Klug planned, fixed training times work best for the implementation of your projects. You shouldn’t constantly ask yourself if you feel like it right now. Just get started. The time is planned, do not think too much, what should happen. If you have taken the first step, half is almost done. For many, it works best when training is on the weekend, then more, smaller workouts in the middle of the week. Keep this up for a month and you will soon see that you can no longer let it go. Your training routine will run smoothly.
The Real Sociedad footballer Zurutuza said he does not understand that the San Sebastian team players are not allowed to go to Zubieta “to run.” The Gipuzkoan club reported that players who wished to do so, on a voluntary basis, could exercise individually at the Zubieta facilities. However, the Superior Sports Council (CSD) was against that decision, understanding that the decree on the state of alarm prohibits the opening of any sports center, and the Royal Society decided to abide by that interpretation. Zurutuza, on his personal Twitter account, was dissatisfied with not being able to return to work. “I don’t understand the decision that has been made with not letting us go to the Zubieta facilities to run, three people going to a grass field of approximately one hectare.”
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According to current information, exhaled SARS-CoV-2 viruses sank to the ground after a short time. Based on this knowledge, the recommendation is based on keeping a safety distance of one and a half to two meters from other people in order to avoid a droplet infection. But what about sport, i.e. when you are not standing still, but moving? This is also a much discussed topic at the moment. In contrast to other countries, in which the measures are significantly more restrictive, individual sport is still allowed in Germany as part of health prevention. A maximum of two athletes can train together, but should keep a certain distance – and this is exactly where a new study from the universities of Leuven (Belgium) and Eindhoven (Netherlands) comes into play.
Led by Bert Blocken, professor of building physics and aerodynamics at both universities, a group of scientists investigated how athletes can be exposed to COVID-19 pathogens if they move in the slipstream of another athlete. Social Distancing v2.0 is the name of the investigation.
Study director Bert Blocken
The researchers observed the ejection of saliva particles during different movements at different speeds (walking and running). They also changed the position of the following walker or runner: Sometimes you moved side by side, then diagonally offset one behind the other and finally directly one behind the other. Such models are typically used to analyze and improve athletic performance, as it has a positive effect in many sports and disciplines if you move in the air flow of the person in front or in front. In times of Corona, however, this is not recommended.
20 meters distance at higher speeds
“If you run or ride a bike and exhale as you do it, numerous micrometer-sized droplets are expelled,” explains DW. In his study, these invisible droplets were made visible with special light. “We let two people go and run to see how far the droplets actually reach the other person. And if you are too close to the other person, you get their droplets in the face.” This would make it possible to transmit the virus, provided the person in front is infected.
Blocken and his colleagues therefore come to the conclusion that the 1.5-meter rule in sports is not sufficient to protect against a COVID-19 infection. Instead, they recommend a distance of at least four to five meters when walking in the same direction, ten meters when running and cycling slowly, and even at least 20 meters for faster movements.
According to the study, it is the least dangerous if athletes move next to each other at the same pace because their cloud of droplets then lands behind them. Even diagonally offset, the risk of inhaling particles from the air in front of you is lower. The risk of contamination is greatest when the person behind is in the slipstream of the person in front.
Cyclists and inline skaters: According to the study, this distance is too narrow
Blocking therefore recommends that you move aside long before you overtake another person, so that you do not fall into the slipstream and the cloud of droplets of the other person. According to the scientist, when he is cycling in his Belgian homeland, he also observes another tactic: “Many people hold their breath when they overtake someone because they are afraid of the virus.” Maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration, says Blocken, but much like you don’t want to drink from a glass from which an infected person has drunk, “you don’t want to inhale droplets of saliva that are expelled by another person.”
No wise decision in France
By the way, Blocken’s intention with his study was not to restrict outdoor sports but, on the contrary, to give athletes who still want to do sports outside a certain security. In Belgium there had previously been a hot debate about how far cyclists can go from their hometown. Blocking and many others argued against any limitation. A view that the government finally won over. “As long as you don’t move near another person, there is no risk,” says Blocken.
