Two hours, twenty-eight minutes and one second – that is how long it took me to skate 42.195 km today. Good thing the marathon started so early (9.10 am), or it would have been unbearably hot. I crossed the finish line before it got real hot after noon, and I’m thrilled with my time. During training, I managed to skate this fast only once or twice, but that was for 20 km and in cooler weather; I never imagined that I would be able to do this for the whole marathon!
I have great respect for the inline-skaters who managed to finish in about half my time, and I’m determined to do it faster next year. You can already register for the Mittelrhein-Marathon 2006 on June 18 (my 31st birthday).
Photos of today’s Marathon will be available at Finisherphoto on or after June 25th.