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.

Tuesday, 16 March 2021

Forced to take part

stats of the week: run 12 km, zwift cycled 146 km, hiked 36 km, tm walked 10 km

I missed the final date when the cancellation of the Syltlauf was possible. So I received the parcel containing my bib and also the medal. The result is that I have to do it next Sunday. 33 km! 

Photo: This year's bib and medal are the ones from the cancelled run last year.

Luckily the usual time limit of 4 hours is not valid for the virtual version. We are allowed to walk all the distance. I planned a flat route along the river Ruhr and completed a test walk of 20 km that was fine. Target for next Sunday is to finish within 5:30 h.

Tuesday, 9 March 2021

Virtual LM sold out

stats of the week: run 10 km, zwift cycled 109 km, hiked 25 km
stats of the previous week: run 17 km, zwift cycled 145 km, hiked 14 km

The virtual London Marathon 2021 is actually sold out now. 50,000 bibs are gone, was surprises me as I am not an excited fan of virtual races. Boston follows and offers even 70,000 virtual places!

Regarding Boris Johnson's announcement about Covid openings in summer the real London Marathon has a good chance to take place in October. Maybe only vaccinated starters will be accepted. By then this should not be a problem.

At the moment I can't imagine myself running a marathon. Restricted by several orthopedic problems my jogs don't extend 7 km. Even a half marathon is unthinkable. Luckily walking is allowed at the virtual Syltlauf. The distance in two weeks is 33 km.

Tuesday, 23 February 2021

Could have been worse

stats of the week: run 5 km, zwift cycled 83 km, hiked 20 km
stats of the previous week: run 4 km, hiked 10 km

Entry to the virtual London Marathon 2021 is now open. It seems to be less popular than expected. The organisers do a lot of advertising. Regarding Boris Johnson's reopening plans one can hope that the usual London Marathon can take place on Oct 3rd. I cautiously begin to believe in this. Everybody will be vaccinated by then, maybe overseas runners will need a test but that will be okay. Fingers crossed.

For me there is a new problem to get back to proper training. While hiking in the local woods I fell on the ice and damaged my left shoulder. Nothing broken but one tendon is cracked completely and two others partly. A very painful experience that will take up to 3 or 4 months till I will have fully recovered. No chance to ride my bike outside now but luckily it is no problem indoors. And cautious jogging is possible, too. Could have been worse.