Sunday, 30 May 2021

Enjoying cycling the Provence

stats of the week: cycled 285 km
stats of the previous week: cycled 174 km, zwift cycled 41 km
stats of the week before: cycled 162 km, zwift cycled 146 km, tm walked 14 km

Still no running due to the calf problem. I tried to jog several times but after less than 1 km the muscle striked again. So I now decided not to run during the 4-week-holiday in France. As we entered the London 10K which is on now I have to walk it to get at least my shirt and medal that I payed for.

The area around Mont Ventoux is still the very best I know for cycling. Although I miss running much I can enjoy cycling here. There are lots of passes to choose from and the landscape is more than lovely. There is no better way to spend the final years of your life than to settle in the Provence and just enjoy day after day.

Monday, 10 May 2021

Cycling life on brakes

stats of the week: run 10 km, cycled 85 km, zwift cycled 217 km, tm walked 8 km
stats of the previous week: run 2 km, cycled 281 km, zwift cycled 51 km, tm walked 12 km

Still no running due to the persisting calf problem which maybe caused by a back problem my physiotherapist guessed now. I do daily back exercises now but without success so far. Will try diclofenac for a next attempt.

Luckily cycling keeps me alive. Life without running is a life on brakes for me - cycling still feels only like a deficient substitution. However, I have completed 3,000 km this year so far and look forward to the Gran Fondo Mont Ventoux taking place on June 13th.

Thursday, 29 April 2021

Almost normal life until 5pm

stats of the week: run 3 km, cycled 227 km, zwift cycled 31 km
stats of the previous week: run 3 km, cycled 180 km, zwift cycled 70 km

Having a week on Majorca proved to be a good decision although the weather could have been better. Apart from one rainy day we were able to cycle daily and it was good to meet long-missed relatives. 

My cycling performance didn't bolster me up, however we had fun to be on the beautiful island again and cycling the well known routes. Having Covid tests before both flights didn't make big circumstances and outside life on the island let feel nearly normal life until 5pm when bars and restaurants had to close and streets suddenly emptied.

Enjoying Cap Formentor on a rather cold day

Wednesday, 14 April 2021

Struggling against the process

stats of the week: run 9 km, zwift cycled 185 km, tm walked 7 km

Zwifting remains the main exercise, I am happy this is still possible while the calf problem persists. It is a sneaking process but I have to face the development in direction of a non-running person. I turned 68 this week, the oncoming year will show if  I am happy to stay against this process. Around 90% of my running mates at the same age have retired from our sport but there are still a few ideals. 

Equipping your Zwift avatar you can choose your hair!

Tuesday, 6 April 2021

First glimpse of summer

stats of the week: run 12 km, cycled 176 km, zwift cycled 51 km, hiked 15 km, tm walked 8 km

I am back to slow running with first attempts by very short distances on the treadmill. Summer turned in for a few days and made outside cycling possible in bright sunshine.

I won't hesitate to fly to Majorca to get more fine cycling but unfortunately C is still doubtful. Luckily I will get my first vaccination on Thursday. If figures stay good on the island I hope to convince her to go for a sunny week of cycling.

Monday, 29 March 2021

Hoping for Mt Ventoux

stats of the week: cycled 79 km, zwift cycled 149 km, hiked 15 km, tm walked 12 km

No running this week due to the calf problem that turns out to be tenacious. At least I moved suffiently to stay somewhat fit. And I am happy to cycle outside again what is still much more fun than the Zwift thing. 

The Gran Fondo Mont Ventoux planned for Mid June is sold out. Will it really take place? There is enough time left to put in hill training and become fit for the Provence giant. I am dying for travelling again.

Wednesday, 24 March 2021

Walking speed London approved

stats of the week: run 10 km, zwift cycled 116 km, hiked 33 km, tm walked 9 km

Walking the Syltlauf ended rather painful on the final stretch but even more painful after stretching down on the sofa. The time of 5:32 h for 33 km including rest stops was exactly what could be expected. This walking speed would let you complete a marathon in roughly 7 hours. Fast enough to meet the London Marathon time limit.

At least there was no additional muscle pain the next day. There is only this nasty little calf problem that refrains me from running since last Wednesday. However, the week's result doesn't look bad.

And there are still 10 weeks to get fit for the London 10K which will be virtual again.