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Thursday, August 17, 2017

From Nuremberg (Germany) to Barcelona (Spain) – 1800k or 14 days with flip-flops only



Dear readers, like frequently mentioned on this blog IRONMAN became lifestyle, posing and exaggeration of personality. It is not that those “iron-clowns” are idiots, more it is money-business they follow.

So for many years already I hoped to do something else as a hobby or as a semi-pro. The idea to go cycle to Barcelona with flip-flops has the origin in my fiancées family live there. Flip-Flops are the shoes on the Philippines. So I simply put it together and started with an old trekking-bike bought by my dad in the late of the Eighties.

For the route I used airplane-navigation mode (on sight). So I followed the Franconian lakes to the river of Danube, followed Danube to its source to go South from there until to the river of Rhine. Then I followed the Rhine till Basel, where I swam through the city and had an alcoholfree beer at the Suisse military base there after. From Switzerland I headed the French and not the Swiss Jura. French Jura is farer in kilometers but less in maximum altitudes. Following the river of Ain I by-passed Lyon in the East in order to south again at the river of Rhone, surrounded Montpellier in the North to break through to the French coast at Lespingon. From there I headed the Pyreenes having had the Mistral as a companion.

All the trip the weather was good but subtropical and sometimes tropical heat in degrees of temperature in the Mediteranean. Finally I arrived at Costa Brava for the final kilometers at tourist area, easy pace to Barcelona, where me I myself was welcomed very warmly. Thank you for this this way on here and friends also.



arrival in Barcelona (central)



here, this is the tours data:

M 31st  of July: 131k / 7:14 hrs
T   1st  of August: 148k / 7:53 hrs
W  2nd: 133k / 7:31 hrs
T  3rd : 137k / 6:51 hrs
F  4th : 48k / 2:48 hrs (half day off / swam through Basel)
S  5th : 128k / 7:02 hrs
S  6th : 134k / 6:55 hrs

half-time at the region of Lyon, sum 1st week:  859 k

M 7th : 115k / 5:44 hrs
T  8th : 61k / 2:55 hrs (half-day off  / struggled with thunderstorm)
W  9th : 134k / 6:02 hrs
T  10th: 124k / 6:10 hrs
F  11th : 150k / 8:02 hrs
S  12th: 127k / 6:31 hrs
S  13th: 147k / 7:44 hrs
M 14th : 81k / 4:04 hrs

sum: 1798k

All the navigation has not been done by any electronical devices. I asked soldiers, policemen, locals, travellers, tourists or let's simply say just people for routing. My map was not that much detailed, so in some areas compass (a compass with a needle made out of iron...) was useful to switch to. The loadings on the bike had been 20 kilogramm. The route was hilly mostly and flat areas had been very seldom. I slept in the open nature, four times at a camping-place. Meals were prepared by a simple cooker, sometimes I joined the good kitchens of Germany, Switzerland, France and Spain. Best kitchen in my humble opinion is the Philippinian...- like I had in Barcelona.

If you are wanted to be given an adivce, well, just do. All you need are three things: food, shelter and fuel… - and beer! 


Now back here in Germany paperwork is waiting to be done and also preparation for the marathon in Frankfurt on the Main late in October. My leg's muscle is ok now, so proper training should work again.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Challenge Roth 2017

This year yeah again Roth was host for the world to be in Roth. Also in 2017 the world biggest event in triathlon was celebrated at 9th of Juli. There had been athletes from 97 countries and also jetset-people stepped in for to party together with 250000+ spectators on the swim-start, the courses especially solary hill, where 30000 people gathered, and also in Roth central, where the marathon had been executed. A big event, and like every year the fireworks had been started when the last finisher crossed the finish-line in the stadium after the magical of 226k. 
What about local heros? What about top-professionals? Well, there are so many stories to be mentioned that actually even pictures are not sufficient to get fetch impressions. The only way, I am afraid, is to come to Roth next year 2018, when the world 36 best triathletes on ironman-distance also join-in.



swim-start. for more pictures match Challenge Roth...


This year I was invited by Don Indi (CEO at hardtseemafia.de) for be an active athlete in one of his relay teams. My job was to start at 8:50 AM and go make result along the 3,86k in the water. Surprisingly our biker could not start, and even more surprisingly we got an a-amateur to do the most long time trial 180,2k. He was supposed to be even more fast. So also for runner Alex, who needed to run the full marathon-distance 42,2k there was a little pressure on us as sub9 and top-ten result seems within range.

