Dit najaar begint mijn volgende recordbrekende uitdaging: de langste triatlon ooit - van München naar München, de hele wereld rond. De afstand van deze uitdaging komt overeen met maar liefst 120 Ironmans (circa 40.000 kilometer). Deze recordpoging leg ik tevens af met een minimale ecologische voetafdruk.
Op 26 september 2020 vertrek ik met de fiets van München naar Kroatië. Van daaruit zwem ik 456 kilometer langs de kust richting Montenegro. Tijdens het vervolg van de route zal ik per fiets Europa en Azië doorkruisen tot ik bij de Chinese kust aankom. Vanaf hier vaar ik per zeilboot de Stille Oceaan over naar San Francisco. De volgende etappe brengt me ruim 5.000 kilometer door Noord-Amerika naar New York. Hier spring ik weer aan boord van een zeilboot, steek ik de Atlantische Oceaan over naar Lissabon en fiets uiteindelijk terug naar München. De plek waar ik ongeveer tien maanden eerder vandaan vertrok.
In deze Collectie kun je mijn reis volgen en me aanmoedigen.
Climbing day through the Albanian mountains 🤩. Never very steep but with one long pass after another we had a fantastic day in the sparely populated mountains. Winding roads with no traffic and wide views across the autumn Landscape. The few locals we passed are super nice and all greet and waves at us. We pushed on for 130 km and stopped when it got dark at the village of Rrheshen. More climbing to come tomorrow as we are approaching Macedonia in the evening 🤗.
An incredible day on very small, traffic free roads through Montenegro 🤩. After a cold start we followed along lake Shadar in perfect conditions with high mountains, the lake and a nice view behind every corner. Very slow going as descends were equally slow as climbing. In the evening we reached Albania, more climbing to come 🤗.
Krijg aanbevelingen over de beste singletracks, bergtoppen en vele andere mooie outdoorplekken.
An incredible day on the bike climbing across beautiful Montenegro 🤩. Ivan who swam the last day into Dubrovnik with me and @weinbergmarkus joined on the bike for the 25 hairpin bend from Kotor at sea Level up to the Mausoleum at 1.600 meters. One of the best climbs ever 💪. From the top we could see almost the entire country. Albania tomorrow 🎯.
Finishing the worlds longest unsupported swim after 450 km 🏊♂️💪!!!
After 54 days in the water I swam into Dubrovnik today completing leg 1 of my Triathlon around the world. Super happy after all I went though over the past weeks. Looking forward to jump onto the bike tomorrow and pedal towards Istanbul 🚲💪.
38.000 km to go 🙈
Beautiful conditions and great company today for swim around Dubrovnik harbour 🏊♂️ .
Ivan and Emilio, two local swimmers from Dubrovnik, joined for today's stage across the bay. Rough sea in the afternoon, but we pushed for almost 9 km and have now reached to outskirts of Dubrovnik. Final day tomorrow around the old town and into the old harbour 🎯💪.
PS: Mind the straight lines, GPS didn't work well...
I am back in the water after the bad weather yesterday 🏊♂️. Sunny but still rough conditions with lots of small waves. Pushed for 9 km and now I am in the outskirts of Dubrovnik 💪. Tomorrow I will cross the harbor area but then still have to swim a few km around the entire town into the old harbor. ETA: Tuesday noon 🎯🚲🤗.
After buying food for two days I swim out of Ston until reach a nice bay for lunch. In the afternoon I cross the bay but strong headwinds and waves make any progress impossible. So I swim back and get invited for food and a place to stay 😋
I set off early from the beautiful beach and swim further into the bay. There are lots of oyster farms but I can swim through. Feeling very cold all morning until reaching the village of Mali Ston with its fortress. From here I walk 1.5 km to the Ston where I continue swimming. However, there is no food or anything after Ston so I stay there.
Long day in the Office with 13 km today 🏊♂️💪.
I started very early since I knew that sleeping would be almost impossible on the rocky shoreline until the next village. Had some tough negotiations with the Chinese who are building the big bridge to Peljesac peninsula and didn't want to let me swim through or walk past the bridge across the construction site. None spoke English and this reminded me a lot of the challenges I had with Egyptian police last year 😅. Well, I simply refused to go back and after some time I could pass promising that I won't return 💪.
