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.

Thursday, 11 February 2021

Groundhog days

stats of the week: none
stats of the previous week: run 28 km, zwift cycled 48 km, hiked 6 km, tm walked 14 km 

The good news is that the MRI showed that my hip joint is fine, no arthrosis found. However the pain forced me to stop any kind of activity. 

The suprising detection is that I don't really miss the daily activity. I nearly feel like I had never done any sports. I am eating the same amount of food as before and wait for taking on weight. Well, Covid life isn't really exciting but I seem to get accustomed to the endless row of groundhog days. I know that I am in a privileged situation. While others have to fight for their livelihood my only trouble is that there is no chance to spend my monthly pension.

Tuesday, 26 January 2021

New finding

stats of the week: run 16 km, zwift cycled 206 km, tm walked 10 km

What I regarded as a minor tendon problem seems to be more serious. The x-ray shows a hip deformation (called cam impingement) that is not really suitable for intensive cycling. This finding may explain the pain I have developed after I increased indoor cycling over the recent weeks. Cycling indoor is much more intensive than outside because the hip is rotating all the time without a second of rest.

The conclusion has to be to stop cycling completely for a while until the pain decreases. I hope I will be able to jog frequently at a limited pace. I am lucky that this year's London Marathon has been postponed to autumn.

Monday, 18 January 2021

Post from South Africa

stats of the week: run 0 km, Zwift cycled 238 km, tm walked 17 km, hiked 10 km
stats of the previous week: run 12 km, Zwift cycled 76 km, tm walked 10 km

Received my Comrades medal with a delay of half a year what I don't mind. I am just happy to have got it, a quite impressive one earned by running just 10 km. It came with a very nice shirt, too. If the next Comrades will be run virtually again, probably it will, no doubt I will take part again.

I developed a new passion for riding my bike at home. Other people may have a home office, I - as a retired person - have a home gym. I still would prefer to run more often but the mysterious tendon problem is still restricting me.

Sunday, 10 January 2021

Streak aborted

stats of the week: run 20 km, Zwift cycled 153 km, tm walked 14 km

Finished the virtual Honolulu Start to Park 10K in 53:11 min what is quite sufficient regarding my limited mileage during the recent 3 months. However, I could not be really happy with it coz I developed a tendon problem that forces me to stop the streak after 56 continuous days of sports activity. Not the best start into covid year 2.

Tuesday, 29 December 2020

Even more addicted for 2021

stats of the week: run 17 km, zwifted 233 km, tm walked 12 km

Looking back to this damned year I have to realise that it was my worst running year since 1995, for 25 years! The corona year saw me running just 1232 km. During summer the motivation was low and in autumn the meniscus knee stopped me right until now.

I can take a bit of comfort in looking at my cycling year. 5,500 km respresent my 4th best bike year of all times. Mounting Mont Ventoux twice, from Sault and from Malaucene, was the highlight of the year. 

A number of events I had entered for 2020 have been delayed to 2021. Syltlauf, Berlin Half Marathon, Gran Fondo Mt Ventoux, Santini GF Mt Ventoux, Karwendelmarsch. The GF Mt Ventoux has already been cancelled also for 2021, Berlin has been shifted to August. I wonder if anything will take place. Only one plan is fixed for the new year. I hope to ascend Mt Ventoux six times, 2 each way. The book "Der kahle Berg", newly translated into German, lets me feel even more addicted. Fortunately we bought a small lodge at the foot of the adored hill what will enable us to spend more time cycling around and up.

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Wednesday, 23 December 2020

Surviving in artificial world

stats of the week: run 10 km, cycled 96 km, zwifted 155 km/4:40h, tm walked 12 km

The streak of daily exercising continues. Since 11th Nov I count 40 days of any kind of sports activity. I am happy with this history although I would love to run longer distances and I miss the trail runs. The knee is still improving and I hope the meniscus will recover without surgery.

I enjoy joining the Zwift Ride Groups meanwhile. It is a bit disappointing that I can only keep up with the slowest of four performance categories. To keep a power of around 140 Watt for one hour seems to be my current limit while I see others easily riding at an average of more than 200 W. However, I found a new sports world within I can survive during this long Covid winter.