Race Review 9/2014 – Three Peaks Challenge – Part 1 – 01.11.2014

It was my very first trail race ever. It’s one of the most iconic races in South Africa. Not a bad first trail race. Maybe like learning to scuba dive on the Maledives I knew I was not trained enough to go for a really good time and rather take it as...

Session 127/2014 – 2 Peaks in one go (Devil’s Peak + Table Mountain) – 15.5 km – 1550 m elevation – 18.10.2014

After yesterday’s 30 km training run I was curious to see if I’d have to pay a price for that today.  Today I did a long and for me my most important training run, preparing for the 3 Peaks Challenge, happening in 2 weeks time, going up and down two...

Session 123/2014 – Learning the route up Devil’s Peak – Trail – 6,5 km + 6,9 km – 11.10.2014

One of the fundaentals of running the “3 Peaks Challenge” is know how to get to the peaks I am grateful that running club mate and trail running expert Simon agreed to guide me up Devil’s Peak on a training run. This is the only one of the 3 peaks...

Race Review 5/2014 – Comrades Ultra Marathon 2014 – 89.2 km – 01.06.2014

It was my 4th Comrades.
 And it was my toughest … In the morning, I woke up 1 minute before the 3:00 am alarm went off, everything looked really good. I felt good, and confident. This year’s Comrades ultra-marathon was a so called “Down Run” from Pietermaritzburg to Durban, 89.2 km in...

Comrades 2014 Expo – 30.05.2014

After some trouble with Hertz rental car, which I am never going to book any more, we made our way to the Comrades 2014 Expo. Before we even got there, we met Olesya & Elena Nurgalieva, the Russian twins, dominating Ultra running for more than a decade. Together they won...

Race Review 4/2014 – Old Mutual Two Oceans Ultra Marathon 2014 – 56 km – 19.04.2014

The morning looked promising. 17°C and a slight breeze at 3:30 am when the alarm clock woke my wife and I up. I slept surprisingly well, although not really long Unlike in the past, when the evening before a big race was a traditional “carbo loading” evening with pasta, I...

Before 2007, I truly believed running a Marathon is unhealthy and crazy...

Now I run Marathons as training runs to prepare for Ultra Marathon races. "What is an Ultra Marathon?" you ask? Good question! It's everything beyond the marathon mark of 42.2. km (26.2 miles). So far my longest distance covered are 89 km (56 miles).

Race Review 9/2014 – Three Peaks Challenge – Part 2 (the accident) – 01.11.2014

Here we go: From the city up to Peak Number Two: Maclear’s Beacon, the highest point of Table Mountain. I took the same route as for the first peak: from Green Market Square to Deer Park and up to Tafelberg Road. Video: Running towards Peak Two (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VH0upV83Q_U) Between Deer Park and Tafelberg Road...

Race Review 9/2014 – Three Peaks Challenge – Part 1 – 01.11.2014

It was my very first trail race ever. It’s one of the most iconic races in South Africa. Not a bad first trail race. Maybe like learning to scuba dive on the Maledives I knew I was not trained enough to go for a really good time and rather take it as...

Update: Three Peaks Challenge Completed – 01.11.2014

A quick update for you: I completed the Three Peaks Challenge on November 1st 2014. It was a long, hot day out with a little incident after 3 hours. I am very happy having completed this challenge and I’ll write a detailed report within the next few days. It took...

Session 131/2014 and 132/2014 – Easy trail and easy short, counting down to Three Peaks Challenge – 29.10.2014

With a 50 km ultra trail race planned for Saturday (Three Peaks Challenge) this week is very relaxed. One nice easy trail run (10.4 km) together with my wife and our dog on Tuesday and one easy 5 km run after the gym on Wednesday. Thursday and Friday I take...

Session 130/2014 – Why is the wind ALWAYS coming from the front ? – 29 km – 25.10.2014

There is one thing, I really don’t understand. If you are running in one direction and the wind is blowing into your face, when you turn around, it should come from behind. Right? Or if you go up a long hill on a zig-zag route, you should at least once...

Session 129/2014 – The third peak – 9 km trail – 23.10.2014

The last peak: Lions Head. I have been up there a few years ago, and it is in general an easy path to find. But it’s not an easy path to go up. The last section is more climbing than hiking or running. I started at Signal Hill Road, at...