Not one but two walking related conferences just before spring starts

This year I went to the Mountain climbing conference in Nieuwegein as well as the Walking & Cycling Fair in Utrecht. Both fairs brought inspiration and insights into what I want in terms of walking.

Mountain climb congress

Indeed, it was mainly about hiking and climbing in the mountains. Climbing is not for me, just like walking in the cold and rain. Still I went there with a purpose to see if I could find information about the 88 temples route in Japan. Unfortunately they did not have anything about this trail. A lot of other walks, but less the walks that I find attractive. A lot of walking at height and many routes that must be covered with special climbing equipment. I would like to walk a life a little longer so I leave these trails to others.

Walking & cycling fair

Look this is more my thing. Almost every stall had a route that I would like to walk. I got overflowed by inspiration and did not see anything of the bicycle part of the fair. The multi-day hiking trails in the Netherlands and beyond attracts me. I heard them call my name at the fair :-).

Trained through Corona time

The first goal is to come from the corona era with many local walks in the legs. So I am walking all the ns hikes in the province of Utrecht. There are 12 in total. I also bought a booklet with 11 walks in the province of Utrecht. This book contains shorter walks in terms of kilometers, but well worth mixing them up. I also found some walking routes on the internet near my house. So I am going to try them out too.

But when we can then….

When we finally have our freedoms back, I would like to finish the Pieterpad, hike the Utrechtsepad and Westerborkpad this year. And if we can go abroad, then I would like to take a route where the sun is still shining, so walk to Rome via Assis, for example, or take a train and walk at Lece (southern Italy). But there are more ideas. So first wait and see what will happen to our freedom in the comming months.

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I know we have to keep a distance of 1,5m. And I do that on my hikes, which are mostly on empty routes, because I hike during the week not in the weekend mostly.

If you would like to start with hiking I can recomand you to hike short distances first or maybe take a hiking course. I found this online hiking course that Wanda gives. It is a good way to prepare yourself for hiking.

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Farewell to Strijp-S in Style

How do you say goodbye to Strijp-S in style?

I lived in Strijp-s, Eindhoven for 2.5 years and saw the marathon runners and runners passing by, but never organized walkers. After my move I found out that the Eindhoven marathon has a walking edition the Saturday before the marathon. The perfect farewell in style!

Walking edition marathon of Eindhoven

So I registered for the 20 km. The perfect farewell in style, because with the 20 km you mainly walk in the area where I lived. So I went to Eindhoven Strijp-s for the start and walked there through parts of Eindhoven that I knew, but also pieces that I did not know. Even though I had lived very close to those places.

Farewell to Strijp-s in style

The weather was good, read dry. It was already autumn, so we needed a coat and sweater. This walk was also a perfect preparation for the 4 Days of Marbella that I would walk later in the year. The weather was not comparable, but the distance of 20 km was. Even though I would walk 20 km 4x in a row in Marbella.

The finish

The finish was great, because it was almost at the door where I had lived. So the perfect farewell to Strijp-S in style. What more could you want in the same street where you lived received a medal as a farewell to Strijp-s.

Bye, Bye Torenallee & Eindhoven!

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Hiking in the tropics

There is a big difference between hiking competitions and running competitions. With running it goes on time, best time. With Hiking is about getting to the finish before a set time, normally. But not at the KLM marathon walking & Hiking 5k.

KLM marathon Start & Finish

The KLM Marathon is an event organized each year on Curaçao. You can participate in five distances, Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, Trail and 5K. It started as a running event, but this year you could also hike the 10K and the 5K. So, when my aunt asked if I wanted to participate, I said yes. Knowing the Dutch combination run/Hike Dam to Dam I thought the KLM marathon would be the same, an event in an event. But no, it wasn’t. Runners and hikers start at the same time, at the same starting point and same parcour. So, it was a nice chaos at the start with runners and hikers all mixed.

For me this was a totally new experience. I was hiking the 5K, because of a mixed up instead of the 10K. So at 7:30 AM I set of to hike with the others. Even the hikers were hiking fast to get a better time than others. The hike was a competition against time!

Hiking team

7:30 AM is early, but the marathon runners were even earlier 3:30 AM. Yes, in the tropics you must start early if you want to survive the sun. The first part of the parcour is climbing a hill, then you go downhill and at the end of the road you turn to nice walking area called Corridor (Runner). Here you walk back along the sea to the hotel were the finish is.

Corridor, hiking along the sea

It was pretty straight forward the parcour and not difficult. The only thing you are battling is the sun, which is getting higher and higher at that time. If possible I walked in the shades, because it was hot, but doable. I loved the experience. It was my first competition walked on Curacao.  It was well organized and not too crowded. I hope for Curacao that KLM keeps on organizing this event in the future.

Medal

Ps: If you want to know I hiked the 5 km in 00:52:18 about 5,7k/h. This is way faster than when I hike trails. And I got a nice medal.

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