Sunday, 25 August 2013

The last and least thing to do

stats of the week: run 36km, cycled 198km, gym 4h

To fail is not an option.

It's not the time to think about anything. It's time to run. Up and down and far away. The only pity is that I have to use my own legs.

German speaking readers might like to follow the Transalpine Sterntaler Blog.
It all starts next Saturday.

Monday, 19 August 2013

Training peak too low

stats of the week: run 75km, cycled 35km, gym 1.5h

It was a tough week including a hilly 20k-race which I clocked 1:39:54. One and a half minute slower than 2 years ago what is the normal age-caused decline I reckon. My present fitness is the year's best so far but I doubt that I will be able to cope with 260km and 15,000m of altitude difference in 8 days.

That's the challenge at the Transalpine Run which I was persuaded to take part in. It starts next week on Saturday. I guess my chances to finish are less than 30 per cent. No chance to do more severe training - it's time to taper now.

Sunday, 11 August 2013

Blue London

stats of the week: run 57km, cycled 54km, gym 3h

London's colour 2013 is blue.

Lately erected on Trafalgar Square the bright blue big Cock is a sculpture by German artist Katharina Fritsch. The proud male bird makes an adequate addition to the historic statues around - Lord Nelson, George IV and a couple of British generals. "I like the British humour," Ms Fritsch is quoted.

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Inaugural London Cycle

stats of the week: run 36km, cycled 268km, gym 1.5h

The inaugural cycle race London Ride 100 turned out to be good fun. The weather was perfect, the Surrey landscape beautiful and the cyclists were relaxed. More than 15,000 finishers with an extraordinary female rate of 20% enjoyed cycling through the City of London, Richmond Park, Surrey country roads over Leith Hill and National Trust's Box Hill with a royal finish on the Mall.

There were very few overseas participants but this hopefully will change next year after this successful first time event.

My personal performance was fairly satisfying, clocking 5:48h for the 100 miles lap with 1,000m of altitude difference, with the only downer that I lost about 20min using the crowded food stations.

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