CD: Versengold – “Nordlicht”


Das Album ist jetzt schon eine weile veröffentlicht und ich bin froh, dass ich bisher noch nicht dazu gekommen war, diesen Blogeintrag zu schreiben – geplant war er von Anfang an, aber irgendwie bin ich dann doch nicht dazu gekommen.

Und das war gut so – denn manche Songs auf dem Album haben etwas länger gebraucht, bis sie mir ans Herz gewachsen sind. Das ist total wertungsfrei gemeint – denn diese Songs gibt es immer, die einfach nicht so zugänglich sind wie andere.

Ich habe mir die Fanbox bestellt – nicht, weil ich die mitgelieferte Kette, das Feuerzeug oder das Schnapsglas haben wollen würde – nein, denn laut Aussage der band gibt es die DVD von der Jubiläumsshow nur eben in dieser Box. Um es nett auszudrücken: genau sowas finde ich bei Bands echt derbe scheiße. Ich will den Kram nicht, und auch nicht so viel Geld ausgeben, aber gut. Friss oder stirb, ich hatte halt keine andere Chance. Ich hoffe nur für die Band, dass sie nicht auf die Idee kommt, die DVD separat noch einmal auf den Markt zu bringen.

Aber jetzt einmal zum Album selbst – über die DVD schreibe ich in einem anderen Blogeintrag noch etwas!

Was mir – einmal vornweg genommen – noch immer nicht ganz klar ist, wieso man das Album “Nordlicht” nennt. Bei diesem Titel hätte ich ein Konzeptalbum erwartet – eben mit mehr Songs wie “De Rode Gerd”, “Winterflut” oder “Teufelstanz” – mehr Geschichte(n) aus der Herkubftsgegend der Band. Stattdessen gibt es einen wilden Mix aus eben diesen Songs, (flachen) Trinkliedern und (angebrachter) Gesellschaftskritik.

Meine Favoriten

  • “Winterflut 1717” – dieser Text. Diese Stimmung durch eben die Musik und den Gesang. Gänsehaut. Ich hab den Track gehört als ich zur Arbeit gefahren bin und dieses Kopfkino, dass der Song ausgelöst hat, war da nicht gerade gut. Zugegebenermaßen musste ich kurz auf den Parkplatz runterfahren, weil es ging wirklich nichts mehr. Dieses Kopfkino habe ich immer noch jedes Mal, aber es ist einer der meistgehörtesten Lieder des Albums.
  • “Teufelstanz” kannte ich schon vorher – sie haben den Track schon auf der Jubiläumsshow letztes Jahr gespielt, und von den weiblichen Vocals einmal abgesehen finde ich das Lied einfach richtig toll. Es hat dieses Düstere, dieses mystische und eine wirklich tolle Melodie. Einmal gehört, dann bekomme ich es nicht mehr aus dem Kopf!
  • “Meer aus Tränen” – ich habe selbst zu Hamburger Zeiten etwas mit Flüchtlingen zu tun gehabt, und deshalb hat mich schon der kurze Vorab-Ausschnitt auf Youtube wirklich berührt. Und der Song im Ganzen ist so wahr, und er geht direkt ins Herz. Immer und immer wieder. Aber genau das macht ihn gut!
  • “Durch den Sturm” – das war ein Song, den ich nach dem ersten mal live hören einfach gut fand. Ich mag den text, aber besonders die kraftvolle musikalische Umsetzung – es macht einfach Spaß und ist definitiv ein Track, den ich auch gut und gerne mehrfach hintereinander anhören kann ohne dass es langweilig wird.


Hat ein paar mehr Runden gebraucht

  • “Braune Pfeifen” fand ich, als ich es bei der Jubiläumsshow zu erst gehört habe gelinde gesagt scheiße. Textlich fand ich´s schwach, musikalisch war es nett (jain, oder doch – mit dem Touch von “nett ist der kleine Bruder von scheiße”) aber nichts was ich auf einem Album oder in einer Liveshow brauchen würde. Nachdem ich es mir aber dank des Albums ziemlich oft zu Gemüte geführt habe (ich hab mich gezwungen nicht weiter zu schalten) fange ich wirklich an Gefallen zu finden an diesem Song. Und bevor hier jemand jetzt anfängt mit “aber man muss doch so einen Song gut finden, schon alleine auf Grund der Aussage” – ich unterstütze die Aussage, und die Positionierung ist wichtig. Die Umsetzung jedoch ist anfangs einfach nicht meins gewesen und so 100%ig wird sie es wohl auch nie sein.
  • “De Rode Gerd” – Anfangs konnte ich nichts mit dem Song anfangen, und ich weiß nicht mal mehr wieso. Je mehr ich ihn gehört habe, desto besser gefiel er mir – aber immer mit dem Wissen, dass dieses “ach ist doch ganz nett” ganz schnell kippen kann, wenn ich ihn zu oft höre. Ein tanz auf der Rasierklinge ist es mit diesem Song.
  • “Thekenmädchen” – der Song wird es nie in meine Favoritenliste schaffen, aber eins hat er geschafft: wenn ich ihn höre, kann ich einen angenehmen Pace beim laufen gleichmäßig halten. Das ist so ziemlich der einzige Grund, wieso ich in nicht als schlechter abstemple – denn an sich ist er thematisch und generell irgendwie zu flach für mich.

Kann man machen, kann man aber auch lassen

  • “Küstenkind” – Anfangs fand ich den Song total toll, aber irgendwie habe ich ihn halb tot gehört.
  • “Erinner dich” – Als in der “Vorschau” erzählt wurde, dass es ein Lied zum Thema Demenz geben würde, hatte ich hohe Erwartungen, weil ich weiß, wie emotional solche Lieder sein können. Und dann hörte ich den Track und war irgendwie so gar nicht berührt, und er hat mich null ins Herz getroffen. Seit es ein Video dazu gibt, habe ich mehr Zugang zu dem Lied bekommen, aber wirklich überzeugen tut es mich immer noch nicht.
  • “Butter bei die Fische” – es gibt Lieder, die man sich anhört und sich denkt “ja, und nun?” – besonders textlich finde ich den Song anstrengend. Besonders Partien mit “ooohoooohhhooohhhh” – echt jetzt? Ideen ausgegangen? Sorry, aber es mag ein guter Livesong sein (deshalb, und nur deshalb ist es nicht in der Schlusslichter-Ecke gelandet), aber auf dem Album werde ich getrost weiterschalten.

Meine Schlusslichter

  • “Die Blätter, die im Frühling fallen” – wieder ein Song der thematisch zu Beginn viel zu bieten hatte, dachte ich. Und dann habe ich den Song ganz gehört und er wurde leider zu einem Song, bei dem ich froh bin, dass es die “Song überspringen”-Taste gibt. Das heißt nicht, dass das Thema nicht wichtig sei – aber die Umsetzung erreicht mich nicht. Weder gesanglich noch musikalisch.
  • “Wohin wir auch gehen” – ich kann nicht einmal sagen, wieso ich dieses Lied nicht mag. Ich finde es textlich sowie musikalisch einfach nur öde – mir fehlt da so unendlich viel Pepp,
  • “Der Tag, an dem die Götter sich betranken” – ich habe, nachdem ich den Track das erste mal gehört habe mit einer Freundin geschrieben und wir waren uns einig: der Song ist in einer Halbzeitpause von Werder Bremen entstanden, weil man mal schnell ein Lied schreiben musste. Rein instrumental betrachtet ein guter Song, der Text geht mir aber, pardon, richtig auf den Geist. Während auf Shows alle den Song feiern, feiere ich einzig und allein den aufblasbaren ball in Weltkugel_Print. Den Rest könnte man mir und gerne ersparen.

