The days before the Run, I was really nervous last year, I couldn’t sleep properly. I thought that, I needed to run as fast as possible, and to put my body for a test, in order to be able to finish the marathon someday. I couldn’t run properly, but I had somehow figured out that, if I’ll just keep running falsely as fast as possible, I’ll definitely learn to run properly, someday. My technique was really bad, but I filled up the gap with pure will power. It got me there:
I kept on training the way I was used to, went for a holiday in Miami, ran FIVE MILES, so at least 8 kilometers! I was thinking that, now I might be able to run 5,2 km, as fast as I can. I came home and in last February, I heard about this VASA Concept. It sounded just great! I’d only have to work. And in order to get the benefits faster, I could work my ass of. I could get results! Real results, true recovery. There was only one problem, no running allowed. I figured out that, I’m going to do this until next summer (last summer…) and then, I’m going to run…
It’s the day of the FightBack Run, and I’m not going to run? What’s really important for me?
Getting back, as well as possible. If this means no running, then I’m going to walk. I’m going to enjoy the beautiful scenery, enjoy getting so many people out there with me (there were over a thousand registered participants last night!) and save my running ability for the years to come! For the RUNS to come 😉 I’m not going to promise you anything except that, I’m going to try to have as much fun as possible! I like running and I’ll promise to do my best to learn it properly!
I had some other things I wanted to open up about, too, but I don’t really feel like writing anymore… Instead, I’ll show you what do I feel like doing, every day! I feel like having fun, not necessarily dancing like an idiot like that, nor jumping, but I LOVE TO HAVE FUN!!! 😛
Ps. This year I’m going to be able to participate the dinner and the party! Party is at Apollo, Turku, 21.00!
I was really happy yesterday, and even though I just bought one train ticket to a false destination and lost my sweet FightBack drinking bottle to Jyväskylä’s train station… I’m pretty happy now, too! Am I careless?
-no, I don’t think so…
I was really irritated for a second, because even false train tickets cost money, and Sigg drinking bottles, on top of being cool, cost money too! I was irritated only for a second though, cause these problems won’t be fatal. I was talking for adult students in Jyväskylä about motivation, and about positive attitude towards, well, life in general… How could I say something like that, AND get mad for something like THAT?!
-in a second I was laughing at myself…
And all of a sudden I’m sitting here and writing you this, smiling… Awfully big part of my presentations have sustained technical difficulties, just like today’s. That’s why, I’m really used to that, which makes me not to care too much. I’m so used to things going wrong already, that I can just laugh about it. The best in this is, that quite often the audience joins me laughing… at least so far.
That’s my work, having presentations, and telling you how they get screwed up… 😉 Actually, to be honest here, I don’t even screw up that often. Even technically. Sometimes I’m all alone. It’s kind of relieving not to have to count on any technical devices.
One might think from the headline that, I’m just late, but no, I’m not. I’m very well aware that last Sunday, was “the real” Mother’s day… but at least I, have such a Great Mom, that everyday should be a Mother’s day.
My Mom has been there for me through the slightly thicker times, but especially her part in the very thin times of my life, make me to love her. I don’t say it often enough, but I think that she’s very well aware of that… We are a perfect team!
I didn’t write this last Sunday, cause I was just too busy spending the actual mother’s day at home with her. Yesterday… I was full on rehabbing myself in Validia (the place, for whom I gave “the face” in Helsingin Sanomat add…) but now, now I’m sitting on train. It’s the perfect time for me to write this, and it would also be the perfect time to PUBLISH this, if the internet worked even even a bit better…
I’m sitting here, cause I’m going to Jyväskylä, central Finland, to talk about the FightBack for adult students. I’m going to concentrate especially to the importance of motivation! Even though “the youth are the future…” I think that we ALL have our role in it… especially grownups. They make the decisions.
Puhun taas suomea teille, koska ulkomaalaiset eivät kuitenkaan tulisi tajuamaan mitään edes tekstin aiheesta… Eli huomenna, 4.5.2014, klo 14, Turussa Tuomiokirkonportailla… pidän minä Partioparaatin juhlapuheen! Minut on valittu juhlapuhujaksi luultavasti, koska omat arvoni käyvät melko hyvin yhteen partiolaisten arvojen kanssa. Sillä, että olen myös itse viettänyt nuoruusvuosistani muutaman Partiosissien jollassa, lienee vain positiivista vaikutusta siihen, mitä minusta on tullut.
