Next Race – Challenge Kraichgau

After an ok start into the season at Ironman 70.3 California the next race up for Lutz is Challenge Kraichgau a race we’ve done and enjoyed a lot already last year.

Unfortunately Till has to sit this one out – family obligations 🙂

Challenge Kraichgau was a fantastic race last year and right after crossing the finish line it was clear – we’ll be back. Of course one reason for that is the mediocre performance we showed last year, suffering a little too much on the run but most of all it is one of those races that is really close to your heart.

It takes place in the heart of one of the places on earth we call home – Baden Württemberg – the same county Lutz & Till were born in. It’s one of those places you arrive at and it’s like riding down memory lane. The kind of nice and cosy warmth fills your body that you usually get when heading home to your parents place after being away for a long time and having your mom cook your favorite dinner (and say whatever you want know – that never gets old, no matter how old you get).

The race organisation, the warm welcome a beautiful course and one of the best race hotels we’ve seen most certainly add to this feeling. Some steep climbs with endless decents on the bike course, a beautiful lake swim and a spectator filled run course guarantee for a perfect race just as much as the cold water tubs after the finish line to sit in, recover your muscles and enjoy an Erdinger Alkoholfrei 🙂

We are looking forward to being back on home turf – what’s your home turf race?

Another Shoe Test – Saucony Kinvara – A First Impression

Ok boys and girls – it is time for some more testing. Today: The Saucony Kinvara!

A first impression before we take it out for a run:

We have to admit – the first ‘look’ is not as convincing as the Type A4 we testet last time. The shoe comes in many different colors ( we have the red version) and by just looking at it… it appears like a heavy shoe – which it turns out not to be. Weighing in at a mere 213grams thanks to the new ProGrid Lite.

The outer sole is looks fairly thick and like it’s not building a real unit with the rest of the shoe but slipping into it the shoe actually feels very much like one unit and thanks to the Yankz laces the shoe provides a perfect fit ( the laces are standard issue with the Kinvara )

The upper of the shoe is made of lightweight mesh but there is some sort of ‘plastic looking’ cover over it. We did not figure out the reason yet but we are hoping it does not influence the breathability in any negative way. We’ll know more after the run.

Saucony is promising a lightweight racing shoe that provides unbeatable cushion thanks to the super light ProGrid Lite as well as superior traction and durability thanks to their XT-900 rubber. If that’s what the shoe turns out to be – it’s one of the best surprise packages we’ve seen in a while. A little like compression socks – it takes some getting used to the look but the advantage ( may it be mental or physically) is outweighing the look!!

We’ll let you know more after the run!