 

Fazit? Ein Album, das so ausgefallen ist wie ich erwartet habe – mit für meinen Geschmack zu vielen Lowlights, die mich weder berührend noch begeistern können. Dadurch, dass die Band schon einige Songs vor Veröffentlichung gespielt hat wusste ich, dass ich meine Hoffnungen nicht zu hoch drehen sollte – und irgendwie…irgendwie bleibt trotzdem ein maues Gefühl über, wenn ich an das Album denke und mich immer wieder dabei erwische, wie oft ich dann doch auf “weiter” tippe wenn ich es höre. Da waren alle vorhergehenden Alben von Versengold anders – da war es vielleicht einmal ein “auf weiter drücken”, aber nicht so sehr wie es bei diesem Album der Fall ist.

Jede band verändert sich, und das ist auch gut und natürlich so – die Frage ist nur, ob man als Musikliebhaber jeden Weg mitgehen möchte. Diese Frage kommt bei diesem Album nämlich in meinem Kopf immer wieder auf – man verdamme mich jetzt als grottenschlechten Fan, aber wenn es ab jetzt bei kommenden Alben immer wieder so ist, muss ich mir überlegen, ob ich das (finanziell) unterstützen will.

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1 month (minus 1day) to go!

I don´t know where time has gone but today on the day is only one month to go still until my first triathlon sprint competition here in Wilhelmshaven.

Whilst at the beginning of my training I felt lost, in the midst of all this training madness I gained more and more confidence because I saw how times and feelings improved, how I was getting faster and how my foot was taking the pressure more and more well and the problems disappeared also thanks to the regular sessions with my physiotherapist. And that physiotherapist really always had a lot to do with my stiff muscles – no only in my injured foot but also in my legs and in my upper back and neck.

And then came the point around 2 weeks ago, where it all shifted. Whilst I was starting to desperately search for a wetsuit, my insecurities rose. The doubts returned. I am rather confident with running and biking, but the swimming part is really something I worry about because I don´t feel well swimming and I don´t get the crawl stroke going at all.

Plus I always feel like I have to train and work more on swimming – I now I tend to ditch it if I have to cut something short during the week, simply because it doesn´t make me feel good at all. And I prefer doing something that clears my mind and makes me feel good after a stressful and already exhausting day at work.

I now have found a wetsuit that will do for this and next year, but swimming in it really feels a lot different and unusual for me still – and I should be working on that. But instead of it making me feel better, it stresses me out even more.

And instead of now using my time with training and getting used to my new running shoes, I am bound to resting – firstly because I noticed that I am in overtraining (I am permanently tired, my performance is more and more going down the drain) and then secondly I have caught a cold and am really in need of rest. So it´s twice as shitty when it comes to feeling bad not only physically, but also mentally – because being able to improve is the worst thing you can do to me when I already feel insecure.

So the thing I decided on last evening was that my ambitious goal of finishing within 1:30h is what I am gonna ditch first. I thought it was doable and somehow I think in the end it will be doable, but right now I have to take pressure of my shoulders and the urge to keep training no matter what my body might tell me. So this is the first thing that I ditched – the new goal is 2h. And that´s it.

The second thing I decided on is that I give myself the possibility to back up from my half-marathon plans and ditch it. I noticed how it´s been mentally challenging for me to go running ever since I signed up for the half marathon in Oldenburg in October and even though it would be important to start and finish there (to get the fear about my foot out of my mind), if it won´t work, then it won´t happen. as simple as that.

So overall it´s not really going well right now, I am motivated (though it shifts from totally motivated to extremely into it) but my body has been quitting it more and more – so maybe I´ve been just too much into giving it all in each and ever of my training sessions. Now it´s time to recover and get back to normal and be fit for an amazing August with my triathlon, my cycling race and a little mud run!

Hotel: Motel Plus – Berlin


For the conference that I was at in June, we were booked a hotel because well, where could we sleep otherwise 😉

And I was curious how it was gonna be – the reviews online were pretty good, but you never know where those are coming from in the end, right?

Area/Location

Well, the area of Berlin where that was located – to be honest, I have never felt so insecure about walking to the supermarket in the evening like I felt back then.

