Its been two weeks since I took part in the Nationalpark Bikemarathon, and as always, at the end of the season, its so nice to have more time to myself and enjoy the feeling of not having to go out and get some kilometres in one the bike. I’ve been out late, eaten loads, drank loads, done a cool hiking trip, and been able to enjoy some running again. Endorphines guaranteed, and in a 1/4 of the time compared to cycling!
The first few runs hurt a lot. I am carrying a slight injury, I strained my glute probably due to a slight adjustment I made to my saddle the week before the mtb race. But that wasn’t what hurt the most, it felt like everything around my joints and ankles just weren’t used to stabilizing anymore. No wonder, since January I can count the amount of runs I have done on one hand! But surprisingly, just after one week, I feel better and I can enjoy running again.
Ive been working my way up to 90 minutes. Mostly hill running, and today I am happy to have hit some nice times onthe ascent of Uetliberg! We’re not talking about record breaking stuff here but its somewhere to start from – until I move onto the Weissenstein when I move to Solothurn in a few weeks! Eeek!
Check out the full details on Strava:
The Eiger Bike Challenge in Grindelwald, Berner Oberland, the weekend before last, was actually my first real mountain bike marathon and I managed to squeeze a 7th place among the elite women.
The race started out well and it was nice to be able to ride as fast as the top girls, especially next to my new mate and work colleague to be – Jane Nüssli. Then I started to suffer pretty badly from back pain the steeper the climbs became. Not good considering there were a lot of steep climbs in the race! I’m putting it down to not having ridden my mountain bike enough to really get the seat position right. I’ve adjusted it since and on a ride over 3.5 hours it hasn’t been an issue.
My back cramped up so bad on the First climb though, that I did consider throwing the towel in when I had to ride across the finish area a couple of hours later, before setting off on the last climb up Kleine Scheidegg So I’m pretty proud that I carried on to finish off the 88km loop. I was expecting to come in at around 6 and a half hours and in the end I made it round in 6.35.
I feel that I have a lot more in me. Hopefully I can pull some of that out in the Nationalpark Bike Marathon the weekend after next.
Here are the results:
The course is pretty gruesome, there were so many steep climbs on gravel and the descents weren’t at all technical apart from a couple of tricky sections. I did the full 88km route which had 3,900 height metres in total.
I just found a short little clip of me riding next to Jane Nüssli at the start of the day, up Grosse Scheidegg: