Saturday, November 01, 2014

October recap, a dog and a bird

October 2014. Coming back to life! I have run 10 times and the last workout was 8.6 km long (5.34 m) in 52:38.  I also swam 3 times but for no more than 800 metres because the back hurts again. Moreover I am following a course of postural exercises (twice a week) and I am doing physiotherapy (once a week). Stats: running 63,5 km (10 workouts) – swimming 2200 metres (3) and walking 59,5 km (11).
October 1999. I ran the Urbs Mundi half marathon in Rome in 1:48:27 and, at that time, it was my personal worst. 1689 of 2523 overall.

The dogThis week I went to Olbia (Sardinia) for a conference and at the end, in the parking near the building, some foreigners told me that they must leave their dog. Well, I bought the dog for 20 euros and I gave her to a dog shelter in the same city. Very nice people who take care of thousands of animals. Here is the photo of the B.K. before the conference.

The bird. The week before I found a wonderful throstle on a dock. He was very tired after a long migratory flight. He was so kind to come with me and to spend some hours in my office to drink a little of water and to have a light lunch. Later a voluntary of an association for the protection of the birds came and, after some medical check, gave him the freedom. Here is the throstle in my office.

Have a good sunday 

Saturday, October 18, 2014


At last the things go a little bit better. I hope to come back to the pool the next week. In the meantime I keep on walking and running (now about 7 km at slow pace). Of course physiotherapy and postural exercises are always part of my routine for some months again.
On tuesday and wednesday I went to Barcellona for a meeting on the environment in the european ports. Here are some photos of the beautiful city:

Have a good Sunday

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Marseille (France)

Injury update. Last week I began a course of postural exercises (back school) to help my back to recover and, in the meantime, I keep on curing the shoulder by the physiotherapy. The movement of the right arm is not yet complete.

Training. The routine is always the same: 5 days walking (about 5 km) and 2 days running (??). The runs are 6/7 km long and very very slow. I hope to come back to swim at the end of this month if the things go well.

Marseille (France). I spent 3 days for work in Marseille where I had the possibility to run twice along the flat and beautiful promenade (about 30 minutes). Here some photos:

And as Jill says: run strong my friends!

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Apologizes and 2 trips

Apologizes. I apologize for my long absence from Blogland, but I was not in the right spirit to talk about my lost dream: running. 

Injury update. The road is very long, I need months before the full recover, if I work on the shoulder the back hurts and vice versa. In September, at last, I began a walking routine: one hour every day and, later, I tried to run: short and slow runs 5/6 km long. It is hard and painful. Swimming is not allowed until the day I will have rebuilt the muscles on my back. Now I am in the bed with a boring bronchitis.

The trips. However I had the time to enjoy two trips, the first with my wife in Italy and the second with my son to Belgium. Here are some photos.

Rimini (Italy): the B.K. in the pool of the hotel 

Urbino (Italy)

S.Marino Republic

Riccione (Italy): the Municipality organized a special event when they knew that the B.K. was coming

Faenza (Italy)

Brisighella (Italy)

The amazing Civita di Bagnoregio (Italy)

Brussels (Belgium) 

A special box in Brussels (Belgium)

Leuven (Belgium). What a pity for a mistake of mine we didn't succeed in meeting Amy and her family

Bruges (Belgium)

Have a good running, biking swimming week

Saturday, August 16, 2014

The Cruise part II

On board:

Taking pictures in Lerici:

 After the conquest of the castle in Lerici:



The Templar Church in Palma de Maiorca:

Walking through the Abbey in Palma de Maiorca:

Barcellona - Plaza de Espana (see the t-shirt of the Italian rugby team):


Injury Update. The shoulder hurts and the cures continue. No good news again.


Monday, August 11, 2014

The Cruise

The Cruise. The Black Knight spent one week on a cruise ship with wife, daughter and her husband. The ports of call were Civitavecchia, Leghorn, Cannes, Palma de Majorca, Barcellona and Naples. Here are some photos.
The Black Knight is legend!!!!
The ship in Cannes:
Palma de Majorca:

Injury Update. No news, the cure goes on. Total rest.

Have you ever sailed on a cruise ship?

Friday, July 25, 2014

St. Urbano Abbey

S.Urbano Abbey. Last week I made a short trip to Marche region with my son and, by chance, we found on our way, hidden in a stunning green country, a medieval abbey: St. Urbano. We could not believe how beautiful it was: architecture, silence, magic atmosphere and gregorian chants in the air. But the light games were the unexpected and best show. We had the opportunity to enjoy the sunlight entering through a hole in the ceiling and from narrow windows to hit, with a sunbeam, special parts of the church. See the pics below:

Injury update. The cure continues. Other 2 weeks of physiotherapy to try to recover the total use of the shoulder avoiding the surgery and to rebuild the muscles of my back. At the moment I walk slowly one hour each morning. The run, the races, swimming are only far memories and (for now) impossible dreams. I don't know if the dreams really come true.

Are you enjoying your summer vacation?