Toughest Gothenburg

5 in the morning Saturday the 7th of October and it´s time to get up make coffee and head up to Gothenburg for Toughest and the second last race of the year. Almost first on the evet place and time to look around the obstacles nearby. Running with the team today (MIT Toughteam), and ready to have fun… but I’m not really up to the race today … it´s cold, windy and clouds on the sky, and the feeling I had in Copenhagen last Saturday is just not there! On the start line with the team the music is pumping and Wally is shouting out loud in the “mike” getting MIT ready to go … 5,4,3,2,1 go !! And we are of….. I Knew before I ran this race that Gothenburg was known for mud and woods! But this tough and rough terrain got me hard. The first mud pit I tripped and fall under deep muddy water! And this meant that short time after we got in to the woods and trails were I had trouble running and getting warm in the cold wind! I struggled up high hill and down thinking “I Hate Gothenburg” Cold and weak in my mind I had trouble with the most basic obstacles along the way and had to do penalty round on the rings!! The rings I’ll never have to train or think about! But I fail 2 times on Fastlane and on time on regular rings, so I had to go way in to the muddy woods for a hard and tough penalty round. I had to fight my way all around the course cold and mentally challenged and not being able to do what I normally do …. Rely on my upper body strength! Finally I see the sign whit ramp coming up and thinking “yes my suffering is over” I see the penalty round for this is more wood and more mud! And I’m not prepared to take one more step than I have to on my way to the finish line!! I get up next to the ramp with mud almost up to my knees, and to my big surprise I see that for the first time ever there is ropes hanging down the ramp because of all the mud. I take my first go at it but slips and fail! Now I know why the ropes are here! It’s so slippery that no one is getting up! I try to climb on my knees up but fail again. No a fellow OCR runner helps me up and on to the rope… no I’m up and over! This is over I’m over the finish line cold and worn out … Took me several hours to get warm and the smile back on my face … and thinking fuck Las Vegas is in 4,5 weeks and I have a hurting leg and a holster for my prosthetic leg that doesn’t fit! So little time to go! But Toughest delivers a great race again and it was as the name Toughest! And the Toughest I’ll ever did. So the race gets 5 out of 5 and the toughness 10 out of 5!

Toughest Copenhagen

Saturday morning awake at 8 after 9 good hours of sleep, I rice up ready for one of my favorite/hate races of the year! Hate because of all of the sand along the race! Favorite because it’s my home town and great obstacles in the water! I drive over the Oresund from Sweden where I live to Kastrup and Copenhagen. Arrive at the event area with one of my partners in crime for today André “the Viking” who is known as founder of Berzerk OCR race in Helsingborg. We meet up with the rest of the happy crew and we get ready to rumble at 13:05. Today I’m in a camo kilt from 5.11 tactical and camo shirt to honor the soldiers who serve. Jess from Team Bear OCR is in camo pants and shirt, and we got André in leather kilt, Anders “The Danish Viking” painted as the pumpkin man … Jens is in the beautiful Fundracers tee, and we got Malene Meyer and Lena “Aminguak” Mathæussen to back us up! Today ITV Productions has a camera team on the spot to shoot for the program I’ll be in the spring 2018 “I dag om ett år” but there here for a real fighter and cancer survivor Sara Nilsson. Follow her on Instagram @sara.superwoman_ She runs her first Toughest after not being able to walk one year before this date! She is truly amazing and I followed her side by side most of the run, and she did more than well. But they took the chance to film us together and to shoot some stuff to my part of the program. I started out well in the beginning till we hit the heavy sand on the coastline … I really tried to keep on running in the sand but my blade are digging up more and more sand so it sucks out all of my energy in the end. Ill found myself walking along the beach feeling I am slowing down my team a lot! I can feel my “stump” is sore and is taking the pressure from running in the sand badly… so I decide to skip the log carry for unnecessary pressure on my leg. Out of the sand I got my running power back and we ad speed to the pace now. We get to one of the last obstacles and I’m on the Fastlane and got stuck with my leg in a ring that is putting a lot of pressure on my leg muscle! After that it cramps up all the way to the final ramp were I can hear Wally and Brian shouting out my name and cheering me for a go on the ramp. But getting up there trying to push it my leg cramps and it’s too slippery to try again… but my wonderful teammates has done "the human ladder" for me to climb up the ramp. Up there I’m putting down my leg to pull up all of my teammates, to the finish line and down to the photographers. After the finish it´s a lot of hugging and happy faces but the hug that meant the most was from my friend and Toughest Lab head coach Karin Henderson and the word she said to me. Thanks Karin it meant the world to me, and thanks to my teammates for a fun run and my fastest Toughest Copenhagen so far. I give toughest Copenhagen 5 out of 5 stars for the race and for the people and ocrspirit 10 out of 5 stars. Now I recharge for Toughest Gothenburg next Saturday were ill be running with my friends at MIT Tough Team in the Toughest final.

Nordic Race And After

Nordic Race Århus was a blast of a race with good friends. 3 rounds of 2 km and 25 obstacles on a motorcross field with mud and well planned obstacles! After the first run I jumped over some of the obstacles to spare my hands that were torn up at Toughest Lab the Thursday before the race. I did the penalty rounds of course and this was a pure fun run for my part. Nordic Race gets 5 of 5 stars for this race thst was perfect in hardness and skills. The Sunday was all without energy, and laid in bed all day and night watching movies. Did a session of lifting to wakeup my body today and adjusting my leg before Toughest Copenhagen on Saturday.