"IronMan - Hamburg"
29th August '21 - Germany
Partner - @fahrradhandlung_willert_2.0
this is the bike with which from today I will train for the IronMan on June 6th in Hamburg !
Thanks to @fahrradhandlung_willert_2.0 for the partnership @j.guillem
I'll take cool pictures from the training in the next weeks.
training - December 20
here we are,
daily training for the IronMan race that will take place on June 6th in Hamburg !
Always with my tea, even if cold.
Thanks to @fahrradhandlung_willert_2.0 for the partnership @j.guillem
training - January 20
keep training, for the most by night, with any kind of atmospheric conditions.
training - February 20
keep training, with any kind of atmospheric conditions
Energy Bar by the partner PowerSystem
sometimes it's better to take it philosophically.
I hope we can return to normal as soon as possible.. it has been too long since I cannot perform (cause the virus restrictions).. for a songwriter, the main (and basically only) income business..
music & sport & family
music & sport & family, this is my life nowadays.
Working on the post production of a new single called "Semplicemente Noi", training for the Hamburg IronMan on June 6th and happily experiencing day by day to be a father of 2 wonderful babies.
Today I crossed several times the old German border (west/east). This stone is in the former east part, near the Schaalsee Lake. I just stopped a couple of minutes for a quick snack.. (2 energy bars @powersystemsport ).
The warmest moment of the day was th
March 31st training - sunset
March 21st - sunset
today at sunset..
the IronMan race in Hamburg, has been moved from June 6th to August 29th cause by the pandemic restrictions.
Not a so good new for me, considering I've been training hard since the middle of November 2020, through the daily cold, wind, rain, snow and ice of a long rigid German winter.
The only positive point is that I'll have more time for the swimming.. cause still the pools are closed.. but the water in the lake will be warmer in the next weeks..
Me & Protools.
In the last 2 months I have immersed myself in Protools.. among plugins, compressors, mixing, mastering.. just waow !!
I've already improved several previous releases and worked on new songs. I can say, I like to learn the infinite potential of these software.
Fundamental step for a DIY songwriter
this fantastic classical guitar, handmade by the famous luthier Sergio Piretti in Bologna (Italy), many years ago.. it was given to me as a gift..
It''s amazing to have a guitar with your same surname..
Bologna - May 2020
it's always nice to come back home sometimes.. every spot speaks to you..
Volo Via Con Te - Cover Picture
The shooting set of the new video, "Volo Via Con Te".. a new passionate song, written with my friend Nicola Catelli.
A love message on a vintage desk.
First time with a wetsuit
first swim of the season, direction Iron Man August 29, Hamburg.
Dawin in Seedorf - April 2021
it was a long journey.. back at dawn
Travemunde June 2021
I really like Travemunde.
First training session after a looooong time. Cool people & great weather.
See you again soon..
@ La Masseria - Lubeck - June 21
nice acoustic atmosphere @lamasserialuebeck surrounded by good food, a beautiful sunset and lots of horses.. see you soon..
June 2021 - Garden Concert in Kittlitz
the season of the garden concerts started today.. cool vibes in Kittlitz with Andrea on the percussions..
June 2021 - Training
Let's close this intense week with an hour's swim..
5 gigs and a strong increase in training..
June 21 - Das Thomas - Salem
nice afternoon yesterday at Das Thomas in Salem
training - June 21
today training, 90 km.. do you wanna join?
Forza Italia - European Cup
Forza Italia !!! 🇮🇹 ⚽
Forza Azzurri !!! 🇮🇹 ⚽
Let's Go !!! 🇮🇹 ⚽
Go Italy Go !!! 🇮🇹 ⚽
training - June 21 - Baltic Sea
reached the Baltic Sea in a long training this afternoon (125km)
Garden Concert in Molln - July 21
another cool garden concert yesterday in Molln..
Thanks guys for the great support..
Ps: still I can't believe as somebody made 250km to see me..
July 21 - Travemunde afternoon
my view yesterday while I was playing.. always surrounded by kind people..
July training - Zarrentin
yesterday training brought me in Zarrentin (ex East Germany).
