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.
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.
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.
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.
We had snow very early this year. We just came back from Cyprus where we had been for holidays. We had 30 degrees there and came back into winter. Was snowing and I drove back to Brunni with the girls to make a snowman. The first snowman this year.
Had a lot of fun with the kids. Is always impressive for them when we have the first snow. They like creating a snowman though I have to help them. Looks like a monster! :->
This year I started the third time for this bike race. Start and finish are just 500 meters from my home, so its a home race for me. A lot of neighbours attend this race too. It has three categories. I start for the smalest one. It goes over 55 kilometers and 2300 meters in altitude.
This year was my fastest race since I participat. I was 3 minutes faster than last year. This year I did a lot of training, especially the time when I went home with the bike from the office. This was enough training, so I had enough power to go as fast as possible from beginning to the end of the race.
It is much more fun if the race is not so exhausting. Additionally the weather was wounderful. Nice race this year and a lot of participants. I went to the start 15 minutes before starting time and had already to queue up very far behind the start line, but after 10 minutes I was in the middle of the crowd.