No, this is not my age (though one number is getting scaringly close ... more about that later), nor my weight (luckily!!!!).
Those numbers, in kilometer, is the distance one has to swim, cycle and run in order to call himself (or herself) an Ironman - and all that in one day.
Every year for the last six years, the Ironman European Championship takes place in Frankfurt, and the starting point is the Langener Waldsee - a very short distance away from were I live.
Now, I've been thinking to go there for the start for a a couple of years now, but there's a little problem: the Ironman in Frankfurt starts at 7:00 AM - basically, in the middle of the night!!!
This year I finally drug myself out of bed at the ungodly hour of 6:00 AM (consider, it's Sunday!!!) and got myself over to the lake and to the starting line. I didn't quite made it in time - traffic was a bit more than I expected.
Even though more than 2000 people swimming in the lake is an impressive sight, it doesn't photograph so well I did take some pictures and here's a small collection:
Nothing works like a bit of encouragement ...
Rainer, go wild, it's only 224 km to go ;)
That's the leading group - one of the guys had to give up after 140km on the bike, but the rest made it to the finishing line.
Changing area swimming to bicycle
And off they go - only 180 km on the bike and then, to cap the whole thing, a little Marathon.
I have to admit, I'm deeply in awe of those guys (and gals)
BTW, this year, Timo Bracht won in 8:09:15. The women took almost an hour longer, but, and that was really exiting, the race was decided on the the last 100m before the finishing line. The two ladies, Nicole Leder and Andrea Brede, did run the Marathon side by side, and in the end, Nicole Leder won by only five seconds!
If you are interested, here's some more information.
Cross-stitch: I did a little detour on my two big projects (the packaged from the US still hasn't arrived)
The pattern is called Christmas Labyrinth, but I changed the colors. I guess I'll make it into an ornament (eventually)
Ehr, and one final thing ... it's my birthday today. So I'm off to do a little bit relaxing before turning in (you know, I'm not getting any younger ....)