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.

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Karwendel Heaven

stats of the week: run 68km, cycled 182km, gym 2h

This year's Karwendelmarsch saw around 650 runners and 1,200 walkers starting the 52km journey crossing the Karwendel mountains from East to West. It was sold out two months in advance. The reason was obvious. It is a glorious route in a wonderful landscape with a perfect organization, richly equipped food stations and friendly volunteers. 

Three main passes have to be crossed, always with high cliffs to your right and a more green scenery to the left (North). 

My own performance was surprisingly good. After 35K and two passes my legs felt still okay and I had a very happy day. There was an opitional finish provided at this point but no doubt I decided to go on.

The third pass turned out to be the hardest one and without shadow. My slowest 1K took 21 minutes! The downhill was fast and tiring. Now my energy was gone. There was a final flat stretch on tarmac of 8K where I had to walk several times.

 Still able to smile at the finish line after 7h 43min 8sec.

Monday, 22 August 2016

Hope again

stats of the week: run 6km, cycled 58km, gym 3h

The stubborn muscle seems to give up in time. It's not yet perfect but today I was able to jog for 15km without any serious problem. Still I hesitate to make the booking for next weekend. I think I will wait until Wednesday.

However, I finished more than 400 races so far but I have never been prepared so poorly before a really challenging event. My only hope is that routine will help. At least the time limit will not scare me. The Karwendelmarsch is also open to walkers what means there are provided 14 hours to complete 52km.

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Fall back

stats of the week: run 45km, cycled 116km, gym 3h

I tried to increase the intake but it was too much. 2 tough runs and a long hilly ride in between provoked a strain at the right adduktor. That makes a severe fall back on the way to my next event. What should become my season's highlight.

Now it has a big question mark. At least one week of rest is required then we'll see what is possible without a really long run in the box.