Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Not slow, not fast

stats of the week: run 16 km, cycled 70 km, indoor cycled 1.5 h, gym 3 h

Still suffering from the bathroom fall I realized that the pain disappears when running. So what! I decided to test my performance at a 5 K charity run. Would have been happy with a sub 25 min and surprisingly ended up with a sub 23. However, the fastest man in my age group finished sub 19.

An awareness not really new: I am not slow but also not fast enough. Should I be able to train properly for a couple of months an improvement of one minute at 5 K might be possible. Alas, I know I should be happy to be able to jog and enjoy it. Nonetheless, I am reading Joe Friel's book "Fast after 50". A bit late but hopefully not too late.




Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Late season fall

stats of the week: run 28 km, cycled 165 km, gym 3 h
stats of the week before: run 25 km, gym 3 h

Earlier than I thought I got my bike out again and enjoyed easy riding without any commitment.

But now late running season was set to start. I did a promising interval session on Saturday - only to get hurt badly when I fell in the bathroom.

Diclofenac and red light now is my schedule.


Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Dream came true

stats of the week: run 25 km, gym 3 h
stats of the week before: cycled 377 km, hiked 10 h
stats of the previous week: run 12 km, cycled 111 km, hiked 8 h

I feel peace and happiness now after I was able to finish the Oetztaler Radmarathon. However, it was a constant fight with the sweep-up car.

At the top of the 3rd pass, Jaufen, I was on course but 5 minutes slower than 2 years ago. Approaching the feeding station I was told to rush on or quit the race. One quarter up the final pass, Timmelsjoch, I was overtaken by the fine gara car and caught by the public traffic. It was horrifying. But the anger let me find new power. I overtook all of them and carried on. I still didn't think of finishing the race but hoped to get further than last time.

Only after 190 km for the first time I got the impression that a finish might be possible,  even with some walking in between. I took my time and left the fine gara 40 minutes behind me! The dream came true. After 12 hours 50 minutes 27 seconds.

First pass is the steepest. Kühtai.

Final stage of Timmelsjoch.



top of Timmelsjoch

I have a dream
the finish


Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Hope dwindling

stats of the week: run 9 km, cycled 394 km, hiked 4 h
stats of the week before: run 28 km, cycled 145 km, hiked 5 h, gym 2 h

Did the Oetztaler Bike Marathon within 3 days and still can't imagine to complete it in just one day. It is no problem to ride up the infamous Timmelsjoch in its own, but to get up there after you have already done 3 passes and sit on your bike for 7 hours, it's a challenge too big for me. I don't think I will be able to do it. My target is to get as far as 2 years before when I climbed the final pass for 12 km (of 29 km) where I called it a day.

Even in 3 days my total time of cycling was 13 hours and 6 minutes. The time limit of the one day race is 13 hours 50 minutes.

Half way up the Jaufen pass

Nearly at the top of Jaufen

The final stage of Timmelsjoch

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Alpine training

stats of the week: run 9 km, cycled 342 km, gym 2 h

A weekend full of riding summed up to a proper volume of cycled distance. I hope to complete my bike training by some alpine passes during the summer holiday. But being in the Alps also needs some time to do some ferrata climbing and hill walking.

One of the four options to climb Germany's highest mountain - the Zugspitze - is the easy ferrata via the Wiener Neustädter Hut. It's the shortest way but still involves an ascent of 1,700 m of altitude difference. Luckily one can take the cable car to get down again - so we did.



Sunday, 23 July 2017

Improving confidence

stats of the week: run 20 km, cycled 191 km, gym 3 h
stats of the week before: run 18 km, cycled 283 km

Feeling better now with my amount of cycling and confidence is increasing. Only 5 weeks to go to the Big Day. I still need more long rides to prepare properly for Oetztaler.

Plans are to do the official route in a tour of 3 days at mid August to know the difficulties coming up.

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Alpine cycling with increasing fun

stats of the week: run 12 km, cycled 276 km
stats of the week before: run 9 km, cycled 291 km

Two alpine weekends with great cycling events.

Modestly I opted for the shorter distance of 106 km and 3,000 altitude meters at the Maratona dles Dolomites. I was a good decision as I didn't feel able to finish the marathon distance which includes Passo Giau, the most challenging ascent. My performance was not really bad, but also not definitely good.

I finished 12 minutes later than last year. At least my ranking was okay just behind half of the field. Due to the cold temperature I had to change 13 times what obviously makes up for the time difference to last year.


At the Bikemarathon Tannheimer Tal I also chose the shorter distance of 130 km and only 900 altitude meters. I had a great day and managed an average speed of 30 km/h which placed me within the first half of the pack for the first time. This event is a fairly small one with only 600 riders on the shorter route.