Friday, June 5, 2020

summer 2020 no competitions at all - strategies

Meanwhile, as of that corona, virus, almost all competitons in endurance sports had been cancelled. Both professionals and amateurs in affairs of triathlon, having trained months for mega-events, needed to make alter strategy and are confronted with similar challenges.

In normal times it are the amateurs, that build the basis of the pyramid that is the carrier for the professionals onto the top. While professionals are payed for performance, theses days amateurs might lack motivation. Especially in spring, when the top-form is going to be shaped by intervall-training and so-called monster-training-units, like 130 Kilometers on bike and 25k run nonstop after in order to get fit for 226k-race in Frankfurt, Hamburg or on the Hawaiin Islands. All the letter competitions had been delayed, competitons of other labels had been cancelled. This has to do with the new, American, owner of the company, that had been sold to the Chinese in 2015 for 650 Million of US dollars. Now, the stock holders are from the West Coast and do invest in internet, communication and it-solutions like this, but bought IRONMAN for 730 Million of US Dollars. It´s coming home, like insiders said. Or is it vice versa? The professionals are fed up but the amateurs are motivated as of the Pros cannot perform and the amateurs feel like always, do swim, bike and run for fun?

Difficult affairs need smart solutions. Instead of travelling by mountainbike I bought a gravel-bike for this year. 

Competitons, both core values like fixed on this blog [1] and visions of the sport are needed to survive the crisis. What to do if customers do not buy a new time trial bike? Well, rather easy. If one does love our sports and has fun, one might like to buy a new bike nevertherless. If one does for the purposes pf posing, showing of bikes as status symbols, well, this year isn't a good opportunity. There won't be photos from the finish onto red carpets, no cameras on the bike-course or swim-exit, too.

Meanwhile it is June and extent and intensity of training has been reduced systematically. Having had a lot of work and paperwork in May I am looking forward to cycling in summer. Hopefully some competitions in the 3rd discipline, a 10k run or a half-marathon, can be conducted in autum.

Last year I went to th South by bike (Athens) im summer, this year I go North, having Sweden on the list. May be Greta T, has time for a cyclist from Bavaria for an autograph-lesson.


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