April Runs

… hikes, kickbikes, skis and more

Další krám do garáže

Jak tak s přibývajícími lety nové ročníky Janathonu a Juneathonu ztrácejí sílu, vytrácí se i moje blogovací “povinnost” v angličtině. I já jsem ovšem jenom člověk, takže se ani mně nevyhýbá klasická past předchozí investice a je mi líto čas od času neposílit vlastní ego krátkým zápiskem. Můžu to ale udělat i česky.

Koloběžka se mě – s nákupem Miba – zcela zmocnila a já se teď pokud možno denně proháním po milované a nenáviděné tauernské cyklostezce a prozkoumávám domácí terén z nového úhlu pohledu. Najednou se vznáším 4 cm nad zemí a mám o dost větší akční radius. Rychlost kolem 15 ti km za hodinu je ideální k tomu, abych se během pár hodin dostala, kam potřebuju, aniž bych se ochuzovala o všední zážitky z cest.

A tak si jezdím, potím se, pozoruju jarní alpskou flóru a faunu, sbírám geocache a raduju se ze svých malých dobrodružství.

Dnešní výlet byl zcela ve znamení hledání vhodného místa u zlatonosné řeky. Místa, kam by se dalo snadno zajet autem, ale zárověň o samotě zatábořit, nerušeně rýžovat, vypustit děti a prostě si užít fajn den venku. Myslím, že mise je, vzdor deštivému závěru, splněna.

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28 km, 1 traditional cache, Mibo Royal.

Instead of Calgary…

Tuesday was supposed to find us on the plane to Canada, a long planned (and well deserved) holiday, 2 weeks of being pampered in our friends’ house, 2 weeks of talking about life, universe and everything, drinking good wines, hiking in Banff, exploring Alberta, playing with kids (5 girls alltogether in B’s family and mine)… But the chickenpox epidemy here in Pinzgau dramatically changed our plans: Yesterday morning, S woke up with 1 suspicious dot and before we finished our morning coffee, there were 7 of them and then 10 and 35 all over her body. We stopped counting them, unpacked our bags, called the airliner to check out of the plane and started feeling miserable.

It took us a few hours to recover and to absorb this change. And to explain to all 5 children that the long planned super holiday is being cancelled – or rather postponed. Each of us had her own way to deal with the situation: S was too tired to think about it, E was really really sad, V went gold panning and I hit the treadmill. Bad day.

Luckily, bad times in our house never last long. Especially on sunny days when I have time to close the front door behind me… So I hit the road/trail with my little pony Mibo again. And again, it was fun! What is it that makes you laugh when kickbiking? Easy workout passing Lengdorf, Uttendorf and through the forest path to Stuhlfelden, returning on the Tauern Radweg back to Niedernsill. And 10 minutes later repeating the first bit with E bravely biking behind in front of me. Some 30 km in total and great great fun! As the matter of fact, I repeated the routine today again, 30 km towards Kaprun castle and back home with exactly the same effect: smile on my face.


Alive and kickin’

No, I haven’t died or stopped running. And I haven’t stopped enjoying our life in the mountains either, quite the contrary. The thing is quite simple: the winter season was busy beyond words so the one activity I cut off was blogging.
During the past few months, we had many interesting guests. (As 12HonzaDe mentioned we should be gathering all the stories in a book). Also, we did a lot of skiing, hiking and ice-skating.

However, since virtually EVERYBODY around us started (trail)running, time was ripe to introduce a new activity. The one new sport that I recently became obsessed with passionate about is kickbiking.
Last autumn we quickly bought two low budget no-brand kickbikes and eagerly started practicing. It quickly turned out that pushing 15 kg of metal on hilly dirt roads is a great workout!
I started reading more about kickbikes and how they are made and realised we needed totally different machines: with solid yet light frames, low clearance, 100% reliable brakes and last but not least with wheels that can be centered and that actually turn. So a few days ago I met Lada Blaha, the one guy in Czech who knows all about kickbikes, at Velorama and bought the famous folding beauty on 20 inch wheels made in Roznov: Mibo Royal.