Already going there by tram and then walking kinda showed that you gotta be made for such areas – and I wasn´t. Really didn´t feel great, but at least had plenty of food places and supermarkets and everything close by.

Bed

The bed was spacey for one person, and really comfortable – I either expected a totally soft or too hard mattress, but it was just perfect for me.

The pillow also was just fine, maybe a tad too thin for my taste but I slept really well on the bed, I mean I didn´t need the thin blanket anyways because we had 30°C+ every day and also during the nights, so…

Bathroom

Small but it had whatever you needed – a lovely big shower that had really nice hot water, too (yes, I am someone who kinda cooks herself by just taking a shower).

The toilet was really low – I mean, I am already small but this was rather for little children, at least it felt like it.

And the smell when you didn´t leave the aircondition on was really unpleasant – so basically whenever I entered my hotel room the first thing I did was starting the aircondition in the bathroom.

What really made me angry though was that you had this sign that only the towels will be replaced that are on the floor – so I placed one on the floor, but noticed that in the end they had replaced all of the towels. What is the sense of that sign if the staff doesn´t even stick to it?

Storing possibilities & other stuff

You had what you needed even though I would´ve perferred a storing where you can close the door – simply because my room tended to smell like sweaty sports clothing because I went running and had to put my cloths still somewhere…and it always tends to look messy, but for sucha  short stay it was okay.

The TV was nice, you were able to perfectly chill on the bed and then fall asleep watching TV 😉

Breakfast

No matter if you wanted something sweet, or salty, warm or cold – you had everything taht you needed for a good standard breakfast. I always had egg and bacon, with bread rolls and everything and some veggies.

I really enjoyed that they had even avocado, really. I was so surprised because that rarely happens. Also for drinks, you had the standard set of coffee, teas, and juices and water. It made me happy, I was always (too) full after breakfast because it really tasted good.

It all looked fresh and they never ran out of anything seemingly, so nothing to complain about at all.

Overall

Overall it´s been a pleasant stay, if I ever look for anything in that area for whatever reasons, I would really consider booking there – and even when needing to use public transport to get somewhere, it would be still a good choice because everything was clean, the staff was friendly, the Wifi worked, food was good. Nothing to really complain about, even thogh you always find things to improve!

Run: Bremer Brückenlauf (06.07.2019)

First time racing 10km afte rmy injury, and less than a handful of 10km runs on my list of this year. It´s been a test, it´s been a thing to do for my mind and soul, because I so want to see progress.

After my 10km runs in the training, I knew it wasn´t gonna be a walk in the park, even though the area where we´ve been running would´ve really been just perfect for a relaxed walk.

So I drove to Bremen in the rain, and my motivation was pretty low – simply because running in the rain is not exactly one of my favorite things to do. Especially not when summer has decided to leave and invited autumn and its temperatures to join – 16°C and clouds and rin is not what I had expected for this run, but I couldn´t change it.

Because I was there early, hardly anyone was at the starting number pick up – it´s been a quick one, so I chilled for quite a while in the car, relaxing and trying to loosen my muscle in the right upper legs because it´s been making problems. Then I went to grab some food at the supermarket on which parking deck I was actually standing – it´s been the official parking space for the event, and there has been enough space from how I judged it. In the end I changed and parked the car closer and by the changing rooms, but there not everyone would´ve fit.

The changing rooms are usually used by the local soccer teams – and let´s be honest: what´s so hard about cleaning those rooms a bit before opening the doors for the runners? It was dirty, the trash can was full of beer cans, and in the shower area you were lucky if you needed extra panties in the area of underwear – there was a random slip lying around. Wow, great, seriously. I´ve seen a lot of dressing/changing rooms, and I don´t need hightec and everything the newest equipment but it´s not too much asked for for it to be cleaned properly. That really got me disgusted, to be fully honest. And I was angry – and happy that I hadn´t planned on taking a shower after the run anyways.

