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Sevilla 2020 – M-day-1

Early up to get a final easy run. More like flushing the legs really. Got company from Shaun. A bit chilly when leaving the hotel at 7am. Heading to the start, turning back after 13 minutes. Losing a bit out easy back, but eventually got back. Light light stretch. That’s it. No more training now. Everything that could have been done is hopefully done.Got ready for the next adventure. Large breakfast (definitely not alike what I would have in regular day-1 breakfasts..). Meeting our little group and our guide for the morning, Samael. He talks funny, he gets intense on every topic he starts, he gave us anecdote on anecdote… and we are yet to arrive at the royal palace (Alcazar)…The time spent in the Alcazar disappears pretty fast with all those stories Sam tells us. So much history, so many beautiful sights. And the gardens… We eventually end the visit. I have already reached my daily steps volume… Feeling a bit worried for the marathon, I usually never ever walk this much the day before a race… but hey… the adventure continues with a bus tour. The red bus we have is only for us. Feeling really special 🙂 Almost royalties… Lots of photos and filming is done. We get a lovely sunshine and a bit of winds during the tour. Hoping it won’t be this strong tomorrow… It is time to get to the expo. Nice one. Decent size. Lots of people as we arrive around 1pm… Popular time… The pickup of the BIB and goodie bag goes quick. Free time in the expo. I take a nice photo indicating #FastestOnEarth with wings.. Might help tomorrow…We eventually meet important people for the race and the city of Sevilla. More pictures. City sightseeing provide t-shirts and for each one running on Sunday, they pledge 20€ to a charity association.Feels a bit tired now. Breakfast seems far away. And did not think of taking bananas with me. So I sip on my short drink until reaching finally the restaurant. Definitely later than my usual part-time, but once again, this is an adventure…Meeting the City Sightseeing family of runners. A large table await for us under even larger parasol. Because by now, the sun is pretty hot. Plates after plates arrive on the table. And those are appetizers. Feeling that I am eating easy too much, but the food is very good. I’ll probably feel sorry tomorrow, but hey… just enjoying the company too. Finishing the lunch with a plate of paella-like dish with pasta instead of rice. And time to get to the hotel.Antonio from City Sightseeing explains what will happen tomorrow and then we separate. My legs scream a bit. I close my eyes on the bed and wake up 1.5hr later. Better 🙂 Got my race kit ready and walk to the store to get banana and bread for my breakfast. I cannot wait for 6:30am at the hotel breakfast. So I stick to what I know. Meeting Nathan and Laura at the shop and then on the large square in front of the hotel. Starting the a short while, just chatting. 7pm and many people outside. Not that common view at home… Final goodnight and now my time to focus.Final race kit check. Nail painting. Prep for breakfast. Watching French tv to relax. Time to sleep.



No idea what to expect tomorrow. Preparations went well until December. Ok with the catch up getting mid-January, but honestly, the form is far from what I wanted and want it to be… Let’s take this as the adventure that it is. Let’s have this right foot tested and hopefully passing the test successfully. Let’s enjoy the sun and warmth of Spain. Let’s do this!


Sevilla 2020 – M day-2…

Nobody can ever convince me that having an alarm ringing at 3:20am means fun… and still it rang this early today. First night of the week which started before 11pm and did not mean visit to the ER (Tuesday) or the doc (Wednesday) or guys coming to check on the repair on the balcony…no, it meant going up to get ready for taking the cab to the airport…

Backing a bit into time here… After Ironman Hamburg, I wanted (and needed) to have a fast marathon in the legs. A proper one. With good preparations. Started with change of coach for triathlon focus (longing for having my running coach back but 2020 has 2 triathlons planned, hence more specific coach for this discipline). Agreed on one race in September and marathon focus towards Sevilla. Registered to the race before the end of August already.

Fast forward, new way of training, unsure of the quality of my results with this training but confident and truthful in my coach. December got this stupid stress-fracture-like in my right foot, messing up with the whole training. Converting running into indoor cycling in the living room. Back on track in January, but missing the longer runs really. Which in my mind are the key to get those good feelings in marathon.

Fast forward, receiving an email telling I won a contest which meant free entry to Sevilla marathon and the whole trip too… Could not really believe it. Exactly the week I started to look more actively to book my flights and accommodation for the race 🙂 No joke. City Sightseeing marathon challenge got me the best travel preparations as I have after that only focused on training (well… not just training, there is a life as well outside running…). Loooots of running indoors, more than I ever did before. Due to the real rubbish weather (to pick from: rain, cold, frozen asphalt, storm, wind…).

Fast forward, spent the last week trying to avoid people, which did not result work with one day at the office full of meetings, one day at the hospital for E and a few hours at the doc… yeah…life getting kind of in the way…

Too early to take the first tram and bus to the airport, hence the taxi @4:20am. Forgot my bagel at home. Good I took 2 single bags of sport drink and one bag of gummy bears with me… just in case. Meeting a colleague at the gate. We discovered each other a few weeks earlier through job meeting and leading to running talk 🙂 that we would go to the same race and with the same flights… Boarding and meeting the smile from Musse who also runs on Sunday. And Micke Ekvall is in the plane too… Wow! Talk about flying with the stars!

Slept all first flight. Dead tired indeed… Munich airport is joining Frankfurt on the list of the most boring airports in the universe… Toilet stop. Bagel purchase and time for second flight. Don’t dare to eat the stuff there. So preparing the second sport drink bottle and start digging in the gummy bears bag. More sleep soon…

Finally Sevilla, its sun, its nice people, its marathon… Got picked up by Rosanna from City Sightseeing and that’s when the real experience began 🙂 First a few pictures at the airport, then taxi to the hotel with a few detours to show me a bit the city. Free afternoon until the two other winners of the City Sightseeing marathon challenge arrive this evening. Dropped my stuff at the hotel, walked a little around. Quick visit to Decathlon to get some soft pants, then food hunting. About time… Too much to choose at tapas restaurants, so settling for Japanese. Sushi, bao and curry noodles, topped with some Aquarius drink. Maybe on the low side for total energy intake so far, but ok. Sunshine means staying out. A bit of research based in Rosanna’s suggestions and I started to walk towards Torre del Oro. Impossible to miss the green lines on the asphalt. The race vibes have started. Walking over a little tunnel and seeing the green lines are getting into it… Yeah… they said it was a flat route… and this happens around 2.5km after the start… and to be run TWICE as it will also be the for the second loop… Ok. Better knowing it now that discovering it on Sunday… Resting and sunbathing a while closer to Torre del Oro after having admired the building for bull fighting.

Time to get back home. A bit of shopping and then testing those legs. Faking asleep a while. The two British guys arrive with 30 minutes delayed flight. Real nice to meet them: Shaun won on his story and Nathan on his best tune (2:28!!!). Laura and Zoe are also with Nathan for this weekend adventure. Late dinner at a tapas restaurant with Antonio, Lauren and 2 former winners from last year edition.

Now it’s midnight. Really time to sleep!…