Sport Talks / 29 Juni, 2015

Sam Pilgrim – From Munich Mash

Ever wondered why Sam Pilgrim is a dead boring person in real life and why he will be reborn as a bike saddle or why all he wants to really do is shoot movies?

We talked about those things in his life but of course also about his career, the beginnings and his most successful races.

Find out for yourself in this fun little interview we shot with the Slopestyle & MTB rockstar just before he raced Munich Mash 2015 at Olympiapark Munich. The race was a Diamond event of the FMB Tour.

Course Reviews / 27 Juni, 2015

Chiemsee Triathlon – Bike Course Review

Another weekend another race. Placed in the beautiful Bavarian area South of Munich, Chiemsee Triathlon offers one of the most beautiful bike courses in Germany if not Europe.

A rolling 2 loop course with 600 meter ascent, speedy sections with up to 75km/h and a very rewarding and fast final 9km each loop with breathtaking view at the Alps and the Chiemsee.

The course is taking you through small forests, unique Bavarian villages and beautiful countryside along herds of cows and flock of chicken!

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THE COURSE:

You start off with an easy 9km to warm up and find a good rhythm. At KM 3 it’s time to briefly focus as the course takes you off the road and through a pedestrian passing under the road. This is a spot where you wanna place yourself in the front of your pack so you don’t get slowed down as the passing narrows.

At KM 9 you hit your first slightly longer hill. This is one of probably 2-3 hills where I would stay calm, shift down to the small chainring and take it easy for about 300 meters. After that is is back into the aero bars and the happy hammering continues and almost all other hills are worth keeping the big chainring on and briefly get out of the saddle.

Around KM 13 you hit one of 2 turns where you should slow done a bit and right after the turn which comes in the beginning of a downhill section you hit a short climb. This is a great spot to drop anybody drafting on you. Quick push over the hill and the competition is dropped.

Km 22 is the only challenging inner city bit with 3 fast turns following each other. Go easy – you won’t win the race here.

What follows is a nice little rolling section that allows for a good push and nice rhythm and as soon as you hit KM 33 you are golden. From there you are pampered with 2 arcade style downhill sections and slight turns that allow you to stay on the aerobats. All in the setting of the Alps and the Chiemsee right in front of you. Those last 9KM are FAST.

The last tricky bit is about 1KM before transition / lap 2. A little bridge with a right hand turn in a downhill section into town. Don’t throw your race away here.

THE BIKE / WEAPON OF CHOICE: 

Specialized Shiv Pro, Roval 60 wheels, Ceramic Speed complete bike upgrade, Power2Max powermeter, Garmin Edge 1000, Xlab Torpedo, Specialized S-Works road shoes.

Enjoy and share your race experience with us afterwards.

Travel / 26 Juni, 2015

Competition Time at Hotel Mohrenwirt

Ever wonder what we do when we don’t check out bike courses for you, test training resorts, interview people or do other fun stuff? Right: We do more fun stuff. In this case we challenged Jakob the owner of the Triathlon Hotel Mohrenwirt to a little SUP sprint challenge which turned into an embarrassing display of lack of talent on both sides which let to a beer drinking competition (Erdinger Alkoholfrei of course) which then again lead to tire changing competition during which I wanna say Jakob cheated by bringing in a former Tour de France cyclist as his joker.

What Jakob didn’t know – we did not just play for the glory….

Enjoy the video and believe me – almost every day at the Mohrenwirt looks like this 😉

Sport / 25 Juni, 2015

Triathlon – Pro Tips with Mercedes Benz

Have you seen this? A while back we spent a week with Mercedes Benz and 3 of the guys that are now part of the Sport for Good team on Mallorca to shoot some triathlon tips for you. How to train and how to approach you race: In all 3 disciplines.

The tips come straight to you from Timo Bracht 8x Ironman Winner, Horst Reichel – Ironman Winner and Jan Raphael – Ironman Winner as well. If they don’t know then who? 😉

Watch, learn, share, like and comment!

Sport / 22 Juni, 2015

Endurance & Importance of Immunity

Dr. Susan Kräftner – founder & owner of Biestmilch

We sat down with Dr. Susan Kräftner from Biestmilch to take a closer look at the correlation between a functioning immune system and endurance performance.

A lot of issues you tend to ‚just accept‘ in daily life can easily be reduced and help you to a stronger and faster performance in your next race or adventure. Despite the simple fact of even more joy in daily life!

Enjoy the read and don’t forget to comment about your own experience!

