2nd Test-Race done, Ratisbon can come
To be straight, right, its time to switch writing-gear from "wit and charme", from "posing, porn and triathlon" to a more clear and reasonable mode now. Its time to stop provocation - for sure there might be a lot of tales to be told on ice now.
To switch mode sligthly I do go start with facts.
At Rothsee-Triathlon 1000+ people went to the start-, and 970 crossed the finish-line. So for a small or short-distance triathlon it`s a rather big one, 4th the size of Kallmünz round about. The triathlon has event-character, that goes along of what Challenge-Management does - to organize an event. So there are competitons the whole week-end, kids and juveniles go for on Saturday eg. Search the web for rothsee-triathlon to get fetch impressions.
In my view, and as a local, the Rothsee is a nice place, an artificial lake and water-reservoir for the Rhein-Main-Donau-Channel-System, also lovely, however a more plain area in comparison to Kallmünz and Franconian Switzerland my home. A yacht-club creates the impression of a matter-of-fact holiday-area including sandy beaches as well.
According to the data of the German triathlon union (dtu) water temperature was 24,3 °Celsius, too warm for a neo-suit to be allowed. The neo-suit is shelter from cold water. However, if water is too warm it might become dangerous to wear such a suit as of the heat the body has to release when in action. Like for the most, such a neo makes faster, too. So without it the swim-split was a rather slow one. For me, with 27:49 min sec out of the water, I received +4 min and thus to go for 2:15 h min became unrealistic. The bike course is a rather unrhythmical and hilly one, even slower. After the swim-split and ranked 121st overall, a time on bike of 1:08:05 h min sec was badly needed to reach plan B `s goal, thus to be sub 2:20. I did my best to be fast on bike, however then I had to take the risk to run sub40 the final 10k and succeded to do so. With 39:56 min sec the run-split was a powerful and great affair. Finally the clock stopped at 2:19:33 h min sec.
Times changed and in Germany leizure-time and hobbies become to be professionalized, organized in quantity mainly, it is needed to have an optimized structure. Cricital voices, philosophers and psychologists eg, call Germans crazy as of all that improvement of performance reduces life-quality. Today someone, who does finish 2:50 h min is considered to be a very good sportsman by the common people or social norms, and as of such a result even advertisement for benchmarking or posing in the web is not unusal. The virtues needed for triathlon, especially discipline, effort and endurance can be transported and transfered to be useful for both companies and clients in private life. As one might conclude now, in order to be even faster than that very good ones, well, triathlon really needs to become passion or "freaky".
So what is it about? What about a triathlete´s life-sytle? In a time of accelleration and a societies having to be fast and efficient, too, even within the families, well, also for the common people may be it´s a good thing to talk to a triathlete for piece of advice? In order to be fast?
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The screenshot from the officical-page/results does show transition-zone also, the area after swim-exit, where an athlete has to pick-up stuff for to change clothes in tents you can identify in the background. The table views Top10 my age-group M40-44, 121 finishers that group altogether, with an internationl top-professional ranked 1st, ranked 2nd overall as one can see the left column (transitions-times, swim => bike and bike => run, are added to the bike-split).
Like for others competitiors of Challenge in Ratisbon, now, the last training-block follows till round about to the end of July, so then in August tapering starts. However, the ongoing week, a good one I really wish to all and everybody, is suitable for recovery, for sure there`s opportunity to meet friends for training, but not only. Paperwork has to be done now, hooked to modul 9 at University of Hagen B.Sc. Psychology, State of Germany, mainly. Like mentioned above a lot of stories are stored and on ice, may be time will come to open up that files.
For me the most important is to say thank you very much to my friends, team-mates and acquaintances for acompany, moreover for motivation and for congrats.