Rather nervous I got on Saturday. Biker Flo made it to the peek and checked in his bike some very few minutes before bike check-in closing time. Sure, we had been there on time and Flo needed to adjust his Scott Plasma, an oldie but goody, to perfection. So after our equipment was all in position by the help of relay-manager Pat, and mission briefing again done by Alex, we, our team, we all went home to sleep well.

The next day was perfect, but humid. Cloudy, otherwise it would be a hard race. Surprisingly when me, I myself Micho, went to the start, biker Flo wasnt within transition-zone 1. However, not irritated, i started clocking 1:32 min/sec the first k, took out speed a little and accelerated again the last 1,5k, before I sprinted to Flo, who was waiting in full aero-jacket to take off my transponder-chip and motivated to cause surprise!!! After a 1hrs 4min swim-split, Flo managed a bike-ride of 4 hrs 14min and even now, according to my systems, it was the fasted bike-ride done on Sunday. As you can see here:



We made it! sub9! The four of us! relay-manager Pat, swimmer Micho, biker Flo and runner Alex.


As you can see it was not much time left. Flo and me had been allowed to escort Alex the final 400m onto the red-carpet. After a hard and hilly marathon we pushed him to full-sprint to make result reality. Unfortunately there are no good pictures and livestream available. If, sure, it`ll be edited. It was a great finish. Alex in the middle, followed by Flo carrying the supporters back-pack to his right and me to his left in flip-flops holding the national flag of Thailand in order to greet Jürgen Zäck, former Roth champion and friend of Don Indi and thus Hardtseemafia, who married and lives in Thailand/Phuket. A good adress for late season action and training-camp.

Later the athletes gathered for food in a big tent and celebration together. Happily we can say good bye to Roth and see you again next year. Thank you to all the 7000 helpers who made 4500 active athlets go rocking, thank you to Don Indi this way also, thank you to all the spectators, regards to my team-mates from Franconian-Club, who did party also, thank you very much to all the nice people there, an international audience of the triathlon's best people, fans, friends, family, who bring our sports to its peek one time a year. 



*more stories and pictures might follow

Monday, June 26, 2017

race report TERMINAL 90 TEAM - at festival Lake of Rothsee

First of all, for all, athletes, team-mates and supporters it had been a nice day, Sunday 25th of July 2017. 

Thus thank you to the organizers, who did very well in creating a good race, including support and entertainment, as well thanks to all the helpers, who made this triathlon-event go. Event, atmosphere, kind people, having met acquaintances, friends and fans joined-in, family with us, well, this all made us feel great and we knew we will have a nice day all part of the triathlon family. 

beergarden race after


Like mentioned before it has been a "Schnapsidee", an idea born out of having a Schnaps, liquid high-percentage alcoholics, to register as TERMINAL 90 TEAM, so well, how to say it? May be like this: actions are louder than words! 

On Sunday I was altered 5.22 AM and needed to go for to start check-in proceedure. The referees had been strict, thus equipment 100% oki was allowed only to be taken to the start. The field was launched at 10.05 AM, with Heiko in the leading group the first 500m. Despite of water was slow, neo-suit forbidden and also as of the course had been much more longer than 1,5k, Heiko had been among top 15 after the swim-split. Thus 1st discipline went not too bad. It was our own fault transition 1 was suboptimal, thus we lost important time and sure we need to exercise those routines. Somehow overmotivated, me, I had been pushing too hard the first 10k on bike having overtaken 7-8 athletes of our category, so when the course came to its cruxes I needed to go beyond limits but lost 2-3 positions again. Fighting against the very strong wind that day I was close to puke when the bike-split was finished after transition two. Then, it had been Heiko´s turn again to make good result go work by having made an awesome tactital 10k-run. A little overmotivated also for the first k - at a two round hilly 5k-course - he went in unbelievable 3:18 min sec, pushed fruther and uphill like hell, and was pushed by friends and family in order to make concurrents keep distance. Finanlly, the clock stopped at 2 hours and 23 minutes. We finished 7th and had made a good job.



results, no reasons 
(click to enlarge)


annotation: we did not train specially for that race, so may be next year it is needed to go faster. TERMINAL 90 might be there with TEAMs the next season, where it is planned to make good pictures for sure. Be prepared - we'll also.


Monday, June 12, 2017

relay at triathlon of Rothsee

dear readers,

unfortunatelly, I was injured while in military mode at military base by my own high-kick the last week, and thus a muscle in my right leg needs break. Therefore it wasn't possible to compete short distance in Kallmünz, a very romatical town in Germany close to Regensburg, where CHALLENGE Ratisbona is going to be celebrated for the 2nd time.

