As another year comes too an end I, as well as mot people it seems, become reflective and prospective. In the media they talk about 2016 as an annus horribilis, but was it really? I’m extremely grateful for all the exciting and challenging things I got to do and experience.
Personally, I couldn’t bear watching the news for a while there. War and misery seemed to be everywhere in the world and the European economy going downhill, or is that just what gets reported on? I wonder.
This is absolutely not NOT a political blog, but I must say that how Syria is destroyed, how civilians without a chance to defend themselves are treated, how good Syrian people just like you and me with good educations, jobs and families are forced to flee just breaks my heart. Back here, my heart also breaks for poor children in Norway, whose parents are dreading Christmas and every other occasion that involves spending a little extra. Imagine being poor in the 6th richest country in the world! My heart breaks for suppressed women, oppressed minorities and for anyone who is suffering no matter cause. With all the catastrophic situations that reach us through the news and other media, sport and play can seem like such bagatelles, meaningless even. However, I have come to understand that everything has its function and place in society, even sports. Sports and physical activity can bridge many a gap.
Looking back on 2016 the world would seem depressing, so I was happy to discover this little gem on a friends Facebook. It is in Norwegian, but in short it reports on how the world is actually a better place to live than before:
In the world of sports it has been a year of doping scandals, mainly in Russia, but also here at home in my very sports we hav had and still have some critical situations to be dealt with due to human error. I sincerely hope that 2017 will be a clean year where athletes also can feel security under the laws. Right now some of them don’t.
On a personal note
My oh my, 2016 has been a hard year, both mentally and physically. Mostly because it has been som crazy busy and I juggle different projects all of the time. I have accomplished a lot and have so many good memories to look back on. Some of my goals took longer that expected to reach, so I’ll bring them with me into the new year. In retrospective, I wish I had seen my friends and family more, but as I’ll get my drivers license soon (true story: I don’t have it) I’ll be more mobile and get around faster and easier. Going through pictures from 2016 there was a lot to choose from, but this post also has its limits so I have chosen some of the highlights to share with you.
So here it is: The 2016 cavalcade in pictures!
At the Forum for clinical physiology at NTNU/St.Olavs Hospital.
Thrilled to see that an inspiration of mine also had an impact on Prof. Jan Helgerud’s career. Frank Ingjer was Eirik’s and mine supervisor on our bachelor thesis. A great man and teacher!
FEBRUARY AND MARCH
Skiing and racing all through February and March.
The Greek delegation for the biathlon world championship in Oslo!
This was a fun filter, Snapchat.
The day before Birkebeinerrennet. Still smiling then.
Soon Norwegian XC-ski championships…
Easter Break: Beitostølen
The traditional Haukelirennet!
Paris is always a good idea! Mini-moon<3
“If you can dream it, you can do it!” – Walt Disney
Spring also means it’s time to run! Here at Råskinnet aka “The Badass run”
In collaboration with Runner’s World my colleagues Lise Solie, Hanne Mette Sande, Kristine Eikrem Engeset and I, organized 2 running events, ladies only. They were completely full-booked woth waiting lists. Here demonstrating MSR. I hope we can repeat the success in a bigger scale!
A busy weekend: Holmenkollen relay on Saturday, where I ran for two teams, followed by Wings for Life World Run in Stavanger on Sunday.
Leading up to the Wings for Life World Run Pia Seeberg and I had free training sessions presented by Redbull! great turn-out and a lot of joy for running and movement!
Finally! Meeting up with the other ambassadors in Stavanger and we are ready to run!
The Crew! All for a good cause.
ECSS in Vienna
I L.O.V.E Smartfish and they presented their new and successful research at the conference. I truly can vouch for this product!
Got to meet and interview this handsome guy! Will Sharman, British 100m hurdler and Smartfish-athlete.
From the left; Claus Kjærgaard – CEO of Smartfish,Jordan Philpott – MSc and researcher from the University of Stirling, Ana Cohelo – Sports Nutritionist and Smartfish representative, Henrik and Janne Mathisen – Founders of Smartfish.
Selfie time! Got some sightseeing done in Vienna.
Found the suspension bridge!
Breast Cancer Awareness Month with the pink bow designed by sweetest Camilla Phil
Seminars en masse! Here at the Norwegian Olympic Centers developmental athletes seminar
AFPT lecturer and former study mate, Andreas Angeltveit and I are happy campers at Bislet stadium!
OSLO AFPT spring crew! Such a great gang of people <3
Year of the pancakes! I ate SO much pancakes this year. Pancakes are everything.
