While most of the European Top-Runners are preparing in Southern Europe for the upcoming season, I am staying in Germany taking benefit from some interesting competitions, like last weekend taking place the German Night Championships in the ancient “Landschaftspark Nord” in Duisburg. Although I already knew the special features of the industrial area, the conditions by night are always kind of special. Furthermore, the use of the compass is not very advisable in this terrain due to many metallic relics out there.
Equipped with a hightech Lupine I finally went out on the 8,4k course fascinated by the colorful athmosphere generated by illuminated buildings trying to focus on the map. I did an OK-race with several short hesitations and mistakes. Especially, the ones at the end at control 23th and 26th where I passed close by and had to return, made me angry. Anyway, it was enough to win the first title of the year, 1min ahead of Alexander Lubina and Ingo Horst in 3rd place.
On Sunday there was a regional sprint event held on the World Games 2005 model event map. The scale of 1:7500 as well as the course length of 4,2k made the race look more like a middle distance than a sprint. Despite the exhausting competition the day before, my legs felt quite good so that I was able to run at high speed the whole course. Apart from two mistakes at the 5th and 11th control I ran well. By catching up with Sebastian Bergmann and Roman S-Z. I realised that it was a good race. Finally, I finished in 1st spot more than one minute ahead of Sebastian. Next weekend there will be the first 10mila meeting including a sports medicine performance diagnostics in the University of Paderborn.