Nice harbour with cafes and beach
Salem beach - July 2021
a day off..
Art Work Cover of the single - Semplicemennte Noi
my brand new single, "Semplicemente Noi" is available now on all the main music platforms..!!!
Let me know your comment.. ;-)
Baltic Sea on a sunny Sunday - July 21
today 171km of training..
here a cool spot on the Baltic Sea.
even if there was a strong wind (for the most against).. I think today was my lucky day..
while I was heading to Klutz I went through a forest.. the path was unpaved and full of stones and holes.. that path was around 2km..
sometimes I was hearing somebody whistling and when I reached the pavel street again I checked my little bag and the mobile was not there.. I stopped and after few seconds a guy very out of breath came to me and sa
Hotel Ristorante Italia - July 21
at the entrance of the place this evening.. @hotelristoranteitalia3
every friday evening.. kind people and acoustic atmosphere..
pass by the next friday..
coming back at the sunset - July 21
after a very long day on the bicycle.. coming back from the Baltic sea, I saw this sunset..
I just stopped for this memory..
Seedorf Garden Concert
another cool garden concert yesterday in Seedorf..
Thanks guys for the great support..
It was a good event..
This'd be the name of the garden concert of yesterday in Ratzeburg.
It was pouring outside so the organizers of this "building white dinner" came up with a last moment plan B.. they set up everything in the garage.
Compliments for this brilliant idea !
The atmosphere was great !
Candles, paintings, balloons..
Very kind people and I can say.. I played in so many places in my journey.. that was my first time in a garage.. unforgettable.
What'll be next..
nice & rainy evening last Saturday at @ Brandt's Gaststätte, Am Drüsensee
very kind people.
acoustic vibes yesterday evening @coworkinglauenburg .
It was a pleasure to be there.
last Saturday @ Schirmbar in Ratzeburg. Very beautiful spot.
The gadgets always with me..
swim portion - IronMan - Hamburg - 29th August 21
I had just finished swimming and I was going to the first change (T1 swim -> bike) and then start with the bike..
I heard and then saw my wife calling me.. ;-)
the swimming fraction was hard, but at least the water (17.5 degrees) was warmer than that of the lake in which I have always trained.. (the weather temperature was 14 degrees at 6:30 am)
bike portion - IronMan - Hamburg - 29th August 21
during the bike portion I tried to make up for the time lost during the first change (swim->bike).. it was a mix of wind and rain.. I was wearing a new jacket, knee-highs and tubular covers and I often had a feeling that there was no air..
I pushed 182 km, but managing.. after that a marathon was waiting for me..
run portion - IronMan - Hamburg - 29th August 21
the last portion of the race, the marathon.. I had a cramp at the very first km which forced me to a slower pace than my usual.. but after a great effort 3.8km of swimming, 180.2km of cycling and 42.2 km of running.. a dream has come true, that fateful "you are an IronMan !"
finish line - IronMan - Hamburg - 29th August 21
beyond the snow, ice, wind, cold.. beyond all the problems and fears..
after nine months of hard training.. a day pushing like hell.. at this moment everything was ending with the desired result.. "you are an IronMan"
BIB, finisher t-shirt, medal, id bracelet & Marathon colored bracelets - IronMan - Hamburg - 29th Au
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giving back the bike to Fahrradhandlung Willert 2.0's team - September 21
thank you @fahrradhandlung_willert_2.0 for the great bike & service.
the adventure started at your store on December 2020 and today is ending in the same spot giving you back the @j.guillem that I used for training and racing.. great bike !
we achieved the goal, the much-dreamed IronMan !
After two epic achievements, "From The Roots In The Right Direction" a coast-to-coast tour with a bicycle and a guitar across Canada in 2017 of 6.034 km, and "Not Only A Currency" tour solo with a bicycle and a guitar across 16 European countries in 2020 of 6.125 km playing concerts along the way, TOZ felt ready for a new challenge, this time the classic full IronMan competition.
There was a long and hard training period of 9 months.. a long winter between the cold, the snow, and then a spring and summer much colder than expected, between wind and rain in Northern Germany.