The run itself was as expected with bridges (no surprise with that name), a bit up and down and everything – but the view just made up for everything, really. Whenever it got a bit tougher, a look into nature made me forget the struggles and pain. It was really lovely, and that was why I wanted to participate in the run in the first place. I managed a good and stable pace, also because I had a runner ahead who was the perfect pace maker for me. Never seen anyone running in such a stable pace without a running watch. It was simply amazing and helped me so much, because I am not really good at that.

The two points with drinking were placed well, the volunteers didn´t really get behind with having enough water ready partially – I skipped the first one, but took a little time to walk and have some sips at the second one, simply because my mouth was dry and my body really begged me for some liquid. And that whilst my upper right leg really started making problems, the muscles were blocking massively and trying to loosen them whilst running was tough but here and there it got better – before it got worse again.

The last metres were the worst ones – because we had to get up one last bridge, and it felt like it was massively steep and it was terrible, my legs just killed me and I was so damned tired when I reached the finishline and managed to pass by one other runner on the last metres. I was exhausted and really enjoyed the after race food and drink – alcoholfree beer, water, apple juice and then water melon, apples, banana, chocolate bread rolls, normal breadrolls…and that was just what I needed, because my sugar level in my body was really low and I felt dizzy. But I recovered quite quickly, and then went to have my medal engraved and then met with the other girls that I had met up with already before the run.

And then I was really happy when I got to the car because the cold and windy weather was really making me shiver and freeze – and quickly changing the clothes did a good job. I felt refreshed, and regained some power and was ready to drive home.

I would´ve said “let´s do it again next year” – and I would do it, but as I am gonna be running the half marathon in Hamburg just a week before next year´s edition, I have to pass out.

But I can just tell everyone: GO AND BOOK YOUR PLACE!

Hey hey, what´s up?


I feel like I keep on saying sorry for being such a lazy writer – and it feels like it´s coming in turns. Times where blogging is really easy going and then times where I don´t spend much time on the computer or anything and am pretty much not having a clue what to tell about,

I still have a little report coming for the hotel that I stayed in for the conference in Berlin, and then last week´s training for the triathlon and a little review I wanted to be writing about the latest album of the German band Versengold. But I am lacking words, it´s like my brain is pretty much blank lately.

But I am gonna try and sum up a little now:

Nyckelharpa

It´s been a time of downfalls and steps back rather than forward, which extremely felt demotivating. I haven´t touched the nyckelharpa for days now, even though I really try to kick my ass.

Work

Work really feels stressful today, every day some new struggles – it´s not uplifting at the moment, but I am certain it´s gonna pass. Somewhen. Somehow. Eventually. Possibly. All I know is that I really feel exhausted after the office times, but at least I am getting shit done. Mostly. Sometimes it doesn´t feel like it but when I look back – yup, working well.

Running

I´ve gone nuts and signed up for a half-marathon for the end of October and I am really not sure anymore if it was a smart idea because I feel like I´ve put myself under pressure with this. I am pretty sure that I can make it but right now even 10km just feel like a world trip and I have like 3,5 months only left to really get into a shape that it actually makes sense.

And to be totally honest, I am scared that my foot might make problems again afterwards – but it´s exactly this mindset that I need to be breaking because it blocks me. It´s like this damned dark cloud over my damned head each and every time I go for a run. I have no trust in my foot anymore, I over-analyze each and every little bit of aching body in the fear it might be something dramatic. It´s just really struggle with my mind at the moment.

Triathlon

It´s 5 weeks to go and I am not feeling prepared anymore somehow. It´s like someone stole my confidence, and whilst I am still searching for a good wetsuit, I at least have new running shoes. But I feel like I need to train harder and more and everything but neither body nor mind are cooperating. I am simply not motivated either – I am working towards this goal since last October, and it starts to feel like a tiring road that I am walking all on my own. Social Media is the only place where to share my struggles, questions and sometimes fears, and it´s tiring currently.

Nyckelharpa – May & June 2019

Yep, it´s been quite a while since I shared something about my nyckelharpa practicing at home with you. Simple reason why: I was not motivated at all, I hd no idea how to fit the playing into my schedule of work, physiotherapy and sports and once I did play, nothing worked out.