The Belgian is critical of France’s decision to limit the permitted range of outdoor exercise to one kilometer from where they live and an hour at most per day: “This decision was not very wise. It means that everyone in the cities is up to speed train in a very small area and probably move very close to each other, and that’s the opposite of what you should do, let people go out – preferably in the country, so that they can keep their distance and not meet too many other people . “
Blocking itself rides a lot of bicycles, but currently avoids cycle paths and prefers to ride on large roads where, due to the restrictions on going out, there is not much going on at the moment. “I’ve never cycled so calmly and alone in my life as I’ve done in these weeks and months,” he says.
Football: clouds of thousands of microdroplets
In relation to the Bundesliga and other contact sports, blocking does not provide a way to protect players from one another should games actually take place again. “I can’t say anything about the risk of infection, but what is certain is that people who work hard emit clouds of thousands of microdroplets,” says Blocken. “Even if the football players were 1.5 meters apart, droplets of saliva from opponents and teammates would get into their respiratory tract, on their face and on their bodies. And that’s exactly what you want to avoid with the 1.5 meter distance rule.”
Safety distances of 1.5 meters? Unthinkable for contact sports like soccer
Blocking a permit for football games is therefore difficult, if only because some might think: if football can be played again, then I don’t have to follow the distance rules anymore. The Belgian scientist therefore says not without regret: “I think that if you want to consistently apply the 1.5-meter rule in the coming weeks and months, that unfortunately means that not many sporting events will be possible anymore.”
The Covid-19 pandemic brings a new milestone in social distancing. In Japan, a graduation ceremony was held in which the diplomas were received not by the students, but by their avatars, and a marathon was run with lonely athletes competing through mobile applications.
Through the app Zoom, last March 28 One hundred students were recruited by the Business Breakthrough University (BBT) distance business school. In the hall of a central hotel, the BBT organized a modest ceremony that was only attended in person by the rector, Kenichi Ohmae, a famous engineer from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), some professors and part of the staff of the institution. And on behalf of the students, four robots attended, dressed for the occasion in a cap and gown, and equipped with a screen on which the faces of four graduates appeared.
After his speech, the rector congratulated them, the four students expressed their gratitude at a distance and received the diploma on a lectern placed on their avatar’s chest. At the end of the ceremony, the rector posed with robots for souvenir photos.
The robots used, called Newme, are the result of the development of All Nippon Airlines (ANA) as an avatar service for people who cannot physically present themselves in an activity that requires mobility. For example, a professional who has to visit the facilities of a company, but who has become ill and cannot do so.
According to a BBT spokesperson, the face-to-face ceremony was scheduled in one of the largest rooms of the Grand Palace hotel, close to the university, but due to the pandemic it was decided to have a shorter and less expensive ceremony. Incidentally, it demonstrates the possibilities of this type of technology.
Despite being one of the first countries, after China, to register cases for the new coronavirus, in early February, Japan has only about 5,000 infections, including the 700 from the cruise Diamond Princess, that he was docked for several days in one of its ports. The Government has decreed a state of emergency that does not penalize violators, but recommends working from home and closing non-essential stores.
In February, the pandemic forced to cancel or hold closed sporting events, and the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, scheduled for July, have been postponed for a year.
The popular Tokyo marathon, held every March 1, dropped from 38,000 registered participants to just 200, all elite athletes. As a similar destination awaited the Nagoya women’s marathon on March 8, the organizers asked the 24,000 athletes who had signed up to download an application with a GPS and kilometer counter.
At the end of the marathon for the elite athletes, a second starting gun went off and many runners made the 42.2 kilometer distance journey: in parks or streets, but always alone or in small groups.
Other participants have chosen the option of completing the marathon in segments, of variable length and in several days, until May 1. In a show of trust and given the circumstances, those who have a problem with the application will be able to send a message when they complete the tour and will receive the commemorative Tiffany T-shirt and necklace that is given to all those who complete the race, whose registration costs about 110 euros.
The current pandemic has become a challenge for Japanese corporate culture that relies on long hours of face-to-face work to foster group synchrony and cohesion rather than high productivity.