The race was tough, but luckily there were no unexpected events (no punctures and yes cramps during the marathon, but manageable). After 13 hours, 34 minutes and 26 seconds the dream has come true ! I can say it: "I am an IronMan"
(You can see the pictures at the top of the page, they start from the beginning of the training until crossing the finish line, for more details about the training and the racing day, just check the diary link below)
This venture was just a challenge with myself..
with everything I have achieved in my life, all the challenges & adventures I have experienced.. above all I never ever gave up.. I wanted this medal as a personal reward.. I felt it was coherent with everything, so far, I have done & given.. It was a huge sacrifice and a tough test, fortunately I/we made it real.. in this journey my wife was always beside me and we lived it together..
Date: August 29th 2021 (former on June 6th, then moved for pandemic restrictions) - Location: Hamburg - Germany
Finish Time: 13 hours 34 minutes 25 seconds - BIB: 1284
Swim: accomplished in 1 h 24 m
The one-loop 3.8 km (2.4 mile) ROKA swim course offers a first glimpse of this stunning race in Hamburg, which many consider Germany's "Gate to the World". The course leads from the Jungfernstieg jetty through the Binnenalster and the Außenalster lakes.. - (check the detailed pdf map)
I checked myself in at 5:20 am and already the "race atmosphere" was on.
the atmospheric temperature was 14 degrees and the water temperature was 17.5 degrees (so it was a wet suit race).
I ate some energy bars, I checked the pressure of the tires of my bike and I started to change myself.. around 6:10 I started to walk forward the swimming starting point. The atmosphere was nice, there was the dawn and you could feel the tension of the race, also in the face of the other athletes. My group started after the women "pro" and the "physically challenged" (PC) triathlete. I started my swimming portion around 6:50 am. The water was warmer than the one in the lake where I'm used to train.. but while I was swimming I found out that the Garmin watch with which had always gave me wrong data regarding the distance of the race.. so basically when I was thinking to cover the distance in reality I was just covering 2 km.. in fact for the real 3.8 km the watch was declaring 6 km.. I found out this at the half of the portion.. however, above this hassle I kept on until the end and I accomplished it in 1 hour and 24 minutes.
Bike: accomplished in 6 h 15 m 7 s
The three-loop 180.2 km (112 mile) Ventum bike course is fast and flat - perfect conditions for a new personal best! It leads athletes out of the city and towards the idyllic Vier- und Marschlande region. - (check the detailed pdf map)
the T1 (transition from swim to bike) took me too long, 21 minutes because a contact lent didn't want to stay attached to the left eye. The bicycle portion was cool, I tried to make up for the time lost during the first change (swim->bike).. it was a mix of wind and rain. I was wearing a new jacket, knee-highs and tubular covers and I often had a feeling that there was no air.. I pushed 182 km, but managing, after that a marathon was waiting for me.. I accomplished the 180.2 km in 6 hours 15 minutes and 7 seconds
Run: accomplished in 5 h 12 m 23 s
The four-loop 42.2 km (26.2 mile) HOKA One One run course was made for fast run times as it takes athletes through the heart of the city of Hamburg and along the world famous Alster Lake. Athletes will pass the finish line at the Rathausmarkt a total of three times for extra motivation. - (check the detailed pdf map)
again the T2 (transition from bike to run) was quite long.
During the last portion of the race, the marathon I had a cramp at the very first km which forced me to a slower pace than my usual. I ran the first 21 km and then I slow down walking for a couple of km. Then I started again following this plan, 100 meters walked and 400 run. At the end of the 3rd lap (4 to cover the distance) I was very tired, we can say quite gone. So when I was around 7 km to the end I started to run again until the end.
at the 40th km I finally wore the last colored red bracelet (green first lap, yellow second lap, blue third lap) and I ran for the last 2 km with all the people around me cheering me up.
It was really cool and strong emotion to face the finish line, the last 200 meters, knowing you were going through that dreamed finish line. After a great effort 3.8 km of swimming, 180.2 km of cycling and 42.2 km of running, a dream has come true, that fateful "you are an IronMan !"
I accomplished the marathon in 5 hours 12 minutes and 23 seconds
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