Inferno Half Marathon 2012

In keeping with the name and just like last year this year’s Inferno half marathon was very hot. It was a similar sweat fest to last year but this time I did it alone after Julian abandoned me for the “land of the free”. Probably a good thing too as I was 14 minutes slower than last year (3:08.09,2 in 2011). No cracking three hours this year. Probably not surprising considering the amount of running I haven’t been doing.

Anyway, Simon and Anita headed off bound for France leaving me in Lauterbrunnen with just a race to do. I seemed to do better on the flat section this year… perhaps… a little hard to tell. It was apparently 34 degrees in Mueren, 2 degrees warmer than last year, and about 14 degrees warmer than comfortable. Just before Mueren a Swiss guy I met at the Glacier 3000 race this year passed me. I had beaten him in the Glacier 3000 so tried to stick with him in the Inferno. But alas no… It wasn’t happening. After about 17 km I was well and truly a snail. Perhaps my mistake was only drinking isotonic drink at the water stations and not eating enough bananas like last year… Perhaps also not… Who knows…

Anyway, I arrived at the Schilthorn summit (2970 m) in 3:22.32,2 trying not to cramp. I hang around at the summit for a few hours as the surroundings really are spectacular up there. There’s a great view out towards the Eiger, Jungfrau, and Moench. Grand…

All in all a good race despite the result. I found it harder than the Glacier 3000 despite the climbing being approximately the same and it being shorter. It’s definitely the heat.

The race is well worth entering. It was 40 Euros and we received a finisher t-shirt and water bottle at the finish – nearish 40 Euros in value.

Runners (Inferno Half Marathon 2012) resize Cris arriving at the summit (Inferno Half Marathon 2012) resize

Above left: The sweat bath gets under way. Above right: Climbing the stairs to the finish (a re-enactment thereof…) There was much more grimacing during the real thing.

Cris with view towards the Eiger (Inferno Half Marathon 2012) resize View of the Eiger, Jungfrau, and Moensch (Inferno Half Marathon 2012) resize

Above left: At the Schilthorn summit with the Eiger, Moench, and Jungfrau in the background. Above right: The Eiger, Moench, and Jungfrau.

Cris trying to not look too poked (Inferno Half Marathon 2012) resize No high heels please (Inferno Half Marathon 2012) resize

Above left: The lsat 5 km. Above right: No high heels allowed on the path to Schilthorn!

Inferno Half Marathon 2012 3:22.32,2 (207/365 Men) 21 km Temperature: Inferno Hot.

Kiwis in Lauterbrunnen

Simon and Anita stormed into Lauterbrunnen yesterday as part of their 49 day all-you-can-eat Europe tour. I caught up with them briefly in the evening and then again today. We decided to be ueber tourists and paid the highly excessive 146 Swiss Francs (inclusive of group discount) to get the train up to the Jungfraujoch at the “Top of Europe” (as they so often liked to remind us – perhaps so that we didn’t revolt at the exorbitant price we had paid).

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Above: On the plus side they did have eagles and bears in a cave carved from ice. Of course it was teaming with tourists.

Simon is a moron (Switzerland) resize Simon is an ejit (Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland) resize

Above: Clearly Simon hasn’t changed a bit.

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Above: Much snappage at the Jungfraujoch. Simon does his best Asian impression.

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Above left: So very Swiss. Above right: Simon keeping the tourist industry running with a quick flying fox at approx. 3600 m.

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Above left: View down to glacier. Above right: The view down to the Lauterbrunnen valley. Quite picturesque really.

Cycle touring Bodensee

Leonie and I spent a frantic morning fixing her bike and getting sorted to go cycle touring. Just after midday we managed to escape Freiburg on the train to Titisee. From there we mounted our trusty steeds and promptly got a little lost. We headed away from Titisee by a little track that headed up into the Black Forest. After a couple of hours of riding around we found some more sensible signs. We headed down hill towards Lake Constance arriving in Schaffhausen in Switzerland in the evening. We camped the night there.

On Saturday we did a little exploring around Schaffhausen. I had a quick dip in the Rhein and then we went to investigate the Rhein waterfall. So did many other people. Then it was off for some more cycling goodness. It was warm. We headed along beside the lake directly before Lake Constance stopping briefly to swim with naked Swiss people. We found a nice little campground amongst a multitude of bad ones and stayed there the night.

On Sunday we continued riding around Lake Constance until we arrived in Lindau. After attending to our stomachs there and a quick swim we headed back to Germany by train.

Bridge across the Rhein (Schaffhausen, Switzerland) resize Cris and Leonie (Schaffhausen, Switzerland) resize

Above left: The bridge across the Rhein in Schaffhausen. Above right: Inside the castle in Schaffhausen.

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Above left: The Windows XP field. Above right: Leonie by the Rhein waterfall.

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Above left: Cris at a harbour at Lake Constance. Above right: Leonie looks for a delicious calorie bomb (a chocolate muffin) in the bags beside Lake Constance.

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Above left: Leonie next to Lake Constance.

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Above left: Leonie in Lindau. Above right: Bikes next to the lake in Lindau.

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Above right: Leonie waits at the train station during one of our train changes on our return journey.

Glacier 3000

Leonie and I headed to Gstaad in Switzerland on Friday afternoon. On Saturday I ran the Glacier 3000 run. It’s a 26 km run with 2015 metres of climbing. It starts in Gstaad and finishes crossing a glacier to the gondola station near the peak of Sex-Rouge (see map). I moved like a snail for the first 15 km as the course headed up a valley ascending only a couple of hundred metres. The masses passed me. Once it started to climb I had a better chance against the masses and did some power-walk passing. The best part of the race is the section at the end where the route picks its away along beside a glacier before crossing it. Leonie was waiting at the top and we hung around there for a while before walking down to the next gondola station and taking the lazy way down from there. We had a stormy night in our tent… due to it storming… The weather cleared around midday on Sunday and we went for a wander before catching the train back to Freiburg stopping for about 15 minutes in Thun – just enough time for me to have a quick dip in the delicious lake.

Cris at start (Glacier 3000 run) resize Cris crosses the glacier (Glacier 300 run) resize

Above left: Cris before the race. Above right: Crossing the glacier during the last section of the race.

Cris after completing run (Glacier 3000 run) resize Leonie and Cris at finish (Glacier 3000 run) resize

Above left: At the finish. Above right: Leo and Cris at the finish.

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Above left: View across glacier. The last section of the race sidled along the edge of a glacier before crossing it. Above right: Cris walking down.

Cris looking down (Glacier 3000 run) resize Leonie (Glacier 3000 run) resize

Above left: Cris looking down. Above right: Leonie at the top.

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Above left: Leone with a view of the glacier and Oldenhorn behind. Above right: Leonie walking down.

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Above: We had just enough time on Sunday to have a quick splash in the lake in Thun. At least I did some splashing. Leonie looked on with mild amusement.

Glacier 3000 Run Gstaad, Switzerland – 26 km/2015 m 3:47.22,2 (252/402 Men)