just spent in Miami… wouldn’t be a “holiday”. For myself though, since I may be a weirdo… it was something even better! It was 70% holiday, with  a 30% hint of the FightBack- “work” (media stuff, etc… (I loved it!))

Our wonderful hotel!

Our wonderful hotel!

I’m going to start with the best thing… the accommodation.  No,  we didn’t stay at four star hotel, nor in any luxurious apartment. We staid at a small-, affordable cosy little hotel, quite far from luxury… called Villa Europa. It was located on Hollywood beach, pretty close to Miami down town, and really close to ocean. The hotel was right next to Hollywood beach, so multiple were the occasions, on which we tried to get our tan on! We could also run a lot, both barefoot on the sand, and regularly on the beach boulevard (5,..?) Even though the awesome surroundings, location wasn’t the best thing about the accommodation. It was Luis, the other half of the owners. And the restaurant called “Le Tub”:

The hotel staff was awesome, but we fell in love especially with Luis, and his daughter Sarah. Luis gave us rides all around the Miami area, or arranged someone trusted to lift us. He also had very good media connections (he used to work for Latino American HBO), which turned into an interview for me on Latino American CNN.  Here’s the interview session, on English, as it happened:

Pekka Hyysalo.mp4

They dubbed a Spanish voice for me, to the version which aired, which was quite amusing in my opinion. As if I had learned a foreign language during this trip, too. It was strictly business for me! With a hint of going back to school… (really, I learned at LEAST five Spanish words!) I’m going to hunt the dubbed version for you too, just for laughs! And for you who get it.

But the most of our trip was jogging, playing bounce ball near to the hotel and swimming. A week ago, we went for a cruise to Bahamas on Norwegian Sky (real 3-day holiday)! Earlier on our holiday, we went fishing (I didn’t catch a tarpon, so I’ve got nothing more to say about that trip…) I’m glad we went there, because Pelle, the Captain of the cruise, was the BOSS.

I was playing the Captain of our cruise.

I was playing the Captain of our cruise.

 

The real Captain, Pelle, was a GREAT guy, even though he's resembling a Charlie's angel here.

The real Captain, Pelle, was a GREAT guy, even though he’s resembling a Charlie’s angel here.

I must say that originally we went to Miami, just because the flights and accommodation in Aspen for the X-Games, would’ve costed too much for our budget… but this was very nice, too.  This was something new for me. Now I’m going to go back to, being my ordinary self and there’s gym for me to hit tomorrow. And ISPO, next week.

 

 

 

I’m currently feeling myself a bit tired. This tiredness even has a name of its own; jet lag. I won’t bother myself writing to you too much today, cause I don’t want to sound dumb. I will fight, and stay awake until tonight though, so that I can wake up early tomorrow catching up a perfect rhythm. (At least in my dreams…)

Right now though… I’m just gonna give you this;

A photo of me, Luis and my GF, from the first night's dinner scene... (Luis did the CRAZY part... could be any of us three...)

A photo of me, Luis and my GF, from the first night’s dinner scene… (Luis did the “THIS GUY IS CRAZY! -part. I couldn’t figure out, which one of us was he talking about…? NOTE!; I’m pointing at him…)

Here's a screenshot of Morning Cafe, which we were at on CNN Latino America!

Here’s a screenshot of Morning Cafe, which we were at on CNN Latino America! You’ll get the full English version.

I don’t know, if you have noticed it… but my life has been pretty “hectic”… I’m everywhere, all the time. And this is just the way I love it, but I need a break from it all. A sort of timeout, to make me able to survive the certainly very hectic future. I can’t tell the future, but I hope it’s going to be busy. I love busyness, busyness means that, it can’t be boring.

Skiing is not boring, I love skiing. This “timeout”, could be just going skiing to the Alps with my friends, and I’d love it. It wouldn’t feel like a holiday though… I’m very lucky, to have lived a life in which, it’s an “everyday”. I want a timeout, though. This means the scenery, in which nobody knows who I am, this means: warm.

Right before I go though, I’ll have a little meeting considering the FightBook. I want to make it to rock your world. To rock your world so hard, that soon the place where no one’s heard of me… is the moon. The FightBook still needs some work though, so I’ll have to get into it before I’ll go. I don’t know when I’m going to be able to take a real “timeout” the next time, so you can be sure that I want to take the advantage of this break. The “break” now means that, I emptied my schedule for the beginning of the year 2015. The ISPO 2015 in the beginning of February, is the next event I’ll participate to!

I love this! When I'm coming back here, I'll go skiing and take way better photos for you!

I was skiing in Hirvensalo today. I love this! When I’ll come back here, I’ll go skiing again and take way better photos for you!

PS. I’ll promise to load up my batteries, during this timeout!