Lia and Zoe
There is a lot of snow in November this year. First snow came two weeks ago but then it became warm again. Now winter is back in Einsiedeln. The children have a lot of fun. They are sloping down the small snow hills around the houses.
Einsiedeln is very beautiful in winter. From our flat the nearest scating slope is just 100 meters away. And on the other side of a big field there is just 1 kilometer away a skiing ascalator to where you can easily walk.
The skating ground has already opened. So we went to it to make our first rounds this year. Lot of childs were there and our eldest is just going to learn it.
Two years ago it was so cold in Dezember that the lake was frozen. There was 40 cm heavy ice on the lake. For a few weeks they made a big skating ground on the lake. It was very funny to skate there.
It is said that if there are minus 300 degree over a certain period that lake Zürich gets frozen. There must be for example 20 days with minus 15 or 30 days with minus 10 degree. This only happens 2 times in hundred years. But two years ago it nearly happend.
It was my first time in New York and on the east coast of America. I really love America since I have been in California 15 years ago. But east coast and west coast are slightly different. And New York of course is very special by itself.
What me surprised the most was the marvelous food and beer you can have there. We had to go to a subsidiary of our company in Milford in Connecticut. Connecticut is a very beautiful country. Milford is located on the coast and about 2 car hours north from New York.
I had never in my life such a good pizza as in Milford and I had never in my life such a big quantity of different beer you could order. I can remeber a beer called “Blue moon”, one called “Red hat”. You could have dark beer like in Ireland, wheet beer tasting like bavarian beer and normal beer. One of these I tried had an apple flavor. Very nice …
This year winter came very very early. We got half a meter snow 2 days ago. It will be away within a few days, I am sure.
But today they made the nordic skiing trace which is just 50 meters near our flat. So I made my first kilometers on snow this year.
Here is a foto from the Sihlsee (Sihl lake) which is not more than a kilometer away. The skiing trace runs beside the lake up the hill on the other side. There are 4 distances: 3, 12, 16 and 22 kilometers. Nordic skiing is my favorite sport in winter.
This was my first marathon. We had the idea this spring, when we finished another race in Bern. We decided to train the whole summer and increase distance 10 kilometers per month.
It was not as hard as expected. The problem for us was, that the wider you go the longer you go and beginning with 30 kilometers, you need quite long for the trainging (in our case about 3 hours). And then there comes a time, when you dont want to run any longer.
But yesterday we did the marathon in Luzern. It was a beautiful race, lot of people and music, nice wether, not to cold and not to hot. I were able to go quite fast until kilometer 28. But there I ran into the “wall” as it is called.
My paces became smaller and smaller. I had to stop from time to time to make some streching. But at least I were able to finish my first marathon.
Though there were thousends of participants faster than I, am proud about my performance and I will try to make marathon also the next year. But I should train a litte more …
This years race was much more fun for me than last years. I was not so good prepared than last year, but did not want to make the same mistake once more. This all together made the race a real fun.
I had 30 minutes longer than last year which for me is not worth mentioning. Last year I started to fast. I wanted to go with the masses which was a bad mistake. After a few kilometers my power was all gone. After little more than half of the race I were almost not able to keep on the bike and the rest of the race was a horrible painful torture.
This year I had no time for training because I was always jogging. At least I were able to make up to 100 kilometers of training. Normally much to less to qualify for starting but I did a lot of running and made some small test tours with the bike. At a whole I felt prepared but wanted to go my own speed and make enougth breaks.
Thats what I did and it became a wonderful race with very nice, cold but sunny weather. I made lot of breaks either for eating or for changing clothes and had enougth reserves to give full power until the end. Nice race! I will try the same next year! And my conclusions: you must not give 100% at the race day. If you are well prepared you will be fast, you must not power out yourself and make a bloody race!
This years race was on the old route, about 15 kilometers. This year, we were better than last year. I were able to go 20 seconds per minute faster than last year. Last year I had big problems where the route goes up for a few hundret meters, but this year there were no such problems.
The race was a fun allover. In my opinion you just must not go to fast. You must be able to have a smile on your face when you go throught the finish line. Its just a race. Running keeps you healthy and such races give you a simple but effective target for your training sessions.
This year my older little taughter of about 4 and a half year also startet in the category VAKI (father and child). The childs have to go for one kilometer together with an adult. She gave me her hand all the way and I had to pull her most part of the way. But she had a lot of fun and afterwards wanted to accompany me on the long distance.
I saw this book on a visit in New York, read some pages and shortly decided to buy and read it back at home. Was a good descision because I realy enjoyed reading this book.
Have you ever seen the film “Jerry Maguire – play of the live” with Tom Cruise. The book reminds me of this film and there is a link because the author of the book is also mentioned in the film.
The author Mark H. McCormack owns a company which manages sports people and he describes his insightes into business he has gained over the years.