Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Countdown

Currently I am counting down:
The last date is especially scary since it's very close. Since the end of lectures in late April it has felt like a lifetime until exam - until I woke up this morning and realize I didn't have all the time in the world anymore. This resulted in a 14 hour day in the study hall. Spending all day sitting still and eating 500 calories in cheese tortilla chips after dinner doesn't exactly bode well for point two - Nordmarka Forest Marathon.

Gotta love quantum mechanics!

Nordmara Forest Marathon will be my second marathon and Dad's first. My first marathon was the Oslo Marathon in September, 2010, which I ran in 3:53. I was probably in the best running shape of my life (so far) then, but I still met the infamous 'Wall' around kilometer 35. I would rather not do that again, and I think one of my main problems that I didn't eat enough while running, because I simply have no appetite until my blood sugar hits the floor. I'm definitely going to find a way to ingest more calories this time - probably gels or something.

Unfortunately, no matter how much I might have learned in my last go round, my Garmin FR60 can pretty much spells out one thing. You are in worse shape than last time. And 18 days is not enough time to make up lost training. So basically I'm just training to survive the marathon now - I don't think under 4 hours (my goal last time) is realistic, but maybe under 4:30.

On the bright side, my father and I had a lovely run yesterday. He has been training very hard for this marathon, and hopes to complete under 4 hours. Hopefully I can pace him for a couple of hours, as I have the advantage of being faster than him over short (think 10 km or so) distances.

In typical Trondheim fashion, it started out sunny, clouded over after 20 minutes, started to snow, then rained and then the sun came out at the end. Here's dad, and the faithful hound Sebastian on the trail above Jonsvatnet:

Our route was 17.5 km according to Dad's GPS, and looked like this:


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Some steep climbs in the forest, a long down hill to Jonsvatnet (the lake on the right side of the map), and some road running at the end for speed. I actually felt pretty good, at least until the end. Hopefully a couple more long runs will put me about were I should be. 

As Haruki Marukami said in his enjoyable What I talk about when I talk about running:

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.

I guess we'll see about that.

- Molly

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Procrastination: the right way

Most of the time, the weather in Trondheim, Norway is... fickle, to put it mildly. Some people might rephrase this as 'absolute crap'. I would mostly just recommend to you bring a rain jacket wherever you go, no matter what the forecast says and what the weather outside looks like. Just in case.

Very occasionally the weather gods smile on us, and Trondheim becomes a small piece of paradise. Yesterday was just such a day. The sun was shining, all the good citizens of Trondheim were out by the fjord or in the local forest, tanning and splashing and grilling and enjoying life. Although I have impending exams, I had to be one of them. So I did what any good engineering student would do and took the afternoon off to go rock climbing by the fjord.

Sigmund leads a route on 'Sofaveggen', the couch wall. It didn't feel like much of a couch to me!


I've always suspected that Marit had a secret to why she's a better climber than me, and in this picture I think I finally found it - she has a climbing fairy that helps her up. I want one!
Rappelling: best done to the Mission Impossible theme song! (Hum it in your head as you view the next picture)
We came up with a theory that if you make yourself as wide as possible, you look more masculine. Kai tests this theory - guess it worked?

All good things come to an end, so then the sun set. Rather nicely, as it were.

To many more days in the sun (or not, if I'm ever going to become a serious student!)

- Molly


Thursday, May 24, 2012

The Grand Opening

Welcome, gentle reader, to the Adventures of a Wild Bazilchuk.

I will start with the immortal words of Lewis Carroll:

"The time has come," the Walrus said,
"To talk of many things:
Of shoes--and ships--and sealing-wax--
Of cabbages--and kings--
And why the sea is boiling hot--
And whether pigs have wings."

And so I shall.

In about two months I'll be boarding a plane to Grenoble, France for a year as an exchange student at Grenoble. The move looks something like this:


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I hope to use this blog to share my experiences in France with everyone and anyone who cares to listen. Even though I still have two months till I'm leaving, I figured I would start sharing now. Because sharing is always good!

In advance of my year in France, I have three goals (in descending priority):
  1. Learn to speak fluent french
  2. Ski, bike, hike and whatever other cool sports I can find to do as much as possible in the ALPS!
  3. Take enough subjects to be able to start my master's degree when I get back.
Probably I will write about some of those things (maybe you can judge how well I do?). I might also write about other things.

This is, after all, the ADVENTURES of a Wild Bazilchuk.

Who knows what will happen.

So sit back, put your seatbelt on, relax, and enjoy!

Au revoir!