Before traveling to Lahti, where the Finlandia-Hiihto is held, we spent a couple of days in Helsinki where we stayed with Anssi, Emmi, and their two kids. We connected with them through a mutual friend and had a really nice visit. They prepared some traditional Finnish food for us, including a cheesy desert called Leipäjuusto (pronounced ???), which is made from the rich milk of a cow that has just recently calved, as well as Karelian pastries, which are sort of like open pockets of rice porridge wrapped in a thin rye crust. After a sauna, we all watched the finals of Finland’s Eurovision Song Contest qualification, a European music competition at which Finland is notoriously bad, which topped off our traditional Finnish experience.
We spent time exploring Helsinki as well. With a big harbor full of boats, lots of little islands, and a winding, rocky coastline, it reminded us a lot of Portland, ME. The connection to home made our time in Helsinki both very comfortable and reflective, which was a nice way to enter the last month of our trip.
|Evening ski. This trail was part of the race course!|
|Beautiful Lahti Forests. Mostly Scots Pines!|
We continue to get creative with our wax set-up
|Entrance to the stadium|
To see a map of the race and data collected from Tyler's watch click the link below. The time is a little off because the watch was started early.
Finlandia-Hiihto 42km Rac...
Here is a link to a short youtube video of the start and finish taken from a drone:
|Jackson being interviewed|
Morthen, our Norwegian friend that we met at the Jami42.
We are now in Stockholm training, exploring and gearing up for the Vasaloppet. We travel to Mora on Thursday!