Sunday, 22 July 2018

Award ceremony

stats of the week: run 32 km, cycled 62 km, hill walking 17 h / 3,600 am
stats of the previous week: run 36 km, cycled 45 km, gym 2 h

I took part at the Ultner Hoefelauf today, a hilly alpine valley run in South Tyrolia. The route turned out to be much tougher than I expected from studying the profile on the map. It summed up 500 altitude meters within the 17.9 km of distance. So that meant a good part of walking on the steep terrain for me. Anyway, I was happy to finish 2nd of the 5 runners in my age group and got a present at the award ceremony.

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Happily running again

stats of the week: run 48 km, cycled 36 km

Back to running and some hill work. Right at my door step there is an altitude difference of around 50 meters. So I try to run up and down several times to get prepared for the alps. In former years I used to run up to ten ascents. I have reached just 4 now and there are only 3 weeks to the race. I am still confident to get fit enough for Bozen. I still feel to be a runner, not a cyclist.

Some Maratona photos:

(like every year I pushed up my bike along the cat's wall, still in protest about the introduction of this artificial obstacle)

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

End of cycling season

stats of the week: run 17 km, cycled 321 km
stats of the week before: run 28 km, cycled 167 km, gym 2 h

Although I have ordered a new bike I regard my this year's cycling season as closed now. I finished the middle distance at the Maratona dles Dolomites 20 minutes slower than last year. Nevertheless I am satisfied with my result. I still felt some tiredness from a long hill run midweek. Along the wonderful route around the Dolomites mountains I tried to enjoy my day and thought about to retire from this race after 10 participations now. One should know when one's time is over. I can feel this time has come.

Running is more important than cycling to me this year. I look forward very much to my next challenge, the Bozen Sky Marathon in South Tyrolia. It includes 2,800 meters of altitude difference. There is still some work to do to get fit for this day.

Photos: Cycling in the Kaiserwinkl, Austria