Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Planless

stats of the week: run 26 km, cycled 62 km, gym 3 h

I know I should be happy about my ability to run at the age of 65, alas I am not really happy with my performance. I think I have to get out the training book of Joe Friel again: Fast and fit at 50+.
It's somewhat crazy that I create training schedules for friends but do not train by a plan myself.

There are things that should be changed. My first try is to drink less alcohol. Red wine is reduced to weekends now.

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Travel time

stats of the week: run 51 km
stats of the week before: run 50 km, hiked 20 h
stats of the week before: run 21 km, cycled 90 km


The Achensee Run was not bad, but also not convincingly good. For the 23 km with some tricky trail parts I clocked 2:16 h, what was exactly 15 min slower than 15 years ago. My ranking was a disappointing 6th place in my age group. I don't know how other guys manage to be that fast.

Well, a week of hiking in the Dolomites might not have been the best preparation possible. But I enjoyed the mountains. This area around the "3 Zinnen" is absolutely breathtaking.

Pragser Wildsee

Surrounding Seekofel

3 Zinnen

Finally I enjoyed the Medoc Marathon at Pauillac in France, a festival for all friends of red wine. Imagine, there are 22 stops en route to taste the products of the famous Bordeaux chateaux.


Nearly all 8,000 participants are costumed. Not alone 22 tasting stops, at the finish you receive another bottle of red wine. After 5:18:55 h we were placed at the front of the pack because most runners use the time limit of 6:30 to make the most of their day.

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Podium but 18 min slower

stats of the week: run 47 km, gym 3 h

My next goal is the Achensee Run where I want to run as fast as I can. The week before the race is another hill walking week without any running. So I decided to take part in a local hilly 20K race to prepare and see my current performance level.

With an average of 5:36 min/K I was happy with my race until I noticed that 15 years ago when I did this race last time I was 18 minutes faster! 15 years, 18 minutes. Well, I think the next 15 years will make more than 18 minutes...


There were only 4 runners of my age group. 3 of them could enter the podium.

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Hot hiking

stats of the week: run 14 km, cycled 63 km, hiked 20 hours
stats of the previous week: cycled 173 km, hiked 20 hours

Due to the heat there was little exercise but almost daily high level hiking. Above 1,500 meters a.s.l. temperature was fine so we preferred to take the cable cars to reach upper levels and enjoyed the summer. We'll see how this helped my future running performance.

A brief gallery, chosen of lots of photos:

Schwemmalm, Ultental

Meraner Höhenweg 

Pircher Hut, Meraner Höhenweg 

Via ferrata Heini Holzer, Meran


On top of Großer Ifinger, 2,581m, Meran

Saturday, 4 August 2018

Success and pride

stats of the week:  run 42 km /2,800 am, cycled 125 km, hiked 12 h

I successfully finished the Suedtirol Sky Marathon at Bozen within 7 h 30 min. Very happy about my performance. The time would have placed me second - last year! This year I ended up 5th and the winner of my age group was 1.5 hours faster than me! However, I am still proud of myself. The first 20 km included a climb of 2,000 meters, that took me nearly 4 hours. So this was one of only two marathons where my second half was faster than the first half.




Sunday, 22 July 2018

Award ceremony

stats of the week: run 32 km, cycled 62 km, hill walking 17 h / 3,600 am
stats of the previous week: run 36 km, cycled 45 km, gym 2 h

I took part at the Ultner Hoefelauf today, a hilly alpine valley run in South Tyrolia. The route turned out to be much tougher than I expected from studying the profile on the map. It summed up 500 altitude meters within the 17.9 km of distance. So that meant a good part of walking on the steep terrain for me. Anyway, I was happy to finish 2nd of the 5 runners in my age group and got a present at the award ceremony.


Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Happily running again

stats of the week: run 48 km, cycled 36 km

Back to running and some hill work. Right at my door step there is an altitude difference of around 50 meters. So I try to run up and down several times to get prepared for the alps. In former years I used to run up to ten ascents. I have reached just 4 now and there are only 3 weeks to the race. I am still confident to get fit enough for Bozen. I still feel to be a runner, not a cyclist.

Some Maratona photos:





(like every year I pushed up my bike along the cat's wall, still in protest about the introduction of this artificial obstacle)