Road to Ironman Frankfurt 2017

IRONMAN Frankfurt 2015 – Skynamic Drone Footage for Hessischer Rundfunk from on Vimeo.

It’s been almost a year since I blogged so today is for something almost completely different is a post about my “sporting” life.

For most people who knows me I have been doing quite a lot of sports since i passed thru my 30s 7 years ago and i have slowly ramped up to the challenge and distance in running and triathlon with marathons and half ironman.

Even if i keep enjoying doing it I have felt that i was reaching to a plateau for this year, it was quite a complete year with 2 half IronMan, one olympic distance triathlon, 2 half marathon (including one in Pyong Penh Cambodia) and 1 marathon in october in amsterdam. I can always improve my times and such but always had the full IronMan distance in mind since I have started doing and I guess there is no better time than now.

So after much thinking I decided to get myself to the full ironman happening in 2017 by frankfurt.


My preference would have been to do the ones in France like Vichy or Nice. Nice is quite popular around triathlete in france and I know that a lot of my friends are planning or want to do it but for me since Nice’s swim is in the open water and since I am such a bad swimmer (yeah really that bad) I can’t even think having to do 3.8km (2.3 miles) in open water with all the waves and such, ironman frankfurt has the swim in the lakes and an australian exit which make things much easier for bad swimmer.

Vichy has the swim in lakes too but the race happen too late in summer (30st of August) and since I have a 10 year kid and want to enjoy with him the holiday without having to worry about the training I’d rather having it earlier in summer like for Frankfurt which is the first week of July.

There is a nifty blog post on from 2010 but still relevant i would guess on the different difficulties of all the ironmens triathlons around the world. The easiest one seemed to happen in Austria which seems wonderful and very much enjoyable but the transport was looking to be a pain from Paris almost 11 hours drive and multiple change of train/flight to get there by public transport. For frankfurt it’s a relatively easy 5h drive from paris and there is the thalys which goes directly by train there. It’s even quicker than to go to nice from paris.


There is as well the fact that ironman frankfurt is known as being one of the most supported race in the world second only to challenge roth (which actually happen 200km away on the same day), the german are usually is a very groupe crowd of supporter. I ran Koeln half marathon in 2013 and really enjoyed the people there it was a very much incredible experience.

Frankfurt is too a big city so it is not going to be too difficult to find reasonably priced accommodations (it was such a pain for ironman 70.3 in UK in exmoore since it was out of nowhere and there is great bars and pubs for after party drinks if everything goes well hopefully đŸ˜‰

My running and cycling stats of 2012

And here is another year finishing and I am looking back how did I do with my fitness.

I have not done well with regard to my class A running race, I wasn’t able to make to the Jerusalem marathon due of passport problem of my kid and had to easy my running due of a bad ankle since February, but I still did a 1h32 half marathon by March and a 1h38 in L.A in Septembre, just in time to hit over 1000km by this year :

  Running stats 2012

I have instead did much more cycling finishing a easy sportive in wales of 130km and a pretty hard one in south of france of 160km with a lot of mountains climbed. I made it to 5000Km (for my racing bike not counting my city bike which has around 500km on it) :

Cycling Stats 2012

I would have done much more if I didn’t have a bad upper shine when I was in australia where I was going to do a month of cycling.

This year looks promising with the Madrid Marathon in april (going for around 3h20) and probably some pretty good cycling trips during the summer if shin/ankle get sorted, I am looking forward to 2013.

Toshiba Regza 32AV615DB blank screen HDMI Linux

I have this nice Toshiba TV which is connected to a small Linux box which act as a media player. I have been some issue lately the things works fine under the 1920×1800 resolution most of the time. But once in a while I get a blank screen and the nvidia driver telling me this :

(II) Dec 03 17:00:19 NVIDIA(0): “nvidia-auto-select”
(II) Dec 03 17:00:19 NVIDIA(0): Virtual screen size determined to be 640 x 480
(WW) Dec 03 17:00:19 NVIDIA(0): Unable to get display device CRT-0’s EDID; cannot compute DPI
(WW) Dec 03 17:00:19 NVIDIA(0): from CRT-0’s EDID.
(==) Dec 03 17:00:19 NVIDIA(0): DPI set to (75, 75); computed from built-in default
(==) Dec 03 17:00:19 NVIDIA(0): Enabling 32-bit ARGB GLX visuals.
(–) Depth 24 pixmap format is 32 bpp

Spend a long time trying to debug the thing by the software but it seems that the TV has some kind of trouble and if I switch it to another HDMI connection it does detect fine which I do at about every week… not a biggie but still annoying.

Automatic best resolution with xrandr

If you like me you have a big screen with your laptop and wants to automate when your X session start to get the best resolution, you can use that script :

[code lang=”bash”]

function get_resolutions() {
xrandr|while read -a line;do
RES=”${line[1]}x${line[3]} ”
[[ ${RES} != [0-9]* ]] && continue
echo ${RES}

for res in $(get_resolutions);do
[[ $_res -ge ${_BEST_RES} ]] && {
xrandr -s ${BEST_RES}

Stopped smoking

Cigarette Ashtray
While reading this entry. I just remembered that it has been a a litle bit more than a month that i stopped smoking. I was a real smoker, smoking a 25 red malboro every day. But one day i wake up (one of those
days you know) and like that i thought to maybe stop smoking. So far it has been good, the hardset part is the first days really, after it get OK. I hope it will last for me, i feel so much better i think since i stopped smoking.


Every year i am affected by a Malaria crisis i get exactly what is described on Wikipedia:

Symptoms of malaria include fever, shivering, arthralgia (joint pain), vomiting, anaemia caused by haemolysis, haemoglobinuria, and convulsions. There may be the feeling of tingling in the skin, particularly with malaria caused by P. falciparum. Consequences of infection with malaria include coma and death if untreated—young children and pregnant women are especially vulnerable. Splenomegaly (enlarged spleen), severe headache, cerebral ischemia and hemoglobinuria with renal failure may occur.

I think I got this when I was traveling in 2002 around Mexico in the region of Chiapas which is supposed to be a high risk region for Malaria (cf: here). And I remember that my first crisis was in La Havana in Cuba staying in the bed sick with diarrhea and fever for a week.

I don’t think there is any medicines against that, it’s basically for me every time the same and it’s not that bad as described by Wikipedia article.

Like this Thursday, I was at work pretty normal and by 14h I had a pretty big head each and could not look at my computer screen anymore. I left work and tried to come back by buses but during my bus ride I was feeling worse and worse and had to go at the first stop to take a taxi (it’s a long way from Leichardht to Bondi Beach). I just crash on the bed get crazy fever cold and warm all the day and night long. Until the day after I feel fine and ok.

Anyway stuff are getting ok now and I can move and type on a computer. And since a lot of people are dying from Malaria I am not so much unlucky to have only a couple of days fever each year.