Spent a lot of time on Atle’s bench! Thank you for keeping my body in check, Atle!
AFPT Students! Love being their teacher <3
Norwegian constitution day: 17th of May
Work shop with these two! Jørgen Jevne and Jon Yuen are such great communicators and practitioners.
All of 2016 offered great training sessions with the SKIGO-girls. May 2017 bring many more! Thank you for initiating all those sessions, Linda!
Tried to run two races in two consecutive days: First out was Ryeløpet. 5K trail run. It went great!
Then Fornebuløpet, 10K. I sucked! Two in a row, not such a good idea, but I have learned.
AFPT: Went to Bergen to teach! <3
LYN SKI jr and sr. After Frognersetertesten – A 5K hill test race
BDO-mila: Sponsor run with Eirik and some of his athletes
LYN SKI training camp
Happy camper! @magnatnorge
Summernight run /Sommernattsløpet with Runner’s World Norway
Lovely, sporty ladies!
My love. Dates were had.
AFPT gathering at Holmsbu!
Ladies and gentlemen, I give you: My AFPT-colleagues! Love you guys! <3
In Dubai with AFPT. An unforgettable experience and this crew is a big part of it!
It was HOT!
Celebrated our 1-year wedding anniversary with a trip to the snow tunnel in Torsby, Sweden!
Summer ski camp in the south of Norway – Tvedestrand!
AFPT OSLO crew! <3
AFPT CONVENTION 2016
This was another unforgettable experience. Both because I got to be one of the speakers and because I met som many great people in both the speakers and the participants. I left the weekend extremely inspired and richer in knowledge. Hope to see you at the 2017 convention!
Yours truly! I LOVE to do public speaking and lecturing, because sharing and teaching sciences in a tangible way is my passion!
Got lots of live feedback like this one! Glad you guys liked it!
Got to meet up with this sweety again! Maren and I collaborated on several posts on her beautiful blog!
September means a lot of training: running, skiing, rollerskiing – everything!
Invited! Viewing of the Run & Relax F/W collection at The Well. Beautiful and functional clothing.
Teaching AFPT-students: Trondheim crew <3
Our head coach, Marcel Da Cruz held a great workshop on training kids and youth! I hope we can do it again, because he has such valuable insights and experiences to share. Evidence based of course ;-)
Performance Coach and AFPT-lecturer Tomas Fjeldberg and I happily payed it forward at the career day at The Norwegian School of Sports Sciences, lecturing about making it in the training industry and what we have been up to since graduating.
Speaking to Sports Biology bachelor students.
Thanks for having me! <3 NIH 4 evah!
The fall continued with a lot and hard training! Here we had just finished an intervall session up past Holmenkollen.
4 hour run? yes, please, with these girls!
Since school I have so missed working together with my favorite lab-partner and co-researcher! Finally, we got to teach this lovely AFPT crew together. <3
I got to be a guest on one of Norway’s most popular podcasts: Treningspodden. Here with the gorgeous and competent hosts: Silje Thorstensen and Pia Seeberg.
Guests at Good Morning Norway – Me being the tag-along-wife
Eirik went to Bergen to teach AFPT-students because I had double-booked and also had to start XC-ski season at Gaala! Ah, the benefits of having the same education. Thank you, honey! Other things that happened in November was that I sold we sold the Bislet-apartment.
Season start at Gålå!
No less than 4 Christmas parties on the books! This year I attended them all with gusto (well, my kind of gusto).
OMG! Got voted colleague of the year at Magnat Center! Who doesn’t love awards! SO humble and grateful, and I truly appreciate ALL my colleagues there and our superstrong team. I am very proud to be working there. #magnatstrong
A merry Christmas it was! Except for the fact that I have been sick the last 14 days. All the training and work I had planned to do down the drain. However, all is not lost and I am now on my way back in shape. As for work…bah! I’m SO behind! Still merry, though.
Easy days at Sjusjøen. The pic below was taken the day after the storm Urd raged over Norway.
Skiing with my favorite person. I am officially HAPPY! <3 In 2 and half weeks time we are moving in to out new home on the west side of Holmenkollen and starting a new chapter in our lives. Moving from urban Bislet to the edge of the forest will be a huge change for sure, but perfect for us.
Thank you for following my updates and articles in 2016! I have a lot of good content ready and backed up for you and I hope you’ll join me on my athletic, academic and personal journey in 2017 and I’ll do my best to share knowledge of good use. The best is yet to come, my friends!