In Tokyo and six other prefectures, non-essential businesses have closed their doors until the first week of May. As there are no binding regulations, thousands of employees continue to attend their offices in the capital despite a forecast that, if the current rate of infection continues, there will be 10,000 infected in two weeks and 80,000 in a month.
“Itzulia is our private Tour”. It hurts Jesús Ezkurdia, vice president of the Euskadi Foundation, not to be in Itzulia from today until Saturday, suspended by the coronavirus pandemic. «With everything that is happening, sport is the least of itBut that does not mean that it makes us angry not to be able to meet our fans after these years of absence, “he says confined, like everyone else, at home.
“This is not just a cycling team. It is made for people, which is what gives meaning to the project. Without the fans we are nothing. In Itzulia we were going to play at home », he adds. The return to the Basque round that today was going to start from Eibar with a goal in Arrate was the prize for years of fighting in the invisible cycling of the third division. The return of the orange tide to its origin. «It is a big stick for everyone, but we are a project for the future. We will grow, although with this break we will slow it down. He trusts that the pandemic will return and that the distribution of invitations for the next Vuelta a España will allow Euskaltel to enjoy this reunion with fans in the summer, in the edition of the Spanish round that will take place in several days in Euskadi. It won’t be in April, but the tide returns.
«This equipment is made for people. Without the fans we are nothing “, defines Ezkurdia
Itzulia assumes that it will not return until 2021. It will try to maintain the same stage ends in Arrate, Llodio, Ibardin, Errenteria, Sestao and the final time trial in Bilbao. The Euskadi team and the round have been united since 1994, when Agustín Sagasti released the track record of that tricolor jersey in Azpeitia. The baptism of Loyola. Then came the orange tide. And the triumph in the general classification of the 2003 edition of Iban Mayo, the rider who with his character marked the way forward. That success came from audacity, from the suicidal descent from the Erlaitz stop.
May was unique. This is the photograph of that final time trial: hands hooked on the handlebars; unbridled eyes; his elbows hollow if he is sitting, and open like knives when he dances on the spin of his pedals. Give it May. It’s your day Pedal with legs, arms and hump, with the soul gaping. Caressed by the rain, ally, friend. If it rains, the others stop. May not; he is a water cyclist. They bite his legs. It is a penetrating feeling, sharp to the point of pain. That is going well. If it hurts, pedal. The curves are mounted on each other. Upwards, Hamilton has put a rope around his neck from the time trial: he has the best time, with 6 seconds over May. Yes, but the Vuelta asks for strength and, in addition, courage. This is, May. “I had to risk it on the descent,” says the Biscayan. This is how Itzulia won for Euskaltel-Euskadi, as Samuel Sánchez did in 2012.
In April 2003, Mikel Landa was 13 years old. He still played fronton, soccer and bikes. May was his inspiration. He liked the brave bibs, the ones that leave their mark beyond victories. He wanted to be like him, to empty himself into that mold. Now he chairs the Euskadi Foundation, an entity created by Miguel Madariaga and which, even after the disappearance of the first team in 2013, maintained more than a thousand enthusiastic members. Landa came to the rescue when Madariaga couldn’t take it anymore. And today, again with the support of Euskaltel, the Euskadi Foundation was going back to its career, Itzulia. To merge again with the fans.
The epidemic that devastates everything has not allowed it. Cycling, like the rest of the activities, trembles. The UCI World Tour teams are weighed down by their huge budgets. Sponsoring companies have stopped depositing money. If they don’t sell anything, what are they going to spend the money they lack in advertising through a cycling outfit. If there are no races, there is no showcase. Therefore, everyone pray for the celebration of the Tour, in July, in August or whenever. They need that buoy to hold on to in the middle of the shipwreck.
The round will try to maintain the stages of Arrate, Llodio, Ibardin, Sestao and Bilbao in 2021
The global crisis that has just begun also affects more modest projects such as the Euskaltel-Euskadi, which maintains the commitment of its sponsors. They all embarked with their sights set on the future. Long-term. The orange tide team will continue to float in this storm. The runners, as Ezkurdia recalls, suffered the initial “anxiety” of not knowing what to expect with the pandemic. They could not train, they noticed how they lost the form that so many months of work had cost them to get.
