Kaisa.sali

Kaisa Sali, 36, Helsinki 

Since I was twelve the passion in my heart, the joy of movement and the “sisu” to overcome the challenges have been my guides on the journey towards my dreams to become the fastest and strongest female at triathlete Ironman World Championship.

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Helsinki Central park

Kaisa Sali

Helsinki Central park stretches 10 km from Töölönlahti Bay in the south to the boarder of Helsinki and Vantaa in the north. The park is a real runners heaven and the legend tells that during the IAAF Athletics World Championships in 2005 the kenyan marathon runners did overtrain as they enjoyed the running in Central Park so much.

The park is a beautiful forest filled with hundreds of kilometers of zigzagging sand paths, just perfect for running

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Herttoniemi stairs

Kaisa Sali 

Herttoniemis’ old ski jump tower stairs is a perfect spot for some high intensity running and cross training. There are 182 steps to go so you can really feel the running up in your legs and lungs. The view from the up level is beautiful as you can see far to the sea coast. If you like to do many loops you can run back down following the stairs or a curly running path. The stairs are also connected to the huge sand path network of Helsinki Central park. 

I like to do 5-10 loops on the stairs and finish up with a few km of fast running on the flat sand roads.

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Restaurant Lämpö

Kaisa Sali

The location of Lämpö is very interesting as it is situated at Suvilahti and surrounded by the old power production buildings. The area is very urban as it is decorated by many cool graffiti. If you like to mix some parkour kind of activities with your run, Suvilahti is the location you will love.
Lämpö is known for its’ great daily lunch buffet and also the weekend brunch is one of the best in Helsinki.

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Cafe Johan & Nyström

Kaisa Sali

Cafe Johan & Nyström is in my opinion the most cozy cafeteria in Helsinki. The sofas at the second floor are a perfect spot for having a long chat with friends or chilling alone reading a good book. The coffee is first class. Johan & Nyström slowly roast all the coffees by themselves and the organic beans are bought straight from the owners. There is also a good selection of teas and bakery products.

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Allas sea pool

Kaisa Sali

Allas sea pool is right in the heart of Helsinki and is a perfect location for  a recovery swim after a run around the citys beautiful coast. You can enjoy the pools year around – at winter it is pretty magical to swim in the heated pool when snowflakes are falling and during summer the pools and the deck areas are perfect spots for sunbathing.
There are also a cold sea water pool and a traditional Finnish sauna in the area so you can boost your relaxation with some hot-cold therapy. 

After the swim you can enjoy for example a glass of wine and a tasty salad at the Pools' small restaurant.
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