Monday, 25 July 2016

Motivation Low

stats of the week: run 30km, cycled 170km

Not a week of training I can be content with. Alas, I am 63 and it was a very hot week. On the other hand these are the kind of times when sports is not the most important matter. IS, amok, Erdogan, Trump ... it takes a high level of motivation these days to go out and run.

However, as a settled pensioner I can work my time around the risks. I never intended to travel to Turkey ... but I have to admit as long as Mr Trump is President of the US I will never run another NYC marathon nor will I travel to US. I reckon he will not be bothered as he said he will have an eye on Germans trying to get into his country.

Monday, 18 July 2016

Cycling Challenges

stats of the week: run 35km, cycled 161km, gym 3h
stats of the week before: cycled 330km
stats of the previous week: run 17km, cycled 282km

It is now mid of my cycling season. After last year's bad experience I limited my Maratona dles Dolomites to the middle distance of 106km and 3,100 altitude meters. Good decision! It guaranteed to stay healthy and happy and let me finish in the middle of the pack what I feel is quite okay for a  casually cycling runner.

Next Sunday was a different story. The Radmarathon Tannheimer Tal was a challenge of 230km and 3,300 altitude meters. Until around 170km I felt fine but following a guy who was too fast for me I got highly exhausted on the next 40km and nearly had to quit the tour. I made it to the finish but tested my very limits once again.

Now my problem is to get along with a combination of increasing running and cycling. There are two challenging highlights in August. First is the Sauerland extreme, a cycling tour of hilly 250km, and second is the Karwendelmarsch, an Alpine hill run of 50km. Will I be able to combine this within 2 weeks?