Category Archives: triatlon

Rockets – Inferno Team Trophy 2016

As usual, before the race I woke up just on time to switch off the ring tone. Fresh morning, outside darkness, silence, but not for long. As I walked through the camp side, many lights were on. Fellow triathletes were getting ready for the Inferno triathlon. I had to wait a bit for the bus and jumped into the second one. At the bus station I met another triathlete, who told me that this time there would be a swim. This one was his third inferno, and two times the swim was cancelled. Good sign, we expected no big waves, but the water temperature was about 17 deg. When we arrived, two fellow Rockets were already there. Davide had to take the ship and wait for me at the other side of the lake. I had to swim 3.1 km.

The orientation was the castle at the other side: it looked far, far away. I registered, quickly got ready and entered the cold water. Suddenly, I lost my breath for a moment. The water was so cold that I forgot about the pain I had. Just a weak ago, I slept and hit my ribs at right hand side. The pain was there and I could not stretch my hand fully, but I could swim. I made some strokes, found the position at the side, looked at the illuminated castle and waited for the start. Bang. Here we go. Shallow water for about 200 m with small waves. I felt confident, found the rhythm and with a few changes of directions, after 50 minutes I spotted flashlights at the coast. That was the place where I had to go in. Finally, in the transition zone, I spotted Davide and gave him the chip. My swim was over.

Davide was off for 100 km road bike. The Inferno road bike. Up and down, up and down, a 2000 m climb and furious descends. On the way back I took the ship. In Thun we picked up Nicole. She is a runner. Karl got his mountain bike ready. We had to drive to the mountain bike transition zone. After 4 hours Davide arrived happily, and Karl was off: 30 km mountain bike ride with a very dangerous descent. We had to drive again, this time to the last transition zone, where mountain bikers gave the timing chipsets to runners. After 2 h Karl arrived, covered in mud. So far so good. The last part was the 17 km uphill run. Nicole was off with the smile and we took the cable car to Mürren. The race finished happily a few minutes over 9 hours. Great experience. We were overwhelmed by the feeling of completion.

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Tri Frauenfeld 2018

Usually the day before such a short and impulsive race, I recall some memories and try to analyse what went well and what went not so well the last time. I was competing at this event in 2015, so three years ago. It was a fast and furious race at that time. During the swimming I collided with the competitor who was overtaking in the opposite direction. On the uphill bike section, I pushed very hard. I could still hear my excessive, deep and fast breathing, while overtaking on the hill.

This year the same intention was present, but the day before the race I felt miserable and sick. I went to bed earlier with hope to recover till morning. Though I moved like in slow motion through the race morning, I felt much better. I was in Frauenfeld early enough to avoid any traffic jams, to park, to register and to check-in the bike. Inside the pool area, where the swim starts, I met a younger fellow with whom I swam some time ago on Fridays. He was very excited, so I became as well. I could feel the initial flurry of enthusiasm, but decided to quiet my mind. Certainly it was not very clever to start the sprint triathlon at high heart rate and over excited. As soon as my young friend was off, I had some time to warm up and get ready. The swimming was easy, though I was overtaking constantly. This time I took attention and looked if someone was coming from the opposite direction. As soon as I stepped out of the pool, the speaker announced my time loudly. I knew that the time was good and that I am on the right way. The transition was definitely not fast, so I lost a lot of time there. The ride along the first uphill was also not as well as I could do. My average speed was low. The downhills were fast and scary as I was accelerating very quickly. Therefore I decided to push a bit on the final, flat part, where I averaged about 45 kmph and managed to catch some competitors. Riding at this speed felt really good, but it was questionable for how long I could hold. Finally, the run. We had to do 3 loops, in total 5.4 km. The first one was hard, but I felt more confident on the second and third while speeding up and overtaking. At run at my top according to the pace, but I was feeling good. In the end, my finish was strong and happy.

Even though nowadays triathlons gain on popularity, they become very competitive and technical. For me this kind of racing is still about exploring my own limits followed by desire to do better, faster and without breaking-in. It is like balancing on the tiny edge until reaching the other end.

Tri Frauenfeld Tri Frauenfeld
2015 2018
Total time 1:11:11.5 1:13:18.6
—– —–
Abstand 08:31:00 12:49:00
Rank overall short 45-54 37 37
Str number 216 290
Swim 10:31:01 09:02:09
2 4
Bike 12:38:07 13:23:03
8 16
Run 24.01,7 24.33,0
5 11
Rank man short 45-54 4 13
Number total man short 45-54 16 25
Number overall short 45-54 106 99
Zytturm Tri Zytturm Tri
2015 2017
Total time 1:44.01,0 1:43.05,2
—– —–
abstand 11.06,0 8.35,1
rank overall short 45-54 48 66
str nummer 1290 1135
swim 8.16,5 8.50,6
1 7
bike 1:09.13,6 1:06.59,0
13 15
run 26.30,9 27.15,6
18 26
rank man short 45-54 11 17
number total man short 45-54 18 26
number overall short 45-54 58 58