It’s 5 p.m, dark and -10 degrees outside. While speed walking on the crispy snow with my headlight on I try to find my way to the gym also known as the “sweat room”. It’s nothing more than a 4x5m wooden shed with no heating, one flood light and it’s located in the forest at the back of our house. I open the door and it looks like a hurricane just passed through….”mmmmh this definitely looks like a category 5 hurricane…..or Elvin has gone nuts on his push bike with an ice-cream in his hand...
Four years ago I asked Jasmina if she would consider moving to Finland. Not knowing much about the country other than that Santa Claus lives up North in Rovaniemi it was a complete shot in the dark. Nevertheless, the things I heard were mostly positive so I thought: why not give it a try? Four years later, I am still in Finland without having committed suicide or becoming an alcoholic. On the contrary, I have found a new passion in the sport of swimrunning and there is hardly a better country to practise it with well over 168,000 lakes and 98,000 islands that constitute the Finnish archipelago. At the end it was also a good decision because everything here simply works and there is a lot of (personal) space and beautiful nature to train in.
Me: Thomas Schreven
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