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.

Ironman Rapperswil-Jona

Ironman Rapperswil-Jona

This year it was the first time that I participated at this event. Rapperswil-Jona is just 15 kilometers away from my home. I pass it every day on may way to the office. It is a very nice city at lake Zürich with a port for small ships and a lot of nice restaurants just near the lake. In summer you feel like being somewhere in Italy when you sit in one of the Restaurants at the lake.

At the triathlon we were there employees from our company and I took over the biking part. It was great. I had to do 90 kilometers, 2 turns and were not bad. I were able to overtake approximately 50 bikers and I was not overtaken by one. That was real fun.

I always dreamed of once doing triathlon but had not the time to train swimming. Therefore it was pretty luck that we did it as a team. The distances were 1.9 kilometers of swimming. Ugly! When you were looking from the start to out over the lake to the point where they had to swim to, it was unbelievable so far away seemed it.