Thursday, October 30, 2008

x-alps 2009 now official

today I received an e-mail from Nick Warren that my application for the 2009 x-alps is now approved.
"Your application for participation in the 2009 Red Bull X-Alps has been successful.
We look forward to seeing you in Salzburg, Austria in July 2009 for the world’s toughest hiking and paragliding adventure race."

I am very excited and as everyone can see, I am in full training for it anyways. Now (besides the training) we are looking for all the logistics and sponsors.
We are also researching the right nutrition plan, so if anyone has some good ideas or can give us pointers, please do so.
Penny is very excited as well as she will be the supporter for the 2009 X-alps.
Now this letter will help Peter Shatalow (film producer) to get a TV network in place to create a documentary about our training, pre-race and the race.
Please feel free to send us any tips about training, nutrition, information about route and anything else you can think of.

Monday, October 20, 2008

October update

We had a great fall. The weather was great and we had a lot of fun. The kids spend a lot of time outside and so did we. The last month and a half (Sept & Oct) I concentrated a bit more on my hiking and walking. So I started to do hikes right from the house to the summit of Mt.Swansea (about 10km) I got my time down to 1 hour 38 minutes with the pack. I also worked lot on the downhill walks to strengthen the muscles around the knees. In total I did plus 20.000 m (65.000 feet) in elevation and plus 250 km in distance. Penny joins me a lot with these hikes and we both hike and fly from the summit. The good part is that all these can be done without any pain in the knees or achilles tendence. The rest of the time besides playing on the mountain and the kids we worked hard on fine tuning the and move now more aggressive into sales and marketing. No word if we will compete in the 2009 x-alps yet, but this should come now sooner then later.