Schwedentritt is the name of the cross country skiing slope I use normally for training. It is just 200 meters away from our flat. I just have to cross a street and there I am. The trace has 4 different distances: 3, 12, 16 and 21 kilometers. Normally I do the longest distance, but at the beginning, in November or December, I start with 12 kilometers.
The trace is not too easy, goes up and down which makes it hard to do. The trace in Studen, 6 kilometers away is much easier.
This year I did the first time 2 rounds, 42 kilometers. I had less than 3 hours, which is good for me but nothing compared to the real good runners. Theay do it in almost half the time. But technik is everything and I were able to improve my technik for another time this year. I am not getting dired any more. Can run and run and run …
Iron Bike Race 2010
It was raining the whole Saturday and had only 6 degrees above zero, means that on the mountains there was already snow. The largest distance which goes up to 1700 meters was cancelled therefore. I bought overshoes and a cap wearable beneath the helm to be ready for the cold weather.
On Sunday, the day of the race, it was not raining any more, at least not so heavily and the start of my group was 8:50 am. There were about 500 participants in my group. I started as one of the latest because I came very late to the start which is just 500 meters from my home away.
The weather was no problem, you do not feel the cold if you have good clothes which hold out the water. I needed 6 hours and 3 minutes for the 77 kilometers distance. And I felt very good, when I arrived the finish. Was not tired, had the feeling that I still could go for an hour.
This race was one of the most exciting races I ever had. Parts of the race were a mud-wrestling, especially the down-hill distances. I crashed two times and everybody was brown from foot to head including the bikes. After the first very muddy down-hill, there was a stop to clean the bike which was good, because it was filled with dirt over and over.
After I had reached the most highest altitude of the race, I had to readjust my breaks and was so much out of power that I allmost fell. And there was also a time when I allmost capitulated, but it was all because I ate to less. The last 10 kilometers I regained strengh and the rest was just fun. No pain in the legs, nothing, I felt like a machine and were able to make a sprint to the finish line.
This is one of my home races becaus start and end are just 500 meters away from my home. I don’t like this home race very much because there are not such a lot of starters and a lot of people who are just looking and participating.
I want to be faster every year, and this year I trained more, so normally I should have been faster, but I managed only to finish half a minute faster than last year. Does not matter. It is just for fun. Was very hot, the last kilometer, there was not fresh wind and I really thought, that I can not finished because of the heat.
The funny thing with this race is that there is also a category for kids and my older girls started in this category. I really smiled seeing here with a totally read face coming back to the finish after 1.4 kilometers of exhausting running. But she was very proud of herself and me too. Very well done! I did not expect it!
This is beach of Sihlsee. It is just 10 minutes by bike from my flat. Unbeliefable but I am living in a village where other people are having their holidays.
In summer I often go to the beach with the kids. There is a small street alongside the lake only for walkers normally, but with the kids you can do it with the bike. Noboday will claim about that.
Very often I also go back to the lake with the bike late in the afternoon, when I arrive from office, just for swimming a couple of meters in the fresh water.
This year the weather was so cold the whole summer, that I was only 3 times in water. We were at the beach several times in July, but later in August, the weather was not good enough. And summer is over in Einsiedeln end of August. Then the water gets too cold, below 20 degrees which is too cold then.
Every year I am on top of Mythen, at least once. Normally I do it as fast as possible without having anything to eat with me, only a bottle of water. I can go up from bottom, parking place to top in less than an hour.
My personal record is 55 minutes. And I am becoming faster year by year. My record was this 55 minutes up and 25 minutes down. But down is little bit dangerous. You can hurt yourselfes very ugly on the feet. Better being careful.
The fascinating on this mountain is that I am there with car in 15 minutes, so in less than 3 hours I can start at home, climb it and be back home. I really do it most the time after coming home from office. In summer, when it gets dark not before 10 pm, it is easily doable and not so hot any more.
First time I climbed a mountain this year. Very beautiful weather and very warm today. I decided to climb a mountain. My preferred mountain is Kleiner Mythen. It is just 20 minutes away by car.
This was the last mountain I climbed last year, in November, and it is the first mountain, I climbed this year.
But today, I did it a little bit slower than last time. I was quite exhausted, because yesterday we had done a very strong tour with the racing bike. And in addition, Kleiner Mythen is the last 10 minutes very dangerous. Here is a foto from the top of Kleiner Mythen back to its brother Grosser Mythen.
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.
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.