Olen tähän mennessä pitänyt muutaman puheen suomeksi, sekä muutaman englanniksi. Minusta tuntuu kuitenkin, että niin puhuessani, kuin kirjoittaessani suomea, saan itsestäni enemmän irti. Englantia puhun, ja kirjoitan, sillä tahdon tavoittaa enemmän ihmisiä. Kyseessä ei ole vain se, että sanavarastoni suomeksi olisi parempi. Suomi vain on, äidinkieleni. Tämän pidemmittä puheitta, kutsun kaikki Turun Tuomiokirkon portaille, kuuntelemaan kun puhun. Vaikka puhetta kuuntelee myös partiolaiset, on puheeni suunnattu kaikille.
I am spending my anniversary of the crash, which completely changed my life, today. I spent the most of it with my manager Man, Makke, and the most of it was as well, well, strictly business. I HAD A BLAST THOUGH! A.K.A, the meetings we had, were had with very nice people, and I’m very excited about something else, too… the web-shop here, at teamfightback.com is going to open in a few weeks! 15.05.2014, to be completely accurate. And since it’s FightBack – I’m talking about, I’m always accurate!
Other things on my mind right now, are the splendid trip to Oslo we made last weekend… and the morning TV show, live, tomorrow morning! We are going to appear on it with my manager Makke, and it’s mainly because I’m having the 4 – year anniversary today. An anniversary of the day in 2010, which completely changed my life. It did not kill me, and because of that, I’m putting all into Fighting Back from that trauma… and to make everyone else see too, that life is the BEST thing happening to us! If you’re in Finland, and are interested of the FightBack, or anything related to it, I’d turn on my TV, on MTV3 at 07.50.
Right though, now I’m hungry, so I’ll going to go and have a dinner at Scandic Marski’s restaurant.
P. S. If you just have Instagram, you can find me with the nick Pexih. You can follow my adventures, and get a little preview of the applauds we got 😉 OR, just head to http://instagram.com/pexih!
Yes, I did a front flip. Actually, I did a bunch of them… As you have might’ve noticed, I’ve been so busy front flipping etc. that I haven’t even had time to write for you. This sucks, of course, and I even share a bit of your pain for, me not being able to share my adventures with you… Only a bit though, because I’ve gotten to live the adventurous life, myself 😉 Saying this makes me feel even a bit worse for you… and at least a bit amused…
Right now I’m gonna cut the bull crap though, and tell you that:
My girlfriend Viivus came to Finland two weeks ago. I admit, this was part of the reason why I haven’t been writing for you. On Saturday the 12th, the J.O.I went down. It’s in my opinion the best Big Air competition in the World, with the best riders, and especially the best jump. I’ve been participating it, as a competitor back in THE days, and judge for 3 years now… this year the judges came from AFP. I watched it anyways, of course, and I gotta say that, it was one hell of a show! Again… A friend of mine Oscar Wester, another friend of mine Jacob’s little brother… took it down, too, and I’ve gotta say, that I was STOKED for him. I love his style, and obviously everyone else does too, since he’s winning everything nowadays… 1,5 weeks ago we cycled to my old home in Satava, and staid there two days. The weather was quite ok, and I jumped on our trampoline. But I wasn’t ready yet, no front flips occurred back then…
After Satava, on Tuesday evening, we hopped on a train. I took us to Helsinki, to new adventures First, on Wednesday morning, we shot a short video for Arla, aamiaiskutsu… then I went to Scandic hotels’ headquarters, to keep the worst speech I’ve held so far… nothing was working! And to finish the day, we went to the Finnish publication of Samsung Galaxy S5? which was a training session. It was held at PULP agency’s headquarters, we were cycling with Watt Bikes, got very good nutrition and it was great. The Samsung S5, seems to be really a great of a phone, and the “wrist band”, with everything in it… is THE GREATEST thing ever!!!!
[caption id="attachment_5544" align="alignnone" width="300"] The selfie Viivia helped me to take at Samsung training session…
We slept the night after sweating, and now begins the hypothethic front flip. We were invited to Jari and Virpi Sarasvuos’ home, and spent two very enjoyable days there. Going to Jari’s was like in the middle of a front flip, you can see backwards, upside down… Jari brought my story public, and I’m very grateful for that. He gave me the push that I needed. He’s the Man. We were just talking, eating and doing all kinds of friendly stuff… I had fun! And here we must notify Jari’s home Cross Fit Box. It had everything in it. Viivus was sweating there, as I was just stretching. But now we’re going to get to my own sweat.
We came home, only to hop on our cycles, to cycle to my other home again. At home we spent very nice and relaxing time, but you’ve tolerated this long enough! Let’s Front Flip!
