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.
It’s December and officially winter in Finland. Especially when there is no snow I struggle to train, simply because the window to run outside when there is still a glimmer of light is only between 10:00 and 14:00 pm. The rest of the day is pretty much wet, grey and dark. It’s the time where I tend to sleep more and train less. Energy levels (despite eating more than normal) are low and my immune system is working 24 hour shifts for me not to get sick. I try to run every other day and focus mostly on “spending time on my feet” meaning:
Me: Thomas Schreven
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