Hindi bale! that is Philippinian for: doesn't matter. As of meanwhile i need to write about a topic of interest I like a lot  at University, thus a break is not that much a bad idea and for sure I had been in Kallmünz, where imho the world's most finest triathlon had been done last Saturday, for taking pictures, fishing and having a beer, for to twaddle to people and athletes and for to motivate athletes on the tracks.



You are once upon a time in Kallmünz? Do not miss to see the middle-aged ruin.


The next competition is a relay with mi amigos y compañeros Heiko and Domi G. at short-distance event at the lake of Rothsee, with Domi not yet fit as of food poisoning, who does recover as well. At least Heiko is fit yes year, already. However, yesterdays time trial training was good and thus I believe we can go for the time registered in as TERMINAL 90 TEAM to-ten result. Regards to our sponsor witherein.
Bildergebnis für terminal 90 
The official logo of our "inofficial" (...) sponsor. //.


♪♪♪ ¡Yéke Yéke! ♪♪♪




Greetings from the air-base of Grafenberg to the town of Nuremberg and to where ever you are. So let´s see how we all do perform. Press thumbs for us all to make keep staying safe and healthy, and pray for us to make a good performance at Rothsee-Triathlon (http://www.rothsee-triathlon.de/) two weeks ahead from now on.

Yours sincerely,
Micho

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P.S.: written by the Geschwafelmeister (a ka el Labarito) in cooperation with the Geschwadermeister (a ka PR-Heiko)

P.P.S.: fully resposible for the bla bla bla, blubb blubb and blubb on here is me, and also the owner of this blog: www.dnf-is-no-option.com, where i am a free employee who does work within the parameters of the state´s contract of the Ferderal Republic of Germany / regards to kai baumgartner this way also..


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

RUN! Pool opening 2017 in LAUF!

RUN! Into the cinema!, in order to watch Ridley Scott's new movie and see the xenomorphs, who do make the poor colonists make run. 

Finally Hollywood (Los Angeles / (L.A.) discovered LAUF an der Pegnitz, Germany, our home town here, that literally translated means RUN. 20th Century Fox studios wrote to and signed in here and contacted the local press in order to make some advertisement for the new A L I E N movie directed by Sigourney Weaver. Why? As the crew of a spaceship landed on a planet somewhere in the outer galaxy, well, finally those humans had to RUN, had to run away and escape from the xenomorphs the cruel way. 

Among the people in run!, Lauf at the river of Pegnitz, well, this  analogy is nothing new and even in the early stage of the eighties last century there was relay-competition called LAUF DURCH LAUF, than means literally RUN TRUH RUN a lot of sportsmen took part those days. 

Originally the name Lauf does not come from sport, but from water. The name comes from the inclination of the nature's profile here, thus here in Lauf the river has power downhill. Middle-age smiths had been the first who used water power. Later other craftsmen moved here into and finally, also as of the beauty, the Emperor himself kept stayed from time to time when on his way Western in his castle. 

Here in Lauf the river sourrounds the Castle of the Emperor (Kaiserburg), which water is jammed in order to make craftsmens machines go and to produce electricity nowadays.

Lauf is traditionally connetcted to water. Today we do not only have historical buildings hooked to the element, but also modern facilities. Our pool most modern was opened the last week-end this year as of the ongoing outdoor season. So some of us gathered for the first outdoor-training and we agreed to make picture for the local newspaper also. Sure it wasn´t posing only. And sure we did not need Hollywood set-up. No time for that! What we needed was to do something for our money we do not get, thus after warming-up we swam a progressive 3x100m intervall 2' push up wall (1' 19'', 1'18'' and 1'15'') in order to set a first mark.


Some friends gathered and set there being pictured for the local news as of the pool opening this year.

So finally, with a delay of two weeks as of the bad weather, the pool is open now and sportsmen, swimmers and triathletes, go run (...) training outdoors. Like predicted this week summer might come to Central Europe first time this year also, so that if so after training sunbathing is possible, drinking coffee also, having cake, beer and bbq.

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If you are interested in win a T-Shirt originally born in Hollywood just contact me by using the e-mail adress on this that blog. The movie A L I E N Covenant  starts in Germany 19th of May.


Sunday, April 30, 2017

vamos a la playa

dear readers, and new friends wellcome, it is a very well-known saying that a picture says more then thousand words. Triathlon isn't a one-man-show, it is team-play also. It is the team, who does give you power, your sponsors and coaches your team-mates, sure, but most important good friends are.