The latter one – no surprise, if you play just once a month for half an hour. So after the course in Altenmünster and some chats I had, I decided on changing my tactics in regards of practicing. Before I always tried to play once a week and then for 30-60 minutes. let´s face it, that never worked. And If I did it, then it was no fun anymore after that half an hour latest.

One more thing I did change that my back really appreciated. I changed the way how the strap is putting pressure onto back/neck area. I often had back pain and a stiff neck and painful shoulders, and now that I switched it feels much better, though getting used to the new way of holding it also did need some time and patience.

The outcome? I currently play around 2h a week, and I can see the improvements because I practice nearly every day so my fingers do remember more and I learn faster. But sure, there is still shitty days, like this weekend on Saturday. The first session was terrible as hell, the second one was better but still I wanted to throw the nyckelharpa out of the damned window. I am not good at patience with myself. Never have been, never will, I fear.

Anyways, let´s have a look at some tunes that I played in May and June – which are all pieces that I played first at the course in Altenmünster (okay, one is from last year Altenmünster)!



Fontaine la jolie (Hanter Dro)

I liked it already during the course and it also went well there already, but after not having played it for quite a while (aka a full month) my fingers did struggle her and there to remember and figure out the bowing and which notes to connect where and when not and all of that…

Amazing thing about it is: you can play it in an eternal loop, and drive yourself into some sort of trance. If you haven´t gone crazy beforehand 😉

Rosenwalzer

To be fair, I wasn´t even sure if we really had played it at the course, but seeing that I had noted down stuff next to the sheet music, yep, we have played it. I suppose. And once I started playing it, I also remembered it rather quickly. With this one I partially struggle because when changing the string, the bow is “jumping” – not really visible on this video, but usually that happens and destroys the sound and gives me an unnice feeling. No idea how to really get rid off it. I hope it´s not becoming a bad habit…

Jetlag

This tune was writen by Johannes Mayr, not only my nyckelharpa teacher in Altenmünster but also the person who gave birth to my nyckelharpa. And even though I struggled at the course because the fever made me unable to concentrate when we played this, I loved it. And that hasn´t changed, even though my fingers here and there probably have a different opinion on how great that tune is 😉

Now I only maybe need to play it a tad faster ^^

En avant blonde

Last but not least, “En avant blonde” – no, I did NOT learn it this year but last year in Altenmünster. And I hated it back then because I just couldn´t wrap my head around it and whenever I tried, it sucked. And it got worse and worse to the point I didn´t even bother to play it.

To be fair, no idea why I decided on kicking my ass and repeat it until I get it right – nd not just the first part. And I really learned to enjoy the tune, it´s not even been too hard to pick it up. I am really clueless where the problem has been back in the days.

SwimBikeRun Training – Week 40

Week 40 (17.06.-23.06.2019)

After week 39 was a strong one, this one was…well, the opposite to be honest.

On Monday I went for another one of my bie trips and I really enjoyed it, even though my legs already felt pretty heavy really quickly. I pulled through with my two hours because I needed to free my mind, but in the end it was good when it was over.

On Tuesday I tried a run, and after 1,5km I gave up because it simply didn´t work – neither physically, nor mentally. So instead I went for a longer walk and also in the sand – and managed to lightly cut my foot and it was all bruised. Shit happens, but as I was planning a little timeout anyways, it wasn´t too bad.

Especially since I had planned to sooner or later enjoy a little timeout anyways – as I always do once a month to free mind and body and be fresh again. More and more I notice how heavy the training is on my body, and my tiredness is growing – tirendess of the body and mentally tired of really working out.

So all of those little walks to the sea that I did in that week really did a good job and were desperately needed – and during that time I also decided on changing my booking for Gorch Fock run from 10km down to 5km because I felt that my body was just not ready. And that was really the best decision as I figured out during the run itself.

