Here is my new MTB. Wow, wonderful bike. My old one was also very good to drive, but it was finally dead. This broken and that broken and since the iron bike race last autumn in Einsiedeln, it was completely damaged.
So, no choice! I had to buy a new one. Question was, which one: 29“ or 26“, fully or hard tail.
I tested really several bikes and at the end ended up with quite a similar than I already had: Fully 26“. The 29“ I did not really like and hard tail, your ass already hurts after 10 meters.
Sold at one of the local bike stores: Kälin Velos. Bike is designed even in Switzerland. Its a Bixs!
First time I was in Bennau for skiing. Its just 5 minutes with the car on the other side of Einsiedeln. I was surprised, how good you can ski there.
There are 2 escalators in parallel and a small beginners lift for kids. The slope is not too steep and not too flat so you can go down with quite a speed.
With my new skis it was much fun and I even tried to go down in the deep snow besides the prepared slope. But there was just too much snow. I think it was almost one meter. So much that you almost vanished in it.
Living in Einsiedeln is just great with all this possibilities you have in summer and winter.
Iron bike 2012
This year I was not sure if will be able to do the 77 kilometers. I had not done the tour before this year and did not a lot of kilometers on the bike. Just had the o-tour as kind of training race.
Saturday it was raining heavily almost the whole day. Luckily the race is always on Sunday and Sunday morning sun was shining in Einsiedeln. This means that all the roads upwards were dry but downhills mostly wet or very wet.
This year I enjoyed the race the most since I participate for several reasons: it was nice weather, downhills was wet and I had enough power this year.
And there was something else: this year I had to start in the very last group and there the field is not so crowded. So you do not have to fear constantly that somebody is coming from your back and over turning you downhills. Was much fun!
This year I was already on top of Mythen for the first time. I did the walk with my new sticks. The last time I have used sticks is years ago. Must have been in Austria, when I was young. I bought them for walking with my new snow shoes and can use them also in summer.
There were already a lot of people on top of Mythen, as always on Sundays. I walked with my sticks and arrived on top after 59 minutes. Thats good for the first time in the year.
Down I needed about 40 minutes but was much to fast. I should not walk so fast on this mountain. It is too dangerous for running. And every year 1 or 2 people have an accident and die on this mountain. Unbelievable but some of the people try to climb the mountain with summer shoes. Thats foolish.
In winter I am ofter there for skiing. It is a very nice area.
Where is the most beautiful hiking route near Einsiedeln? Its Furggelen!
It is a cottage on the mountain just behind Einsiedeln. You can walk up from different locations. You can start in Brunni, in Unteriberg, Oberiberg or even in Einsiedeln. I prefer the route from Brunni up to Holzegg to Furggelen and from there down to Brunni.
You can do the route in summer and in winter, with skis or with snow shoes. The great thing is the panorama. You see on all sides moutaines: low mountains, high moutains and even some glaciers.
Beginning from October to April SAC is in charge of the cottage. You can even stay there overnight if you want. Its just great!
There is one bike tour I try to do every summer. It is quite hard and I normally need 3 and half an hour. But it is a very nice tour. I really like it.
First you have to go back to Unteriberg and from there a tracking route up to Oberiberg where you arrive near the church and just can continue up to Roggenstock. There it is very steep and I need normally almost an hour until I reach Adlerhorst, which is the name of a restaurent allmost on top of this mountain.
The last part of this way you have to bear the bike and it is very exhausting. From there you continue to Spierstock where you again have to carry the bike. But here is the highest point of the tour and sometimes I make a rest in the restaurent there. The hardest part of the tour is done.
The way down is the really interesting thing. You go down from Spierstock, a quite bad way where you have to be careful. After about one hour, you reach to foot of Grosser Mythen, the mountain on the picture above. Down left where you only see clouds is Schwyz.
Back to Einsiedeln you have to go down on the right side another 20 kilometers and there you are back at home. This year, I had an accident with one of my wheels and was not able to drive down the whole way but had to go with the bike. My wife took me home from Brunni. Wonderful tour! I like it!
This winter, we had very few snow. December was ok. It was possible to ski and do cross country skiing from beginning of December. Christmas time was also tremendous with lot of snow and cold weather.
But then there were 2 or 3 periods of about a few days where it was very warm and snow was melting away. February and March was over weeks not enough snow to do cross country skiing in Einsiedeln.
Though conditions were not so good, I was able to do more than 400 kilometers cross country skiing. But mid of march, as one can see on the picture, snow was away. After Engadiner ski marathon, I was not in the mood any more to do skiing.
So I started biking and running again. And I were able to bring my physical condition very well over the winter. I already went from office to Einsiedeln by bike once and also did my first run from office to home this year. Worth to mention is also that I started with this heavy run without any training before.
Einsiedler Ski Marathon 2011
There was not enough snow this year, so the competition was held in a near village and the distance was reduced to 30 km instead to a normal marathon distance.
Was a great race with very good conditions, nice weather and icy slope. I was in much better physical condition than last year. I did the 42 kilometers on the normal route here in Einsiedeln for training in less than 3 hours. And this already a few weeks before the competition.
But the place I gained was not very good. It had not many participants, only good sports man. In such a race it is hard to gain a good pace. But what shalls! I do it just for fun. And was great fun!