Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Good Bye Boston

stats of the week: run 54km, gym 2h

Disappointment of the week: I missed the Boston Marathon qualification by 20 seconds. Early bad motivation for 2016.

But I am happy to be back to a decent mileage. However, I didn't get the feeling to be able to run fast. Finished the local 10K race after 47 min without groaning but far away from former speed.

PS. Still don't like to see my bike.

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Back to the roads

stats of the week: run 31km, cycled 159km, indoor cycling 1h, gym 3h
stats of the week before: run 11km, gym 3h

10 days did it take my strains and muscles to recover from the painful half marathon. Probably my body needed some time to rest. Now I'm happy to be back on the roads and hope to build up the weekly mileage close to 50km. I don't yet know if I will get a place in the NYC marathon but just in case I want to be ready for the day.

Tomorrow I will try to get into Boston marathon 2016. I beat the qualification time by just 2 minutes. Maybe too slow because they take the faster qualifiers first until all places are gone.

Last Sunday I was happy to accompany C to her first sub 30min 5K race. Good fun!

Monday, 7 September 2015

Sports disappointment and mountain success

stats of the week: run 21km, hillwalking 5 days
stats of the week before: cycled 236km
Oetztaler Cycling Marathon: DNF

Even after a week to think about I am still highly disappointed about my first competition within 30 years that I wasn't able to finish.

After 3 mountain passes and 186km covered I had to admit that it was a too high challenge for me. Almost half way up the Timmelsjoch there was no power left and I found it most important not to risk my health. Only later I noticed that it was still my 4th longest bike ride ever. Obviously my cycling history didn't qualify me to stand such a challenge. However, I failed to call myself a proper cyclist.

Two days before we had a glorious day on the Zugspitze, Germany's highest mountain at 2962m, and polished Uwe's memorial plate like we do yearly.

The following week was filled by high level Alpine walking. Highlight was the ascent of Similaun (3,599m).

After all I could have foreseen that my running performance could not be at its very peak. But I refused to abstain from starting at the local halfmarathon. And I got my punishment. Legs hurt a lot and the final lap of 6km was pure pain. Tendons and muscles still moan the next day. Time: 1:44:49. I lost 3 minutes within 6km.

Look how short my stride is at the end.