I had my best time until now. This was the fourth Engadiner ski marathon I did. The race was very fast this year and it was quite easy. I was not exhausted like in other years. Only the very last kilometer at the end was hard.
I am still in group “Allgemein A” which is not bad but would like to get once fast enough to start in the “Elite” group. But this maybe will never happen.
The whole event is really funny. We have to start at 3 am in the morning and go by car to Landquart from where we take a 2 hours train to St. Moritz and from there its another ride on a bus of about 20 minutes.
This lets us arrive in Maloja just before 7:00 where we put our skis to the start to be in one of the front lines when the race begins. We booked breakfast in “Maloja Palace” which is the very best option for waiting until the race starts at 8:50.
This year I did more skating than before and the marathon in Einsiedeln was a very good preparation. The marathon in Einsiedeln is much harder and I was at my very end in the finish.
This year it was much better than last year. There were two things: first we booked breakfast in the hotel just in front of the start and had morning buffet in a the warmth.
This was the problem the last years. It is impossible to find a warm place in a restaurant. All restaurants are over and over crowded with people who had cold.
Which contrast this year: warm breakfast room with buffet, as much coffee and bread and butter as you can eat and that just in front of the starting area.
The second thing much better this year was the slope. The snow was cold and the ski was running. I was able to do the marathon in 3 hours 30 something I think (forgot the exact time) and was not a bit as much exhausted as last year.
This year was just great! We will be back in 2013.
It was not as cold as last year. We again started at 3 am in the morning, drove with the car to Landquart, continued by train to St. Moritz and from there you have to go by bus to Maloja, to the start of this famous race.
The ugly thing is, that you have to wait in Maloja about more than an hour until you can start and there is no tent where you can sit down and have warm. And all the restaurents are full, almost exploding. Last year we found an open church where we waited. But this year, this church was closed. Luckily we found that the entrance hall of the local community office was open. So we sat down on the floor and waited there.
The race was very very hard. The snow was ok at the first 20 kilometers, but then is was so slow, that the rest of the race was a fight against the snow. I was very exhausted, when I finished. The snow on the last 500 meters was artificial snow, deep and heavy. On the last 100 meters I really played with the idea to put off the skiers and walk the remaining hundret meters.
I needed 3 hours and 40 seconds. My wish was to stay below 3 hours. Almost reached. But the whole day was a great advanture. Looking forward to next year!
This year I participated the first time the marathon in Engadin. The race starts at the highest point in the valley and goes continuously down. The difference in altitude is about 200 meters.
We had to stand up at 2:30 in the morning, went with the car to Landquart, from there by train to St. Moritz and further to Maloya by bus. At approximatly 6:30 we arrived.
It was very very cold, below 15 degree I think. We put our skiers to the start point and waited in a small church where it was warm.
The race was exciting. We started in front of 5000 other people and within a few minutes thousands were before me.
But later, I were able to overtake more and more. 42 kilometers is quite a long distance and you have enough time to gain places. In the middle the route goes through a wood where the trace becomes very narrow so that very often you had to wait to come forward.
I finished below 3 hours which means that I am allowed to start two blocks earlier next year. The race is such a fun. There are more than 10.000 starters. From now on, I will try to participate every year. It´s just fun. The whole day was an adventure. We were back at home at 5 pm.
The man in the blue jacket in the middle of the foto is me.