Continued pushing hard along the Bosnian border to make it to the village before dark 🏊♂️ . Still felt cold all day, I will need to eat more chocolate, butter and so on to keep my bodyfat against the cold 😋.
50 km left to Dubrovnik 🎯.
Struggling with the conditions today – feeling super cold all day. Not sure if it comes from the cold weather or lack of food and fat over the past days, probably both. When I finally got on shore after 7 km it took me 2 hours in the sleeping bag to feel warm again. Hope that gets better tomorrow and I can continue the final push to Dubrovnik 🏊♂️💪.
Tough day with a six km crossing to Peljesac peninsula to avoid swimming into Bosnia. Struggling with currents due to the northern Bora wind which is pretty scary a few km off the shore 🙈.
Now approaching the huge construction site of the Peljesac bridge and long unpopulated stretch without food and shelter. Challenging day ahead 🏊♂️💪.
Definetely not a boring day. In the morning I swam out of Ploče going around the Military base I was accidentally trespassing yesterday 😇 and then swam across the big port with a fast ferry and several large Container ships. Happy these crossings are done now.
Once across the port I entered the Neredva delta with a very shallow water and freezing, strong current to get across. Pushed all day and covered over 9 km 🏊♂️💪. Crossing over to Pelješac peninsula tomorrow to avoid entering Bosnia.
A rough and steep coastline today until I reached the entrance to the port of Ploče. I considered swimming across but decided to go on shore and do it tomorrow morning. Looks scary with strong currents and many big ships that go with up to 20 times my speed. Walked up a hill to see the port from atop and make a safe crossing plan for tomorrow. Then I walked into the town and realized that I was accidentally trespassing into a Military area. Will have to swim back from the City to the point I went on shore since access to the Military area is blocked from this side 🙈🤦🏼🏊♂️🏊♂️🏊♂️.
After trying to cross the canal to Peljesac peninsula but being carried away by strong currents I had to adapt my route and swam back to the mainland. It's too dangerous to cross to Peljesac there, so I still do this further east, heading to Ston and onwards to Dubrovnik.
After only about one kilometer I decided to turn back today. The waves were really high, but above all the current was so strong that it would have pulled me out towards the open sea, which would have been simply too dangerous.
Now I am back at my last sleeping place, which is unfortunately far away from any food source. So now I have to walk to the next village to buy food. Afterwards I will talk to some fishermen and find out how I can solve the problem with the current... Maybe it will be better tomorrow. If not, I need a plan B. Now I have to sort out a lot of things...
12 km along the rough but beautiful Hvar island 💪.
I have now reached the smallest stretch between the island and Peljesac peninsula and will cross over tomorrow with almost 8 km at open sea 🙈. It is the longest and scariest crossing of the trip. There are no boats here but currents and possibly waves, and it will take over 4 hours in the cold water 🏊♂️💪.
Things got a bit wrong today. Since I am now on an unpopulated stretch with no food for 25 km I swam six km and then wanted to walk back into the village for the night and continue next day where I had stopped. Unfortunately the vegetation on the island is so dense that it took me three hours to get back fighting my way to thorns and a proper jungle. Looks like the easy time on the mainland is over and some challenging days are ahead.
„Hello“ from Hvar Island 💪! challenging day with waves and a big crossing from the mainland to the island. Swam 7 km at open sea until reaching the lighthouse at the end of the island. More challenges to come as I am now following the sparsely populated southcoast of the island with no shelter and food before crossing almost 8 km to a big peninsula I will then follow all the way to Dubrovnik 🎯🏊♂️.
Keeping up the high speed with over 10 km today 🏊♂️💪. At noon I swam past Makarska with the last larger harbour crossing before Dubrovnik. Happy those scary moments are over 😅.
Still perfect conditions as I am swimming along the coast before crossing over to the island of Hvar the day after tomorrow. Struggling again with new wounds from the wetsuit and the cut from the first week is deteriorating again. Will have to cure these when I am on the bike in three weeks 🤩🚲🤗.