“Endurance and Immunity

Peak performance needs the immune system functioning

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Not in a good mood? Your day was stressful? You got up at 5 a.m., went for a run in the dark, dashed around at work all day and went for a swim late in the evening? Then you didn’t sleep well, got up at 5 a.m. again the next day, etc, etc… Are you often confronted with either having a bad conscience for not training enough or filling your day up so much that you are worried you might collapse?

Do you suffer from similar problems every year: head colds, a flu, pains in the groin, in the back, knee and no one knows where they come from? And on top of it all, training is not showing any progress? And your motivation is going through the floor? Horror scene? Exaggerated?

Maybe. But some of you have certainly gone through the whole range of horrors. To always feel great as a triathlete on the edge of your performance limit is quite tricky. It is a balancing act where you can easily loose your balance. Counting calories, dividing these up into carbohydrates, proteins and fats is one thing, but the distribution of energy is another. The distribution of energy that is produced in the metabolic processes is not regulated by the intake of calories but by a number of regulatory processes.

The magic word is regulation

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When the performance limit is constantly provoked, the body is permanently challenged to remain in balance. To achieve this goal, perfectly well trained regulatory systems are required. It is a difficult task not to overexert or underchallenge body and mind. Beside regular training, body and brain have to be given the necessary time to recover, which is a very individual thing.

Triathlon is often pure stress merely due to the training volumes it requires. Thus it demands an optimal biological stress response. The best athlete is the person whose stress response is best optimized. If immune system and nervous system as well as hormones are at the peak of their performance, then regulation is robust, and your body is performing well. That means that each system itself works optimally and the cooperation between them too. What does that tell us?

The immune system is first of all a regulatory system, not a defense system.

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The regulatory systems guarantee that the heart, cardiovascular circulation and respiration, the skeletal muscle etc. adapt to the requirements. They also guarantee that energy stores are activated, that blood sugar levels remain stable, as well as body temperature and blood pressure. The regulation processes ensure that the muscles can do their job, and that enough energy is provided for all vital organs.

The immune system is activated within the first minute of stress. It releases a large number of factors (cytokines), which induce the adaptation of energy distribution within the body according to its needs. If there is an ongoing healing process – healing having top priority when it comes to energy distribution – then energy is lacking for other processes. That is why already minor health issues draw enough energy to make you feel weak and tired during a workout.

Delayed healing processes and proneness to injury due to a weakened immune system

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It is well accepted that physical activities, meaning moderate workouts activate the immune system and thus prevent illnesses. Yet as a triathlete, you belong to those athletes who are under physical stress and thus often present dampened immune activation. Endurance training always goes along with minute lesions of the muscles and other tissues. Torn muscle fibers trigger inflammatory reactions that need healing. Inflammatory and healing processes are both domains of the immune system. If recovery periods are insufficient, then healing of these micro-injuries fails. If flawed healing becomes a chronic condition, then immunity turns weak. The known consequences are proneness to injury, pains without physical substrate, delayed healing processes or increased susceptibility to infections.

Injuries and infections are drawing energy like parasites

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In the case of endurance athletes it may happen that the condition of the immune system resembles that of tumor patients. The immune system may then run into a situation of complete exhaustion. An overtraining syndrome, a chronic fatigue syndrome or a viral infection such as glandular fever can develop.

Metabolic regulation, wound healing, or preventing infections are not the only domain of the immune system, so is our behavior. It is also influenced by the immune system and its release of immune factors such as the inflammatory cytokines (interleukin-1, tumor-necrosis-factor and interleukin-6). They force us to slow down. Who would be able to understand this phenomenon better than an athlete trying in vain to access his/her best performance. A simple cold can prevent someone from unfolding his/her full potential. Listlessness, exhaustion, sleeping disorders, loss of appetite and weight are typical symptoms that can be triggered by the effect of immune factors (cytokines) on the central nervous system.

The immune system is involved in many games and actively present at many front lines

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Again, above all, the immune system is a regulatory system. In the scope of endurance performances and stress, it influences the metabolic regulation to a great extent and thus the energy allocation. During the recovery phase, it coordinates the healing processes and contributes to the build-up processes by influencing metabolic adaptation. At the same time it fulfills its well known tasks as defense system, and cares for wound healing.

As a triathlete, you should pay attention to the warning signs of a weak immunity. You shouldn‘t push your body any further, if you notice the following: prolonged recovery, unusual fatigue, lip herpes, sleeping disorders despite being tired, lack of appetite, weight loss despite sufficient intake of calories, pain symptoms without any obvious injuries (typical are back pain, pain in the groin or knees), badly healing wounds or increasing susceptibility to infections and injuries.These are only a few of the phenomena indicating a weakened immunity. The great art of training is ultimately to find one‘s own rhythm by switching from training stress to recovery when needed.“

Read  more on Biestmilch, immunity and athletic performance on the Biestmilch Blog. 