Soon, when the virus took over and sport came into the background, they have adapted to this idle situation. They roll at home on the rollers, without goal or schedule. “More than physically, the difficult thing is going to be maintaining mentally,” says Ezkurdia. It will be necessary to add value, like Iban Mayo in that steeped descent of Erlaitz. Or like Landa when he carried the Euskadi Foundation on his shoulder without anyone asking him. That of the Euskaltel-Euskadi is a story of courage, of always facing more powerful rivals, including this invisible virus.
The confinement in his house in Cheltenham (United Kingdom) has hardly meant limits to James Campbell, a former British javelin thrower, who dedicated his 32nd birthday, this Wednesday, to running a full marathon. The athlete traveled the 42.2 kilometers of the longest athletics test in his backyard, according to the AP agency.
The athlete covered the distance in about five hours, in which he crossed from one end to the other, in six-meter sections, his small garden. In total, he did just over 7,000 laps to complete the kilometers of the test.
The effort was born out of a challenge: Campbell promised to do the marathon if one of his tweets reached 10,000 retweets. And his exhausting career has not been in vain: he has managed to raise 18,000 pounds (just over 20,000 euros), which he will donate to the British Health Service to help combat the coronavirus pandemic. He had settled for reaching £ 10,000 by announcing the challenge.
In the absence of a circuit and a stadium, the athlete had announced his purpose on social networks, with the label # 6metregardenmarathon, and he broadcast the feat live to countless followers with the help of ex-soccer player Geoff Hurst, who was commenting on it. In his solitude as a runner, Campbell also had the encouragement of his neighbors, who peeked behind the fence of his house to cheer him on as he ran, one way and the other way, the six meters marked with American tape on the floor of his yard. On a stool he had left food supplies: several bottles of water and other drinks, bananas and sandwiches.
Several users who saw the challenge on Twitter wondered how he did not get dizzy after so many laps. Another, who also cheered Campbell, asked the organizers of the London marathon to make room for him in the next edition. “I tried to do this in my garden for only a kilometer and the next day my ankles ached from so much turning,” confessed another tweeter. A user warned that the practice could well cause an injury soon.
Curiously, the practice of physical exercise once a day is one of the few exceptions granted by the British Executive to its citizens since the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, announced the decision to impose a home quarantine on the 23rd. As in Spain, the other reasons for leaving home during confinement are the purchase of basic supplies, going to work if it is impossible to do it remotely, or going to the doctor or pharmacy. Johnson’s resistance to confining the population was met face to face with criticism from the British scientific community, and he eventually relented.
How far? How often? What do beginners have to consider? Almost everything you need to know about running is explained by sports doctor and marathon runner Paul Schmidt-Hellinger.
Paul Schmidt-Hellinger is a doctor in the sports medicine department at the Charité in Berlin and a medical officer at the German Athletics Association. He is also a successful long-distance runner and set the current German record over 50 kilometers in 2:49:06 hours in 2016. This interview with him is part of the
ZEIT ONLINE focus “Running – now more than ever” from the sport departments
Dhe run in this crisis just more often than usual, others finally after a long time, the next for the first time ever. Many people are drawn outside in sneakers. And many are asking a number of questions about the corona pandemic. WELT spoke about this with Matthias Krüll, pulmonologist from Berlin and head of the Berlin marathon medical team.
WORLD: Mr. Krüll, can I do sports in the fresh air in times of Corona, at least in the current situation and if it is allowed, with a clear conscience?
FItness center, sports halls and courts as well as swimming pools are closed due to the corona pandemic. If you want to keep fit, you only have your own four walls or the step to the front door – that’s still allowed. And many are currently using it to lace up their running shoes.
Herbert Steffny has looked after dozens of amateur and professional athletes as a marathon coach. He has drawn up a twelve-week training plan for WELT readers. It is aimed at beginners and occasional runners.
On the one hand, Steffny explains what needs to be taken into account during training. On the other hand, he put together a complete training plan, week after week – also for download.