Generally it´s getting harder and harder to get focussed, the closer the competition actually comes because all my doubts and the anxiety of failing return. Every day a bit more. And every day I try to push harder instead of doing my training with my brain on. It´s just so not working, and I have no idea how to stop my brain from messing with me so badly.

Run: GorchFock-Lauf (23.06.2019)

Initially I had been signed up for the 10km distance, but as I felt like I was not yet ready for it I decided to go and ask if I could change it to 5km and it was amazing how easy it was – no costs, no hassle, nothing. I was really surprised about it because many events make it a pain in the ass.

The evening before the run I decided on already picking up my starting number and everything to make sure I don´t need to get up earlier on Sunday – I am no morning person and a run starting at 11:15am means that you need to pick up your stuff by 10.15am. And that´s simply too early for me.

So in the evening I went to the pick-up place and I am really grateful that someone told me to first check my starting number because they did not sort the numbers by surname as it´s mostly done, but by starting number. And that starting number you didn´t know in advance, so you had to squeeze together with others in front of the printed lists and search for your name. No, I was not amused. And I figured I wasn´t alone with the being surprised, because many people in the long queue ahead of me had no idea about their starting number, slowing everything down. Same goes for people picking up the numbers for big groups – why not do that separately?

So I got my starting number and a little filled bag – I love these goodies, even though I have many bags this one still will be used a lot because it´s something special. Then I went home and did my own Pasta Party – I never go to those offered by the runs, it´s not really helping my focus to be around people

On Sunday I woke up and got ready, and it was warmer than expected – the tenperature in numbers is one thing, the temperature when you´re standing in the sun and warming up is another thing. It felt like being grilled alive, also during the run that had a nice route that I also often actually run when I only want to do 5km.

The start and the first hundreds of metres were really annoying because people did not bother to accurately stand according to their speed, and children again did not watch where they were running and I nearly smacked one out of the way because it was there all of a sudden. I don´t get why the parents that were with the kid did not take care of that. Anyways, the first kilometre I ran too fast, and that killed me then because the sea was lacking its water and thus wasn´t as refreshing as expected. Shit happens. The sun was burning down and the sweat was running and so was the sweat mixing with my sun protection and my eyes were burning.

I had some little cramps here and there and the heat just killed me – the drinking stand and also the water sprinkler didn´t help anymore, my heartrate was so high that I actually should´ve just immediately stopped it. But I didn´t – not sure if it was smart but a DNF on a 5km race would´ve been kinda hilarious. So I pulled through and on my famous last kilometre again passed by quite a few other runners – but let´s be honest, I was close to passing out after the finish line.

I got my medal and grabbed some banana, some drinks, some water melon, some drinks, some apples, some water…well you get the point I suppose.

And then I noticed: oh, I have booked to have the medal engraved with name and time, damn, I nearly would´ve forgotten about that! So I quickly went there and then headed home, adding some stretching to my after-run routine. And I was sweating. And sweating. And sweating. It just didn´t stop, same for the need to keep drinking as if there was no tomorrow.

Conclusion?

Anyways, I really enjoyed the run even though those temperatures and I will probably never become best friends. It was well organized and let´s be honest – I cannot wait for next year!

Tag der Niedersachsen (14.-16.06.2019)

Photos: https://carinaullmannphotography2.wordpress.com/2019/06/22/fireworks-tag-der-niedersachsen-wilhelmshaven-06-2019/

I am not sure why it´s called “day” when it happens from Friday to Sunday, but maybe that´s the Northern German way of saying it. No idea – all I knew was that the city was gonna be crowded and a lot of things were happening when trusting the programme.

I didn´t expect though the downsides of it all – luckily I was doing homeoffice on FRIDAY so I was able to park my car early, because from early afternoon on it felt like everyone came to the center with their cars instead of using the parking spots that were arranged. Lods of cars being surprised by the barriers blocking the street to the center and everyone had to somehow go back and take a guess where they drove past…yup, my apartment.