 

Course Reviews / 19 Juni, 2015

Ironman 70.3 Luxembourg – Bike Course Review

Ironman 70.3 Luxembourg is a beauty but not an easy or especially fast bike course.

With roughly 560 meters of climbing (compared to 800 mentioned on the Ironman website) it doesn’t sound like the most challenging course but taking into consideration that the first 36km and last 12km have barely any elevation gain at all you end up with about 560 meters on the 40km long middle section of the bike course.

You start out on smooth and fast asphalt along the river Mosel for the first 20km before hitting the turnaround point. The perfect start to get into your rhythm and ensure a good energy take in after the swim. On a normal day you will have a slight tailwind going towards Grevenmacher.

After the turnaround it is another 16km back before making a 180 turn straight into one of the steepest climbs on the bike course which surprisingly rides fairly smooth. From there on it is an up and down for a little before hitting the longest climb of the bike course. After that it is a rolling course with some short fast sections with speeds up to 65-70km/h before hitting the 70km mark.

At the 70km awaits one of the nastiest bits of the course. A roughly 1-1.5km long stretch along a beautiful alley that looks like it’s barely climbing but feels like somebody it pulling your rear break. When hitting the river again around the 77-78km mark it is a flat ride back home into T2.

Overall there is a few spots where you are facing head on winds but nothing too strong and other than a few short bits between km 50 and 70 as well as the first few kilometre when hitting the Mosel again on the way to T2 the asphalt is mostly very smooth and easy to ride.

Definitely a bike course for a fast choice of tires and tubes.

Weapon of choice for this review was the Specialized Shiv with Ceramic Speed upgrade, Power2Max power meter and a set of Rotor Rings 54/42 with 11/28 Ultegra cassette.

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Lifestyle / 18 Juni, 2015

Photo Shoot with James Mitchell on Lanzarote

Every once in a while I have the great fortune to go out and shoot lifestyle or sports pics with some seriously talented photographers.

Here is a little look at a shooting I did with James Mitchell on Lanzarote covering some lifestyle and sports shots. You never know what you end up using them for and one thing is for sure: We had a hell lot of fun and I bet you there is a little model in all of you! 😉

So you ever need a talented photographer on Lanzarote or the UK for your sports event, wedding or lifestyle shoot. He is your man.

Oh yeah and just click on the pic in the gallery and it brings the whole gallery to the front 😉

Sport Talks / 18 Juni, 2015

Sebastian Kienle – World Champ and Funny Guy

Dirk Bockel – Ironman Winner & Maybe Book Author

He is the Ironman Hawaii World Champion, 2time winner at Ironman 70.3 World Championships, Ironman European Champion and one of the toughest guys to beat on the bike.

After his 2015 Ironman 70.3 Kraichgau victory we sat down with Sebastian Kienle from Germany in the back of our Mercedes Benz V-Class to talk about racing, how much fun it is to race friends and push each other to the limit and what it takes to win Hawaii again.

As always Sebastian proves to be one of the funnier guys on the triathlon circuit.

As info: For once this interview is in German!

More Talks:

Dirk Bockel at Sands Beach Lanzarote

Camilla Pedersen at Ironman 70.3 Kraichgau

Elmar Sprink at Sands Beach Resort

Sport Talks / 18 Juni, 2015

Camilla Pedersen – The Comeback Kid

Dirk Bockel – Ironman Winner & Maybe Book Author

She is Ironman European Champion, ITU Long Distance World Champion and likely one of the top contenders for the Ironman World Championship on Hawaii in the coming years.

After her comeback season 2014 after being in a coma for 3 weeks 2015 seems to finally be taking her back to the very top.

We caught up with Camilla Pedersen from Denmark after her recent win at Ironman 70.3 Kraichgau and talked about her way back to the top, surreal experiences in the hospital and her ambitions to win the Ironman Hawaii World Championship.

More Talks:

Dirk Bockel at Sands Beach Lanzarote

Elmar Sprink at Sands Beach Resort

Sebastian Kienle at Ironman 70.3 Kraichgau

Sport / 10 Juni, 2015

Mercedes Benz V-Class & Ironman

6 Days, 12 hours a day. Ice cold ocean and an endless number of bike and run intervals. I don’t think I will ever forget the feeling of the lungs pumping, the lactate burning in your legs and the videographer just shouting in your ear „Go harder. I want to see action in the videos“.

That’s about what the shooting for the Mercedes Benz V-Class & Ironman Europe partnership felt like and looking at the video the guys must know what they are doing. This looks way more active and fit than I really am 😉