Tuesday, April 01, 2014

One day in Rome

Rome. Sunday I spent some hours in Rome with my wife Daniela. I had to go there for a medical check at the broken collar bone (yes, the doctor was so kind to visit me on sunday). The city is always amazing especially in spring: warm and full of colors. We had lunch near Campo Marzio, the place where in 44 d.c. Julius Caesar was killed.  Inside Campo Marzio there is the famous "Cat Shelter". Here you can see Campo Marzio, a well refined gentleman "owner" of the shelter and the pizza that I ate:




After we had a short walk along the Tevere river and through Piazza Navona.



Injury update. I hope to come back to run on april 8th after the last medical check.

How did you spend your Sunday?

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Homage and injury update

Thank You. Dear friends, thanks for your kind words on my last post.
The Homage. Joe Bonamassa, just heard about the incident, came to Rome to pay homage to the wounded Black Knight with 3 hours of dedicated concert. The auditorium was sold out because of the Black Knight’s announced presence. Here are some pictures (by my friend Angelo Bonarelli) and the final song “The Ballad of John Henry”:
Injury Update. Yesterday I did a medical check at the hospital. The fracture is healing but for the shoulder joint I need other 15 days of complete rest. I don’t know when I will be able to run and swim.




Monday, March 17, 2014

2014: a year of sh....

I beg your pardon for my long absence from blogging and reading your posts, but I am badly injured again.
On January 12, after a fall, I wrote: "Will 2014 be a good year for me"? Now I know the answer: 2014 is a year of .....
At the end of february - indeed a very good month until that moment, full of great workouts (running and swimming) - I felt on a downhill and I broke my collar bone. I remained on the road unable to stand up; a kind driver took me up his car where I sat down until the arrival of the ambulance. After the x-ray and an accurate medical check at the emergency room, I came back home with an orthopedic "corset" that I must wear for all the month of march (if I am "lucky").



Spring is on the corner, are you enjoying this season with great workouts and races?

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Corsa del Ricordo km 5

The Race. Last Sunday, Giorgio and I (both in the 2nd photo), have run the Corsa del Ricordo a 5 km in memory of the italian victims of the sinkholes after the WWII. It was a very challenging race (see the elevation chart) totally run under a rain storm through a flooded neighborhood with narrow streets full of turns.
I have entered the race despite I only made one workout in the previous 10 days because of the pain in the knee. I keep on following my decision: the races must be a reason of fun to enjoy the atmosphere; no more competitive events for me, the pace doesn’t count anymore. Always for this reason I didn’t plan to rest the day before, in fact I swam 1800 meters Friday and 1800 meters Saturday: fitness is more important than the performance (now, but not in the past). Moreover I have lost some seconds because the finishing line was not at the finish but … at the start for a mistake of the organization!
Stats: finishing time 25:55 (5:11 km – 8:20 m), 81° of 120 overall and 8° of 10 age group.
Before coming back home we had the usual lunch in a typical restaurant on the hills to celebrate the last battle and the conquered loot.




Sunday, February 02, 2014

January

January 2014. Not a good month because the pain and one whole week off for the fall during a run. The numbers. Running 92.2 km (57.3 m) in 9 workouts and 1 race (see the photo with Sir Giorgio before the start); swimming 8600 meters in 5 workouts.


January 2006. This is the photo of a challenging race 22.6 km (14.1 m) long. The finishing time was 1:53:21 and I was 795 of 1417. The race was so tough that I and Sir Giorgio (on the right in the photo) got both an injury inside our knees. As you can see at that time we used to run again with clothes in cotton. 

Have you had a good January?

Thursday, January 23, 2014

2013 in numbers and pictures

Running: km. 930,6 (m. 578); 108 workouts; 3 races.
Swimming: km. 159; 94 workouts.
Days off: 51 for injures and 7 for flu.
















Sunday, January 12, 2014

Welcome 2014?

Will 2014 be a good year for me? If this is the start....... It happened this morning during the workout after 5 minutes of running.