Racing around with my new racing bike is my favorite sport now. I did already more than 200 kilometers in the last 3 weeks.
Yesterday we went first to Schwyz and from there went up more than 800 meters in altitude to Ibergeregg. It was quite hard and very hot and about 56 kilometers in total-
I did not eat anything because I thought that we are soon at home from the top. But the remaing 30 minutes were very hard. I had that kind of “hunger attack” you get while biking, when you get hungry and do not eat immediatly. When we were at home finally, I went to the fridge and ate what ever I found.
I never had a racing bike, but this year I bought on. Not a new one. You never know, if you are really interested in a sport. That is my motto and I try not to invest too much money at the beginning.
Now I did my first 100 kilometers and I must say, that I already like my new bike. Its wonderful to speed down streets with about 60 kilometers per hour. And it is also much fun to go up the hills, exhausting, but a lot of fun.
My neightbour and me, we both have a new racing bike, and here in the mountains, its seems as if we have the wrong gears. It is very hard to go up the hills though we bought a bike with smaller gears. My neightbour thinks, we should just try going on until we are strong enough. But we could also change the front wheels to have three instead of two.
Besides, I bought so far all my bikes in a small bike shop in Willerzell.
Grand Prix de Bern
This year, we did it for the third time. The “Grand prix de Bern” is one of the most fascinating running races I know because there are such a lot of people starting. This year, there was a new record in participating runners. More than 22 thousand in the 10 miles category.
I had a good race. I am not sure if I were faster than last year. But one thing is sure. The personal impression of the race is that it is over faster from year to year. This might be because with the time you know the race already. Of course in the first year, all was new and you one had the impression, that the 16 kilometers took a quite long time. Not so this year. All was over after a couple of minute, was my feeling. But I had a similar time than last year. Funny.
After the race we always stay for a couple of hours in Bern. It is such a nice city. We first went to the “Bundeshaus” and had a beer in front of it in one of the many restaurents there. After this we went to a already known restaurent, where we had nice food, after the exhausting race. I like it.
This year I started training already in April. I made no pause between cross country sking and biking and running. Two week after scross country sking was not possible any more because snow has been melted away, I did my first short run, already 12 kilometers. I lost almost nothing of my strength, running 12 kilometers was just fun. I did one of my preferable routes around the lake.
And I also started already running from the office home, which is about 22 kilometers. Same with the bike. It is just April and I am already able to go over 20 kilometers without a problem. This year I should be faster in the running races. We will see, first race is “Grand Prix de Bern” in May.
It was already becoming dark when I took this foto. I looks cold, as it was in fact. I am coming down from the hills to the lake from where it is just one kilometer to my home.
This year I participated the first time the marathon in Engadin. The race starts at the highest point in the valley and goes continuously down. The difference in altitude is about 200 meters.
We had to stand up at 2:30 in the morning, went with the car to Landquart, from there by train to St. Moritz and further to Maloya by bus. At approximatly 6:30 we arrived.
It was very very cold, below 15 degree I think. We put our skiers to the start point and waited in a small church where it was warm.
The race was exciting. We started in front of 5000 other people and within a few minutes thousands were before me.
But later, I were able to overtake more and more. 42 kilometers is quite a long distance and you have enough time to gain places. In the middle the route goes through a wood where the trace becomes very narrow so that very often you had to wait to come forward.
I finished below 3 hours which means that I am allowed to start two blocks earlier next year. The race is such a fun. There are more than 10.000 starters. From now on, I will try to participate every year. It´s just fun. The whole day was an adventure. We were back at home at 5 pm.
The man in the blue jacket in the middle of the foto is me.
This year I was also able to finish all races which belong to the “Best of three” championship in Einsiedeln.
There is the ski marathon, the “Sihlsee” running race and the “Iron bike” race. Only a few people participate at all three races. I did it also two years ago.
The ski marathon yesterday was very could. I did only the half marathon. The full distance would be to hard for me. But was a lot of fun!
The ski marathon trace in Einsiedeln is quite exhausting. It goes up and down the whole time, there is no time where it goes down for a longer time. Last year I expected to be able to do the whole distance, but this year I knew that this would not have been possible.
It was very cold and very strong. The snow was much better than last year. Last year I started the first time for this race. But I could not remember how hard it really is. I thought and told my friends, that it is quite easy, not so much up and down. But in reality it is the contrary. I goes down and on the other side quite steep up. There is one spot where it goes up so fast, that you can not scate but you have to walk like a frog. I did not remember all this. Maybe the route was slightly different last year.
I were behind a frind the whole race, always at a distance of between 10 and 100 meters. But I were not able to fetch him until 100 meters before the finish when his foreman and he himself took the wrong side of a branch. I just wanted to follow them when the bystanders called. So I were able to correct my course early enought, but my friend already was gone a couple of meters, so he had to stop and turn and he then finish a few secounds after me.
This year winter is not coming. It is end of November and still very warm. Yesterday I climbed the “Kleiner Mythen” and made a photo back to Einsiedeln. In the background you can see Einsiedeln and part of lake “Shilsee”.
This mountain is much more dangerous than its taller brother “Grosser Mythen”. You have to pass several spots where it’s possible to fall down. Normally I don’t fear the route, but this year I really were happy when I stood on top of the mountain, maybe because I am out of training.
But yesterday I did a new personal record: exactly 60 minutes from the parking place to the top. For going down I have exactly 40 minutes. Last year I have 5 minutes more!
The mountain on the picture is “Haggenspitz”, the third in this group. Only a few people are climbing this mountain. There is no official route and it is almost invisible. I were there a couple of years ago, also end of November. I think it must have been at least 4 years ago, when it was also very warm in November.