Friday, 31 October 2014

Irish Path to New York City

stats of the week: run 34km, gym 2h

I looked up my last year's preparation for the NYC Marathon and designed it the same way once again. Walking the Irish Coast and watching Dublin Marathon.

This is Dingle peninsula and its so called three sisters.

Russian Dimitry Safronow lead by 2 minutes at half way of the Dublin Marathon but finally he was down to 3rd rank and lost by 25 seconds to winner Eliud Too of Kenya.

Monday, 20 October 2014

3K too long

stats of the week: run 48km, cycled 35km, gym 3h

As expected I could not defend my last year's 3rd place at the 29K Teutolauf which is quite a tough hilly trail race. Finishing after 2:33:34 meant I was just one minute slower than last year. That's the regular aging downfall. However, I felt strong during nearly all the distance, it was just 3K too long for me because at the final stage I had no power left and merely staggered towards the finish line. I reckon if there had been a doctor watching me he'd have stopped me and taken out of the race. Anyway I missed the third place by just 9 seconds what was a surprise. The guy probably overtook me within the final mile. I didn't notice but that didn't matter as I wasn't able to resist.

The only thing scaring me is that next race is even 13K longer!

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Intensive week, limited year

stats of the week: run 70km, gym 4h

70K means my most comprehensive week of running this year. This was intended to get ready for the oncoming two races. First is the 29K hillrun "Teutolauf" where I finished 3rd of my age group last year. A surprising result that I reckon is unrepeatable. It is now my second year in M60, and I estimate every year counts for 2 minutes at a distance of 29K.

However this year's mileage is somewhat limited and it's forseeable by now that I'll not reach the target of 2000K in 2014.

Second next event is my 8th New York City Marathon. But let's take it one by one.

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Decent bike year at end of season

stats of the week: run 25km, cycled 413km

End of season saw us cycling relaxed on sunny and warm Majorca for just 3 days.

However, half of the week's mileage was done at home on a weekend tour with one sunny day out and one very wet day return. All this mileage made 2014 my 3rd best bike year ever, adding up to 4,299km by now.