Since my university years I have been based in Heidelberg, one of the most beautiful places in the world, travelling the world in between and working for 15 years with Swiss soy pioneer Soyana. At present I am working freelance as a translator and webdesigner in marketing and communication.
As a student in the late 70ies, my dream was to go to a Zen monastary in Japan for a few years to experience Satori, but then I started meditation in Heidelberg and found my teacher in New York.
Soon I became fascinated with the combination of ultrasports and meditation and the concept of self-transcendence. In 1985 I swam the English Channel for the first time after only 5 months of serious training. Many lesser endurance events followed. Now, after my 50th birthday, I feel ready for a a new, bigger challenge. The "Channel Triathlon"* is inspired by Sri Chinmoy and I am dedicating it to his memory, his legacy and his vision of a Oneness-World-Family. It may be interesting to note that I have been a happy vegetarian and non-smoker since 1981.
(*Distance: Swim Dover-Calais: 33-50 km, Bike Calais-Bingen: 560 km, Run Bingen-Heidelberg: ca. 80 km)
more on: www.channel-triathlon.com
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Training for the Channel Triathlon Dover-Heidelberg Aug. 2008
July, 23th/24th 2007 - Fidelitas Ultra (80 k), Karlsruhe, 11 h 51:46 Aug. 5th 2007 - Zurich Lake Marathon Swim, 26,4 k in 11 h 20 min. Dec. 8, 2007 - ca. 51 k Heidelberg-Ziegelhausen - Mannheim and back Febr. 24th 2008 - 12 hour swim Zurich, 27.2 k March 15th 2008 - 6 hour race Nürnberg, 46.8 k March 27th 2008 - World Harmony Run Ceremony Rome, running with Tegla Loroupe April, 10th, New York - World Harmony Run Ceremony New York April 12th, New York, 12 Hour Walk in honour of Sri Chinmoy, 58 k in 10 h April 27th, Heidelberg Half-Marathon (2:28 h) May 1st, 15 km swimming outdoor pool Mannheim (5-6 hours) May 3/4, 24/12 h Self-Transcendence Race in Basel (73 km in 12 hours) May 15-17th, biking Brussels to Mainz, approx. 400 km (to check out the route) May 24, Mannheim Marathon (5:16) June 1st, 1st long swim in open water 2008 (15 k in 5 hours, lake) June 7, 6 hour open water swim (18 km), Silbersee near Roxheim June 8, 120 km bike ride to Amorbach and back (6,5 hours, hilly) June 14/15th 5 hours and 5 hours, Silbersee, Roxheim, appr. 30 km total June 21/22, 4 + 5 hours, Lake Constance, Kreuzlingen (27 km) June 28/29, 7 + 5 hours, Silbersee, Roxheim (approx. 36 km) July 5-7: 8 hours Dover harbour (16°C, in three days) July 12/13: 7 & 6 hours, Silbersee, Roxheim (about 39 km, 20-21°C) July 19/20: 19th 6,5 h Silbersee swim; 20th 6,5 h bike, 2,5 h run July 26/27 Dover: 7 + 6 hour swims (16C water) 28th: bike, 29th: 3 h swim, 30th: 3 h swim, 31st: 4 h swim, Aug. 1st: 2 h swim (VERY choppy), 2nd + 3rd: 3 h + 2 h, then tapering (1-3 hours) Aug. 14: 7 h swim, Aug. 15 + 16: 3 hours each Aug. 24: 200 km bike ride (12 hours) hilly, 26-29: 1-2 hours swimming/day Aug. 30/31st: 7 + 7 hours long swim, lake Sept. 7th: back to Dover, tapering
Sept 11th 9 p.m. (Dover time): start of my 2nd Channel attempt. After about 13 hours 40 minutes had to be pulled out due to hypothermia (water 17°C, air 15°C)
Planning to come back in 2009 to finish the swim and the triathlon!
Previous Ultras - Some highlights
1985 English Channel Dover-Calais, 17 h 01 min.
1996, 4th Intern. Zurich Lake Marathon Swim (26.4 km), 9 h 53 min. 1997, 12./13. July, 24-h-race Cologne, 103,5 km 1998, 20-22. Feb.: ultra triathlon, Canberra, 15 km/400 km/100km (10x olympic distance): 5 h 08/20 h 07/12 h 44 1998, 2./3. May, 24-h-race Basel: 138,51 km 1998, 9. Aug., Zurich Lake Marathon-Swim (26.4 km), 9 h 39 min. 2000 Triple-Ironman Lehnsahn (11,4/540/126,6 km).55 h 18 min 2003 Triple-Ironman WM Lehnsahn 54 h 44 min. (3. Platz Damen), Zurich Lake Marathon Swim (also 2004 and 2005)