Swiss Alpine

Swiss Alpine

This was also the first time I participated at this race. Its also great fun. I stood up at 4 am in the morning and went by car to Davos. You need 2 hours from Einsiedeln and I had not ticket yet, so I tried to be there early enough. Start was at 7  am in the morning.

All went ok, but when it was time to start I realized that I had forgotten my chip. I immediately went back to my car which was not so far away to put the chip on. But when I came back to the start, all participants were gone and I did not know, into which direction. I just missed them all.

First I tried one direction, but nobody there, then I went into the other direction and finally managed to get them by seeing them coming back from a turnaround. I had two options: go back and try to find the route or cheat a bit and enter the mass from where I was. I decided to do the second one. Nobody claimed and I was not there to win the race.

Big race, very beautiful route. Quite up and down and at the end I was totally exhausted and my legs burned. I had to stop and walk, try again to run, walk again but at the end I finished. Next year, I know it better and will do it correctly. Davos is very nice. Have never been there before.

Sempachersee Triathlon

Sempachersee Triathlon

Again first time. This year, I have a lot of “first times”. This weekend it was a triathlon I did on my own. A couple of weeks ago I did a 70.3 together with 2 colleges from our office. I took over the part with the bike. But now I did it alone. The shortest possible distance: 500 meters of swimming, 21 kilometers of biking and 5 kilometers of running. Was not really exhausting but my time was also not good.

Swimming is the hardest part. I was starting with my normal bathing short and got a couple of laughter for it. I was not bad but could not see anything in the lake. Once I stopped to have a look where I am and saw that I was drifted away form the others for quite a couple of meters.

Biking is my favorite. I am really good at that and were able to take over some of the athletes. But running was not as well. Some of the athletes were much faster than me. At the end I was running head on head with a woman and even talked to here just to say good by half a kilometer before the finish to here where she was catching up again and finishing some meters before me.

All in all my new favorite sport. I will by a triathlon suite so that I will not loose to much time in the changing area next time. And of course, olympic distance is my preferred target now: 1.5 km swimming, 40 km biking and 10 km running. Lets see if this is possible already this year. Of course I will be back next year at the Sempachersee triathlon.

Antwerpen

Antwerpen

I had to go to a customer on Monday, to Antwerpen. I already have been in Brussels a couple of years ago, in Winter. Belgium is very nice. I like the people and the cities.

I had to fly to Amsterdam because the cost are much lower and went by train from Schiphol to Antwerpen. It is a ride of exactly 1 hour with WIFI connection in the wagon. Very convenient.

The hotel was near the docks in an old area which was massively improved recently. I found a very nice restaurant just near the hotel where you could sit outside and had twice dinner there.

The beer in Belgium is also very good. Had a couple of them. At the end we also found the error in our Software, so my trip was a success. Was back today late afternoon. I really like such trips from time to time.

Lauerzerseelauf

Lauerzerseelauf

This was the first run around Lauerzersee and there were already more than 600 participants. It was extremely hot, more than 30 degree, when it started last Friday at 7 pm.

Was not so easy to get there, you have to park your car at Seewen-Märkt which is a shopping mall not so far away. You only have to cross a trail way and a highway! And I was really in a hurry because I had to get a start number just before the beginning and was already very late.

The race starts just in front of the local swimming bath at the lake and is exactly 10 kilometers in distance. I started too fast and was still tired because I did also 1000 meter crawl a noon, the same day. So my arms were hurting but thought this is a good training for a triathlon.

After 5 kilometer, I was already quite exhausted and had problems with breathing and each kilometer became harder. At the end I really was happy to finish. My time was a few second above 50 minutes, so still 5 minutes per kilometer.

The route itself is not very beautiful, big part of it is just in parallel to the highway with thousands of cars with bad air and noise. I originally wanted to participate at Klöntalerseelauf which took place at the same day but decided to do Lauerzerseelauf because it is nearer to my home and it was the first time. Maybe next year I will decide for Klöntal if they are again on the same day.