"IronMan - Hamburg"

29th August '21 - Germany

IronMan - Hamburg
Partner - @fahrradhandlung_willert_2.0

Partner - @fahrradhandlung_willert_2.0

hey guys, 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

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

training - January 20

keep training, for the most by night, with any kind of atmospheric conditions.

training - February 20

training - February 20

keep training, with any kind of atmospheric conditions

Feb 2021

Feb 2021

Energy Bar by the partner PowerSystem

March 21

March 21

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

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 31st training - sunset

training time

March 21st - 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..

April 21

April 21

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

May 2021

May 2021

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

Bologna - May 2020

it's always nice to come back home sometimes.. every spot speaks to you..

Volo Via Con Te - Cover Picture

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 time with a wetsuit

first swim of the season, direction Iron Man August 29, Hamburg.

Dawin in Seedorf - April 2021

Dawin in Seedorf - April 2021

it was a long journey.. back at dawn

Travemunde June 2021

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

@ 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

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

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

June 21 - Das Thomas - Salem

nice afternoon yesterday at Das Thomas in Salem

training - June 21

training - June 21

today training, 90 km.. do you wanna join?

Forza Italia - European Cup

Forza Italia - European Cup

Forza Italia !!! 🇮🇹 ⚽ Forza Azzurri !!! 🇮🇹 ⚽ Let's Go !!! 🇮🇹 ⚽ Go Italy Go !!! 🇮🇹 ⚽

training - June 21 - Baltic Sea

training - June 21 - Baltic Sea

reached the Baltic Sea in a long training this afternoon (125km)

Garden Concert in Molln - July 21

Garden Concert in Molln - July 21

drifting away.. 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

July 21 - Travemunde afternoon

my view yesterday while I was playing.. always surrounded by kind people..

July training - Zarrentin

July training - Zarrentin

yesterday training brought me in Zarrentin (ex East Germany). Nice harbour with cafes and beach

Salem beach - July 2021

Salem beach - July 2021

a day off..

Art Work Cover of the single - Semplicemennte Noi

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

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

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

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

Seedorf Garden Concert

another cool garden concert yesterday in Seedorf.. Thanks guys for the great support.. It was a good event..

August 2021

August 2021

#creativity 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..

August 2021

August 2021

nice & rainy evening last Saturday at @ Brandt's Gaststätte,​ Am Drüsensee very kind people.

August 2021

August 2021

acoustic vibes yesterday evening @coworkinglauenburg . It was a pleasure to be there.

August 2021

August 2021

last Saturday @ Schirmbar in Ratzeburg. Very beautiful spot. The gadgets always with me..

swim portion - IronMan - Hamburg - 29th August 21

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

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

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

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

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

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 !

Introduction


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.. 

Race Details


Date: August 29th 2021 (former on June 6th, then moved for pandemic restrictions)  -  Location: Hamburg - Germany

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)


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)


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)

Partners
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