Monday, 28 November 2016

Pacemaker's Cup

stats of the week: run 51km, gym 3h

Looks like a decent week, but it was still low key.

On Sunday it was my 37th appearance at Herten-Bertlich. The race had a big jubilee, it was the 100th edition. I was happy with my formerly poor time of 24:14 on the 5K distance and also happy about my 11th runner-up position.

It was great fun that C got the famous Bertlich winner's cup on her first finish there! If I ever win the ongoing joke will be over.

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Building up cautiously

stats of the week: run 22km, gym 3h

Slowly building up the load on the way back to normal. I reckon it will take around 4 or 6 weeks more to get closer to my former level. Keep fingers crossed that things are going well. I entered another familiar race: the Bay to Bay run from Clifton to Hout Bay and back that takes place on Jan 8. In 2014 I did the 15K, now I hope to complete the full distance of 30K.

Bay to Bay run

Monday, 14 November 2016

Signs of recovering

stats of the week: run 5 km, gym 3 h

Finally it seems that better days are approaching. It took 6 weeks to identify the Bolivian parasites that struck me down heavily. Now I got the proper medicin to get over it. Nothing serious the doc said. However, I wasn't able to walk up the staircase to our apartment without getting out of breath.

I still doubt that I even can reach the performance level I had until last year but I would modestly be happy to jog again. The first excitement about signs of recovering let me enter the Kilimanjaro Marathon that takes place end of February. 15 weeks to go.

Thursday, 13 October 2016


stats of the week: run 53km, cycled 70km, gym 3h

A week of far too much load for someone who still has not recovered from illness.

Following a slow half marathon on Sunday my body reacted by fever and shivering. No chance to run the eagerly anticipated Chianti marathon in Italy. Now the weekend will end up as a sort of seniors' holiday. Equally disappointing that I have to refrain from Pecorino, icecream and pasta tartufo.

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Cycling recovery

stats of the week: run 24km, cycled 169km

After only two days at home I was happy about the chance to recover on the sunshine island of Majorca from the tough Bolivian days. Weather was glorious and we were able to cycle some of the grand routes of the island. I dont know a better place to ride your race bike.

Now it's back to running as there are only 10 days to another (slow) marathon.

Friday, 30 September 2016

High level success

stats of the week: run 7km, hill walking 3 high peaks
stats of the week before: run 5km, high level walking approx 8h
stats of the 2nd week before: run 17km, cycled 168km, gym 2h

Two weeks offline - not completely but without computer - on my journey to Bolivia. A very strenous travel, hard core road trips, high level living, all the time more than 3,600 m above sea level, good beer, limited food. I lost another 3kg of weight to my optimum of 30 years.

Twice I managed a high level jog, a special experience. It is like starting at 30km of a marathon.

Final success was my 4th 6,000m peak: Acotango, Bolivia, 6,052m. Still hope, this can be topped sometimes.

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Local Highlight

stats of the week: run 29km, cycled 91km, gym 3h

Excited about my surprisingly good performance at the mountain marathon in the Karwendel I decided to run the local half marathon in my home town Bochum. This is one of my most beloved races as along the route I pass the place of my child hood no less than 7 times within the 4 laps.

As you might imagine I didn't want to show any weakness at a local race. So I set my target at 1:45 h knowing that this could be a too high line just one week after the hilly ultra marathon. So things developed. For 14km everything went fine. But then almost from one step to the other my energy was gone. The final lap of 6km was pure torture. I lost two minutes and finished after 1:46:27. But I am still happy that I was able to do two highlights within one week.

In good mood before the start.

Feeling capable after the first lap.

The finish look.

Able to smile again.