I must say that, a front flip may be a piece of cake… for a healthy person. But for me, it was not. I started preparing myself for it already 3,5 years ago, as I did my first somersaults. I couldn’t even walk, and I was doing somersaults on the TRAMPOLINE!?! I know… you must think I’m mentally very dysfunctional. But it was a beginning. I couldn’t even jump yet, but as I’ve spent a lot of my time on our tramp, I learned to! First I jumped somersaults to my back, from it… to my feet. The same backwards, then I was ready, to flip. I learned a back flip, last summer. You may think it’s scarier, cause you can’t see, where you’re going, but it’s not. You just flip over your head, and you see! I had done it thousands of times, I knew this.
Then I did it, not that hard. Scary, but not that hard…
Then the front flip… I wanted to do that too, straight away, of course… I tried it, many times, but no… it didn’t happen, until last Sunday. The hard thing, at least for me, is that you have to come over a totally blind spot. You can’t see the mat under your feet, until you’re on your feet. I decided to try it a few times on Saturday, too, failing… then on Sunday again, I told Viivia straight away in the morning that, today I’m going to stomp a front flip. I did, and here, finally, you can see it (Even those of you, who didn’t read any of ^that…):
-New York Times just published a story of how, “Ski Helmet Use Isn’t Reducing Brain Injuries”.
You can read the story from that^ link up there, but just as I stated on the headline… I disagree very. I disagree, a lot. As a TBI sustained skier myself, I can honestly say that no, the helmet use didn’t reduce the TBI of mine, completely… But without the helmet, which didn’t reduce my TBI from happening… I would’ve just died. I’m not even joking. My feedback for this New York Times article, is just that: Helmets may not’t prevent that many brain injuries, but they do save lives. A lot of lives. I can straight away name a handful of guys, who’d be dead, hadn’t they had a helmet on.
The New York Times should, -in my own opinion… be the biggest and the most viewed media in the world, and publish anything like this. The fact that they’d say so, is just unbelievable. What if someone quits their usage of helmets, after reading that. And then they pass away, after sustaining a mediocre crash… with no helmet on their head.
This story may have been written, just because the situation with Michael Schumacher. From that I have kept the mouth of my own shut, until this, and I won’t open up from that a lot, now either… I just must say that, there are so various kinds of TBI’s, and I won’t try to predict any kind of outcome from this, since I’m not a doctor. I wouldn’t dare to predict anything, even if I were one… cause my own experiences of the Doctors’ predictions, are not that solid.
To the end I can compress my opinion on this matter: “Ski helmet use may not REDUCE brain injuries, but it does SAVE lives.”
Last night was the night of the JOI 2014, and again, it was a magical of a big air competition. The jump, is just legendary. It’s perfect, every year. The winner of this years competition, was a younger brother of a good friend of mine, Jacob Wester; Oscar Wester. Oscar is a friend of mine as well, and it has been really great to watch, how he has dominated the end of this season! I can remember him from Back In The Days, and to see him just dominating now, makes me smile. And it also makes me, to feel myself old 😉
Jon Olsson Invitational, is the my favorite Big Air competition. And it’s going down, just in a moment! I have been so lucky, that I have been invited there as a rider once, and after my injury, trice as a judge. Jon is a great guy, and from what I’ve heard… the competition is going to be off the hook, once again. You can watch it now at: https://joi.solidtango.com/live/jon-olsson-invitational-live
I myself have so many favorites there, but I suspect the top three being: Oscar Wester, Jesper Tjäder and Gus Kenworthy. I’m gonna do some watching now.
This has been a great week! After a not so long, but way worse winter in my own opinion… this week I have finally taken myself running outside! I know, I know… I could’ve been out there running the whole winter! But, honestly, I don’t think I would’ve had that much fun. Now, then again, I have been running outside trice! And so far on every session, I’ve had a BLAST!
One thing I didn’t really even think about in wintertime, but am very aware of now… is that, the track in Turun Urheilupuisto, is way longer than the track in Kupittaa. At least double, but maybe even a bit more. For me, this is considering my mental condition (dangerously ambitious…) a very welcome change. I even ran my personal best in years!
At first we warmed me up in the stairs, and when I was warm, we went down to the track. I began with one lap (400m), continued with two (400 x 2…) And finished with 2,5, AKA, 1 kilometer! Which was of course pretty tough for me, but very doable! So doable that, we weren’t really even finished. For warming down I was told to run 400m, so I did just that, twice, and walked the track around once. And we were done. The best running session, once again… -CHECK!
P. S. My girlfriend came home for almost 2 weeks now! So she’s going to be around too, at least every once in a while… 😛