Hurry up, Get set! I´m crossing the world to reach 80 stadiums
WORLD IN THE FAST LANE: I know what I needs to do, and I´m on a special mission: Around the World to run fast and visit 80 sport stadiums. At the same time, to tell my followers how it is to travel alone and visit the word. I don´t know where I am going, but I´m on my way in the fast lane. Get set! Meet me with friends in Rapido Amigos, the fast runners around the world.
In year 2021 I began training to be a faster version of myself. I set off to train like Usain Bolt and the world best sprinters. One year on I had my debut running 100 meters in a competition without any success story to publish.
But my mission continues and remain on the track traveling from country to country. My travel package contains of training, running and create stories with advice and inspiration in King Goya online travel magazine and on social media.
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As journalist and photographer, I have always been on the road around the world and met the most interesting people. From fishermen in the dark and frozen Arctic, to kings and pop-stars, and not to forget famous Ronny Biggs. The famous train robber who escaped in Rio de Janeiro, before heading back to London where he died. I am Norwegian, recently moved from London to Malaga in Spain.
I travel alone
Taking on the world alone is a liberating, life-changing activity you can do as a tourist or traveler, or simply as a change of lifestyle.
Travelling has given a big confidence boost. Mostly travelling alone and never with fear of loneliness. This is not a scary activity. The last years, I never toured with anybody, I am safe and happy in my own company. And always things to do, shooting pictures and videos, meet locals, create interesting travel stories and never forget to train. Now, as a relatively newborn veteran sprinter any journey is another story.
Benefits of solo travel is to meet people from all corners and meeting locals is even more important. This is a real variant of self-indulgent, about achieving my own goals.
Camp in Cebu
I am definitely on my own when training and compete on the track by running 100m and 200m. On my second camp in Philippines and Cebu City I trained with coach Arvin Loberanis. He is my link to the local community and Arvin teach me a lot about the people of this big Cebu Island.
Whether I travel alone or with friends and family, solo travel can be a social experience. My own experience is simply travel alone without being lonely. The Latin word for travel solo is “solitary wanderer”. We are simply a group opposite to everyone who travels on charter holiday, often to the same place year after year.
Not a Backpacker
“Do what I want, when I want”, is the great benefits being a solo traveler.
I`m not a typical backpacker and not settle for miserable living conditions. I must have a good bed and access to make some food myself. I am so far from being backpacker that I almost never meet a backpacker or a typical travel blogger.
Learn about yourself
Traveling on your own also gives the opportunity to learn and grow. Yes, some things are better shared, but you can enjoy on your own. You don´t need company to enjoy clouds move in slow motion, or a sunset when the sun and the sea meet.
My advice to other: “You’ll never know if you don’t go”
Run the World
As for me, running is the extra activity. Run to be in shape, stay healthy and run to be a faster version of myself was a choice I made in 2020. My first competition ever was indeed the Word Championship for Veterans. My result on 100m in Finland was so bad that anyone with a bit of common sense would have given up on the sprint project before it actually started.
Giving up was not my option and in 2023 I continue to participate in smaller competitions for veterans, but also in Masters Game, Norwegian Masters, and the European Masters Athletic Championship in Pescara, Italy. I also have added 200m to my delayed sports career.
World Masters Games is an international multi-sport event held every four year and has developed into the largest of its kind. World Masters is like Olympic Games for Veterans.
Train, Run, Travel
I am on my own journey to train and run at 80 track & fields stadiums around the world. This global race has started and so far travel alone makes me happy.
This is a meaningful journey like any other. But also like crossing the world in the fast lane – and always feeling a bit behind schedule.
With a view to Cebu City skyline – with local track & field stars Cristel, left, and Kristine.
Visit Cebu City
Cebu City is the main city on Cebu Island and the oldest city in Philippines. The city has about 1 million inhabitants. Here you will find historical sites, luxury resorts, shopping malls and the nightlife.
Airport: The airport is located on Mactan island, connected the city with three bridges. The distance between Mactan-Cebu International Airport and Cebu City is 10-12 km.
Best to visit: From January to April is the dry season and most pleasant period to visit.
Why Cebu City?: This is a gateway to the Philippines with easy access to many of the best islands. Cebu is an alternative to Manila. Next to the city you can do diving, swim with sardines and visit white sand beaches and crystal clear waters.
Best City Tour: Visit Plaza Independencia, Fort San Pedro, Magellan´s Cross and Basilica del Sto Nino Museum. Or go swimming with the whale sharks.
Resorts: The best resorts are located on Mactan island. Such as Plantation Bay Resort and Spa, Shangri-La Mactan, and Dusit Thani, just 7km from the airport.