On the 22nd of July, I will set of for the first ever Triathlon around Germany – 16-times Ironman distance along the borders of my home country.
I will swim roughly 60 km from Lindau across Lake Constance, switch to the bike to cycle clockwise around Germany until reaching Bavaria where I will switch to my running shoes and finish with 16-times marathon back to Lindau.
As always the trip is without support vehicle and I am carrying all my gear with me. The goal is to do it fast but not as fast as I can. It is primarily a warm-up and equipment test for my upcoming Triathlon 360 degree – The first ever Triathlon around the world.
You can follow my journey on the live tracker and I am happy about everyone who wants to join for a bit. Please be aware that I cannot answer personal messages about my timeplan; but my performance is pretty predictable and you can simply plan ahead and wait for me on the route.
Diary of my Triathlon around Germany
Start in Frankfurt/Oder flat through Brandenburg with good conditions. In the beautiful old town of Görlitz I take a longer break and then continue to the border triangle Germany / Poland / Czech Republic. From Zittau it finally gets hilly again and I am now driving west accompanied by a cyclist who invites me to stay overnight.
Super flat day with less than 200 meters of climbing through Friesland. Mostly nice and empty roads, some good company but definetely a severe lack of hills for a climbing like me. Just having dinner and then i will look for a nice sleeping spot next to the Elbe as i missed the last ferry to Glückstadt. Will take it early morning tomorrow and make my loop around Schleswig-Holstein with lunch in Flensburg and probably dinner in Kiel.
The first real mountain steppe through the Eifel. To the start it goes along the Saar and I am not alone for long. After a few kilometres Ralf is waiting for me and accompanies me all day long until Aachen. From Trier it gets wavy along the Luxembourg border through beautiful nature. A hardly populated area and we actually don’t pass a supermarket for 140 kilometres. The climbs are not long but continuous and with wide views to Luxembourg and later Belgium. Today the conditions are ideal with little wind and great weather. For the last kilometers the boys from Ryzon, a photographer and two other companions join us and we roll together through the national park. Shortly before Aachen there is a small stop in the beer garden and today we also have a place to stay overnight. 250 kilometres with 3300 metres of altitude difference, the last ones for the next few days, because from now on motorway bridges are the mountain classifications.
Great day on the bike. Got a lot of company with several people joining for some streches of my route. Nice climbing through Pfälzer Wald in the morning and then some strong headwinds in the afternoon through the Saarland. Now approaching Trier early morning.
Finally back on the bike. After a good breakfast I start at 8 o’clock always along the Swiss border. On mostly small paths it goes hilly until Basel and then flat through the Rhine valley. At noon it gets very hot and I take an ice cream break. I enjoy every moment and notice how my body slowly recovers from the swimming injuries. After 254 km I treat myself to a pizza and look for a place to sleep. I am looking forward to the next days on the bike.
I have now learned that headwind on the water is much heavier than on the bike and I will start earlier tomorrow.