The rest fo the track team left for Mankato on Thursday, but since I’m “unattached” I had to stay at home. As I mentioned on Instagram a few months ago, the NCAA won’t let me compete for the team until December 2015, so I’ve been enjoying a relaxing first part of the weekend. I went to the movie theater with Brittany to watch “Still Alice,” and it was amazing. Julianne Moore’s acting performance was by far the best I’ve seen in a long time, and she totally deserved that Oscar last week! For those of you that doesn’t already know, I’m very hard to please. So if I like a film, it must be good ^_^
Now I should take a shower and get ready for Brittany’s birthday party!
That headline caught your attention, right? I’ve learned some tricks from my journalism classes. True story. However, if you choose to continue reading, you’ll soon notice that the title is not completely random after all.
Because, I just did my first “journalistic interview” ever. After being assigned to write about sexual assault, I honestly didn’t know what to expect. With no reporting experience, that topic seemed like a pretty rough place to start, but there’s no “starting slow” in this field I guess. Luckily, the people I interviewed were very talkative, and I didn’t have to ask too many questions. To be honest, the actual interview itself went beyond all expectation! The problem came when I was trying to read my own notes afterwards: “What was I trying to write here?” Huh.. what the heck is this?” “Seriously..” Some of the words didn’t even look like English. I’m a terrible multitasker, so that might explain a bit. Listening to my own voice on the audio recorder afterwards was also pretty mortifying, but oh well. I’m here to learn!
Now I’m headed out to have dinner with some friends at “Famous Dave’s,” before I’ll snuggle up in my warm bed and watch Netflix the rest of the night. The temperatures outside have been overwhelmingly cold lately: -18°C today!! The thing about the South Dakota weather is that it always looks warm, but you’re in for a very unpleasant surprise if you dress according to what you see through the window. Take this picture for example:
if you just ignore the heap of snow in the back, it looks like one of those nice, sunny, warm and windless days we have in Norway (twice a year..) On the upside, from April through October, the temps are often between 24-35°C.. or.. that’s what I’ve been told. Let’s hope it’s true.
400 000 views on YouTube
I just noticed this morning that my YouTube Channel now has more than 402 000 views! I’ve been rather inactive on YouTube over the past few months, so this number definitely took me by surprise.
I first started uploading videos to get feedback on my high jump form. At the time, I didn’t have a coach, and the only chance I had at receiving any technical advice was through the internet. However, as time went by, I started to use the channel as a place where I could store all the footage I shot. And now, it turns out that some people out there actually watches it!
This is one of my first videos. I was; like most people back then, terrified of revealing my true identity online – hence the rather unspecific title:
The good thing about it, is that I now have my teenage years documented on video. However, looking through some of those older videos, I realize that my passions as a teenager were a little unusual (read: weird.) As an extremely goal oriented person, my interests were often a little on the extreme side too. For example, one day I decided to see how many crunches/sit-ups I could do in a row. So I started counting, and stopped at 1001. I felt very accomplished afterwards, so I told my training buddies about it, but they didn’t believe me: “No way you did a thousand, prove it!” So what did I do? I went back home, found my parent’s video camera and did it all over again. 1108 this time, just to be on the safe side. Here’s the video:
Then, I went through a phase where I was absolutely determined to be the master of handstands:
Followed by a time were track was replaced by Olympic Weightlifting:
Back on track:
Then I inured my leg, and discovered drawing:
Tried out Fitness:
Started training for College:
And then moved to the US to attend College:
To walk on your tiptoes
My calf muscles are so sore today! Not because of a hard workout, but because I’ve been walking on my tiptoes since Friday. In fact, I haven’t let my heels touch the floor since then. And no, this is not part of a new crazy training experiment. (I know I’ve had a few of those in the past..) Actually, this is the direct result of my collegiate triple jump debut.
As I mentioned briefly on Instagram, this ast friday I jumped in my first meet since I moved here in August. After a summer and fall filled with knee problems, I didn’t plan on doing any jumping at all this season. I was determined to become a better hurdler, and spent most of my time improving my form, as well as my speed-endurance. However, as my knee got better, I wanted to give the triple jump a shot this weekend. My coach and I agreed on using a short approach (8 strides, as opposed to the normal 16-18) to spare my legs from some of the stress the triple jump puts on your legs. Actually, your ankles and knees have to deal with a pressure of seven to eight times your own bodyweight in each landing. Anyway, I jumped 11.35m / 37’2″. Which was way better than I expected. I placed 2nd, and was pretty close to my indoor personal best. Last time I jumped was before the stress fracture back in 2012, so there should be room for improvement! Anyway, back to the sore calves.. In my last jump, I really gave it all I had, and managed to bruise both of my heels pretty severely. They look like they were hit with a sledgehammer; purple, pink and green. and it’s simply been too painful to walk normally. Since the chances are rather slim any of you will experience the same in the near future, I’ll just tell you that it’s surprising how much more strenuous it is to move around when you’re walking on the very tip of your toes all day.
Here’s a video from one of my first jumping sessions since May last year.
Now that the indoor season is over, I’ll take this week off from training, before the preparations for outdoors starts on Monday. In the meantime, I’ll work ahead on my homework, and of course; try to get the hang of this whole blog thing..
So this is my first time posting on this blog, or any blog for that matter. I have to admit that I feel slightly uncomfortable with the whole idea of sharing my own personal thoughts, ideas and opinions online like this.. Which probably sounds a bit weird, coming from a journalism major – But don’t misunderstand me, I have no problems sharing my photographies, training videos or selfies… There’s just something about writing that feels so much more personal. But oh well, I’ll be a pro in no time. Hopefully!
The day today has been very productive. Went to four lectures, did lots of homework in between each session, and now I’m about to head back to the dorms to watch my “daily movie.” After a full semester here in the US, I just recently realized that my level of productivity is at its peak between 9am and 3pm. After practice ends at around 5, I simply have no energy left for homework. Therefore, I have to work like a hero during the day – in order to earn my two-hour movie-time at night. And on todays’ menu is:
After watching the Oscars yesterday, I feel I don’t have much of a choice.
Be blessed, xoxo