My win at Ostseeman gave me quite of a boost. I feel very fit these days. 2 days after the race (when most of the post-race-pain was gone) I started with lots of swimming, continued this for 2 weeks and then went back to Leysin for another week of heavy training. The boss said he can see some improvement in the swim – and since he gives kudos only if they are true, this was very encouraging for me! I had good legs at the hills (and on the flats as well – he he he), I am a bit skinnier than before last race; and it feels a lot easier for me to hold a high cadence during my runs, – always a good indicator that my is getting good. If I am very tired or struggling with the run, my cadence slows down.
It was great to catch up with the team before all are leaving and our camp in Leysin shuts down. Over the time, we are not just teammates, but become friends as well and I really miss the squad when I am staying at home.
So, as you can see, body and mind are really ready for my next race – the iron distance in Cologne on 6th of September!
Now, let me tell you another story: When I returned home from Leysin, I rode with my brothers car (thanks for lending Kili!!), when I returned home – it was a 6.5h ride, and I had to do a swim and another ride up to Col de la Croix before I left – I arrived at our appartment at 9:30 pm – and Nico was still waiting for me. This is very unusual, since he normally is at bed and sleeps at 7 pm. Well, at this day, he was in bed as well, but he was not sleeping, instead still waiting for me. He couldn’t sleep, since he was so excited about his new tractor.
You must know, that I promised him: Nico, if I will win Ostseeman and get some price money, you will get this tractor you always look at in the catalogue. Now. after I won, we immediately ordered it, and it arrived during my stay at Leysin. It’s a pitty that I was not there, when the package arrived and he opened it, jumping and running around from excitement and happiness. But he couldn’t sleep and waited for me to show me his new tractor – before he couldn’t sleep, impossible! After he told me the good news, he immediately fell asleep, literally before I left his room. But, for sure, not without awaking around 4:30 am the next day to have a look if his tractor is still there…