The training-camp in Spain on Fuerteventura from 21th to 28th of April was a full success. As of so many different training like swim, bike, run, surfing, beachvolleyball, beach-racket-ball, tennis, mountaineering, spa and even billiard and darts. However, it had not only been Multisport (a german word) that was responsible for fun. Another key-factor of successful training is team-playing and team-leading. 




Täschi, Micho, Heiko, Aaron (from left to right) together with our life-guard at playa Morro De Jable, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, Espania at 27th of April 2017 


In sum, us, we only made 500k on the bike each. However, it had been a super bien holidays. Plenty of sun, birthday-celebration, kind people, Multisport actions and so forth and thus variation, vacation and events. What else to mention? The night from 27th to 28th of april first rain fell this year (en abril aquas mil...). A guy called Julio found us and drove us back to civilization when we had a broken bike where no signal was available.  And the gold medalists in beachvolleyball of the olympic games in London 2012 made a fantastic show at Robinson Club one needs to see with own eyes.

Next week will be a regenerative and compensative one. Then extensities are planned to be amplifyed and as of the foundation of our new team named TERMINAL 90 TEAM with me on the bike going to race hard in relay-competitions.

Friday, March 24, 2017

on tri society has to be

Meanwhile the new season becomes rolling. Athletes are going to be fit and fitter. Weight is reduced, the body is formed more and more as of training abroad e.g. on the Canarian Islands also, like on Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria or even Teneriffa. People are going to look good - a core value of our sports.

However, triathlon more and more became commercial. It became money-business. And folks pay huge amounts of money to be on tri. Like for example in a recent magazine triathlon-bikes are advertised. Have a guess? Well, the cheapest bike is 5000 US $. And this is it. It is no longer who you are, it is what you own. This is ashaming. 

So it is not to have fun to move the body. It is to have fun of what one possesses: my time-trial bike, my compression-socks, my swim-coach, my personal coach, my new watch for 500 US $ measuring the most not needed details even professionals give a sheet on, and also my diet worthy a hundrets of dollars of for the right nutrination monthly. How bizzare! Amateurs spend more money than professionals.. And what the hell is it for? Well, it is not for the people starving at the Horn of Africa these days, for sure. So what? Does one go for ironman-distance as of passion, social motives, pioneering spirit and adventure? No, not these days. But for the need of exaggeration of an "awesome" personality proved by the hanging of the finisher-medal in the office colleagues have to admire. 

In former times one could have been proud to be triathlete by unterstatement, by making the body steallike, by doing the impossible and simply by being part of. Nowadays a true triathlete might better be silent concerning passion? Why? As it isn´t understood anymore. The "uncool" people discovered our sport and are exploited by sport-industries. Now as for to finish one can buy an all-around-saftey-package, finish garanteed inclusive. So do not worry about exhaustion - be sure it is not triathlon but an event, and thus the helpers of the orga-team pick you up at K15 in order to transport you to K42 so one can run the last 200 metres with a big smile smiling into finishline's camera raising arms in order to prove to be a winner. And is it? And what is it? It is of one receives the awards one paid for. 

Those uncool people are not evil. Idiots cannot help themselves. The development simply proves that money makes character out of order, the character of triathlon. Greetings to all the consumers. "Thank you" for putting money onto the mills of the monitarian monsters. This way this is what you become: monster. It is exactly the opposite of what triathlon was constructed for. This way you will never feel the spirit of (triathlon) sport and never have a positive identifications with values.



Nowadays one must be careful to mention to be on tri - as of all the clowns, commerce and capitalisation.


A very warm welcome to new readers of this blog from Africa. No matter what happens it is not what you have, and it will never be. It is whom you are - or like we say in Germany as well: the last shirt does not have pockets. 

Sport in its political function is designed to be a diplomat, sport is made to build bridges, onto the national, international and intercultural level. Our sport is made to gather people to be all part of the same family sharing same commen values. Today our sport seems to seperate people and part it into individuals with individual values. Why? As much more money can be made out of indivduals than made out of communities. 




[edit (at) SAT 3/24/17:
In the enumeration it has been forgotten to mention: my bike-fitter. Very important. A bike-fitter is needed, 100% true, 300 US $ pay off an hour, regularily. Why? As of the idiots. Who are: A) too stupid to choose and buy a bike by one´s own considerations, thus a bike-fitting is included in the sell of the bike B) are too stupid to adjust and calibrate a bike and C) are too stupid to handle a bike, unfortunatelly.]