So on Friday all I did was go for the nightly fireworks because and had a crepe and then walk home in the dark and by the sea. The fireworks was amazing, you know I just love them and photographing them was so much fun. I met new people by accident and had good chats whilst waiting but then was really happy to be able to flee all the masses of people. I am not used to this anymore, and everything being so overly crowded feels so stressful. The more or less silence (except the noise from the several stages) that I had when walking back home by the sea felt really relaxing then. I edited a couple of photos and then fell into bed, being totally tired.

Photos: https://carinaullmannphotography2.wordpress.com/2019/06/22/michael-schulte-tag-der-niedersachsen-wilhelmshaven-06-2019/

With editing photos I also started SATURDAY, before I headed out to see Michael Schulte on the stage that was literally around the corner – and also saw some other acts that happened before (yay for delays!). It was nice and to be honest I really fell in love with Michael Schulte´s voice – I had known him before but never seen him live. So stunned, so beautiful.

Then headed home, edited photos and let the rain pass and then headed out to check out all the open ship stuff that was happening and go for a walk – in the end I was spending a few hours and it was really interesting. I love to learn about all the ships and the technical stuff that they use. Just the amount of people was annoying, and that though it´s not even been sunny but clouded and a day with really unstable weather. The programme on the stages literally had something for everyone, for the kids and some more rocking music, dancing, pop music and and and – and that for the whole day! Also until the evening hours, and if you have a stage close by you were able to hear that even if you had your windows closed. It was a tad annoying, but no can do.

I had planned to be going for one or two shows in the evening, but I was simply exhausted from the week and all the walking I did on Friday and Saturday – instead I edited photos and then went to bed rather early.

 Photos: https://carinaullmannphotography2.wordpress.com/2019/06/22/mixed-shots-tag-der-niedersachsen-wilhelmshaven-06-2019/

SUNDAY was a day where I just wanted to have this madness end early, please. So I went for a run to flee all of this – and it was a good choice because when I walked back and had to go through part of this madness, it already annoyed the hell out of me. The masses of people and cars and noise, this is not the Wilhelmshaven I love.

By afternoon you saw the cars and people leaving, it was becoming more and more empty and quieter again. It´s been a nice weekend with a lot of stuff going on in the city where poeple tend to claim that it´d be a dead place. But then I really enjoyed the silence and peace again. With less people.

SwimBikeRun Training – Week 39

Week 39 (10.06.-16.06.2019)

Time is running, it´s less than two months to go until the triathlon and that makes my doubts and insecurities return and grown again, so it´s not only a battle against bodily problems, but also against the bitchy mind.

Swimming

As Monday was a bank holiday, so I used the time and grabbed my bike and cycled to the outdoor swimming place and was happy how little people were there – finally proper swimming without needing to swim slalom around other swimmers. It was a lot of technique training and finally 50m of crawl stroke without feeling like drowning. It´s been a start but there is still a ton of work to be done.

And on Wednesday I went swimming at beachclub Nethen in the lake for the first time – and had to figure out that I really do need a neopren suit because it´s been so freezing cold that it literally took my breath for a few times. I still managed, but it´s nothing to do more often.

Biking

So yes, biking to the swimming place and back really did make me exhausted on Monday, but it´s been a good training to hop onto the bike directly after swimming. On Friday again I hopped onto the bike and it felt great to be biking in the evening – a nice round that had become longer than planned because sucking up sun is the best thing ever!

Running

On Tuesday I did the first run, 7km that felt like a 100km because of the weather and me just not feeling it – it was pretty frustrating to say the least. So when my physiotherapist told me that I don´t need to stick to my “1 additional km every two weeks”-plan anymore but can rathe rjust run the distances where my body still feels good.

So that´s what I did on Sunday and ended up with a 10km run in amazing weather that just alltogether felt so fab – and the worst sore muscles in my lifetime (okay, I am exaggerating but still, sore muscles from hell!).

Stretching

Yes, I am still on it, but it starts to get annoying to be totally fair and I really have to kick my ass to keep doing it after each and every training session. The sessions have become shorter though and I regret that because my body is also complaining, so the goal is to step up again!