Already after a few minutes on Prague cobble stones it became clear that this vehicle is a whole different level. And so after 3 weeks of continuous sore throat and severe coughing I just couldn’t hold myself back anymore and went for a first Mibo trip around Niedernsill.


This kickbike is a dream. Contrary to what I was accustomed to with the previous one, it was an easy 20+ km ride on both paved and unpaved surfaces (Niedernsill – Uttendorf – schutzgebiet – Pirtendorf – Uggl – Niedernsill) and something tells me that there are more beautiful kicking mornings to follow.

End of Juneathon 2016

Yet another 30/30 score, yet another Juneathon successfully completed. With some trips abroad, professional duties and of course the kids, I needed to improvise but challenges make us stronger so here is the (not too impressive) statistics:

Run – 6 – 33.2 km – 5.8 hrs;

Bike – 8 – 0.0 km – 4.0 hrs;

Walk – 18 – 76.4 km – 19.5 hrs;

Cross – 9 – 0.0 km – 4.7 hrs;

Total – 41 – 109.6 km – 33.9 hrs

Overall satisfaction as my goal was 30 hours of physical exercise.

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Juneathon 2016

Can you believe this? Another Athon is here – as the matter of fact, it has been here for over a week now… It is my ninth one and sadly, it caught me a bit off-shape. Daily running hasn’t been my routine for a while but I still do almost daily fitness so for this Juneathon, I figured at least 45 minutes of cardio every day. So far so good. I have been stepping, rowing, spinning and cross-training on the elliptical for almost an hour every day and I have been running a bit too. The world is still beautiful up here…

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Good luck to all my fellow Juneathoners!
As always: Slacking is not an option.

JD30 and JD31 – Long Live Janathon

Twenty five years ago, I was a frantic sporter. I loved cross country skiing. The fate (and good reviews 🙂 ) brought one of my former co-racers to our guesthouse this week. Of course we fixed an evening on the snow together (Day 30). Weird feeling to be catching up after so long.

And then the last day of January, I shoveled snow – again. For me, this was a Grande Finale, a finish in style. I live the life I always wanted to live: with a great family, in the mountains. Looking after 40 guests (and 2 little Duracell rabbits) sometimes takes all my energy and on those days Janathon helps to put everything in the right perspective.

Thank you all for joining, reading, commenting and sporting daily. Your (virtual) support is magical. I will be there in June again!

January total: 31 days of 35 activities totalling 38 hours.

JD28 and JD29 – cross country

More of the same really. Plus beer. And friends.
Day 28: cross country ski
Day 29: cross country ski

P.S. If I manage to maintain the alcohol level under control, I may very well be able to finish this Janathon :-).

JD26 and JD27 – Still white

and still loving it. A lot of mist on Lechnerberg which makes it harder to localise and catch E as she races down. And a lot of (wet) snow which makes it harder to run. Made it from Uttendorf home today, partially through the woods.

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Day 26: ski
Day 27: run

JD24 and JD25 – another snow combo

No surprise that we went skiing again, on Sunday. The kids can now manage 4x Lechnerberg. But since the temperatures started to become normal again (and a fellow blogger commented on my lack of running :-)), I went for a run (in the snow!) today, for a change. The uphill section actually followed an official 1974 European cup sledging track:

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… which had to be rewarded later on:
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Day 24: ski
Day 25: run

JD22 and JD23 – More of the same

If you don’t like snow, stop reading. This Janathon is truly special for the amounts of white powder that we are happy to play in.

Yesterday, we discovered another kids slope, this time in Maishofen, at Schloss Kammer. Baby lift and sledging free of charge, nice sunny slope, horses watching us from the white meadow next to us… and NO people at all, just the four of us!
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And today, I went for another cross country workout to Uttendorf. Turns out there are now 3 different loops (the one around the lake is good for evening training just like last year). Perfect days, what can I say…

Day 22: ski

Day 23: cross country ski

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