Little Zoe

Little Zoe

In winter there was a lot of snow. Then in March, suddenly it became warm and within a few weeks all the snow was gone and it went green and warm.

Now it is spring in Einsiedeln. The vegetation is weeks behind that in Zürich but everything is green and the flowers are showing their most beautiful colors.

I made a walking tour through the wood behind Einsiedeln. There is a small path which you can walk with children. The kids have a lot of fun, searching for flowers and trying to catch butterflies.

From the hill one can see the lake. Here I made a photo of my smaller girl in the middle a big field full of yellow and white flowers.

When I was a boy, I can remember that I myself was walking through flowers in the field. I was so small that I just could smell on the flowers because they grew up to my nose. Years later, when I was older, I was woundering why the flowers were so small. I remembered them going up to my nose.

Much later, when I was grown up I knew that the flowers have the same height nowadays. What makes the difference is that I am taller now!

Christmas in Einsiedeln

Christmas in Einsiedeln

It is christmas time in Einsiedeln. This year we have snow what was not so sure in the last years. In Einsiedeln there is every year a christmas market beginning in December.

There you can drink warm “Glühwein” or “Punch” and eat christmas specials. It is very romantic and a lot of people from everywhere are coming to Einsiedeln.

There is also a big christmas tree in front of the monastry. I took a photo from my little girls who have a lot of fun with the snow.

There is an old story about the foundation of Einsiedeln. A single priest was living here. His name was Meinrad which is still the holy name of Einsiedeln and he had two raves as house animals. The two raves are now the symbol of Einsiedeln.

Lia and Zoe

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.

Skating

Skating

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.

Sihlsee

Sihlsee

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.

Iron-Bike

Iron-Bike

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!

Sihlseelauf 2008

Sihlseelauf 2008

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.

Skimarathon 2008

Skimarathon 2008

This was the most exciting sportive fight I had this year. And this was also the finish of the “best of three” competition.

“Best of three” was hold the first time this year and consists of three races: jogging, biking and skating. I made all three races and lets say it in this words: I was not the last one. There were always others behind me. But participating and finishing is the target of the game. And I am a finisher in all three (only 9 persons attended all races).

From now on, from this very year on, my personal target is to finish all three races every year. I hope my physical strengh will allow this as long as possible!