Day 45 of the Great Big Marathon 10k Swimming Adventure: Cracking the 4k and dealing with neck pain

Brrr! I've just come in from an icy but breathtakingly beautiful morning outing with my wife. We took a refreshing (ok, bracing) walk in the snow up to a local hotel for a nice buffet breakfast (my wife won the voucher almost two years ago, and we finally got around to using it) and then we had a… Continue reading Day 45 of the Great Big Marathon 10k Swimming Adventure: Cracking the 4k and dealing with neck pain

Day 38 of the Great Big Marathon Swim Adventure: A week of getting up at 5:30 – plus nutrition, training plans and the thing about sprints

Tomorrow, Friday, will mark the first week of getting up at 5:30 am, driving 45 minutes to the pool, then getting a subway to work every morning. The initial euphoria has worn off, as was to be expected. That has advantages, too: Getting up at 5:30 still is a challenge, but my body clock woke… Continue reading Day 38 of the Great Big Marathon Swim Adventure: A week of getting up at 5:30 – plus nutrition, training plans and the thing about sprints

Day 35 of the Great Big 10k Marathon Swimming Adventure: Lapping it up!

Okay, this might sound more euphoric than I am. But wow! The easing into the new exercise regimen really has worked out well so far. Today was the second day of the changeover, and whilst this is very early days, and yes, getting out of bed was hard at 5:30 am today and on Friday,… Continue reading Day 35 of the Great Big 10k Marathon Swimming Adventure: Lapping it up!

Wenn Eltern ihre Kinder bekehren: Auch das ist der “Weg der Familie” für die Kirche

Wie vielerorts wurden am gestrigen Sonntag in unserer Pfarrei die Kinder vorgestellt, die in diesem Jahr zur Erstkommunion gehen. Wie vielerorts waren darunter Kinder (und Eltern), die wir jeden Sonntag sehen. Wie vielerorts waren darunter auch "Oweikis" (Ostern-und-Weihnachten-Kirchgänger) und solche, die sonst gar nicht in die Kirche gehen. Eine ganz normale Pfarrei in Deutschland im… Continue reading Wenn Eltern ihre Kinder bekehren: Auch das ist der “Weg der Familie” für die Kirche

Day 31 of the Great Big Marathon 10k Swimming Adventure: Changing daily routine and habits

Right! So I am on the last train ride out of Munich for at least a week. No, I am not taking a break from work. After a smooth and easy return to the pool yesterday, I will tomorrow start the experiment of a new training regimen to step up the weekly swimming load ahead… Continue reading Day 31 of the Great Big Marathon 10k Swimming Adventure: Changing daily routine and habits

Day 30 of the Great Big Marathon 10k Swimming Adventure: Easing back into it

Feel like a bit of a sook (as we say in Australia; the German word most closely resembling this is probably "warm water showerer", i.e. Warmduscher), but it probably was the right decision: I gradually am easing myself back into the swimming regimen. Today was the first swim since 25 December, after which I took… Continue reading Day 30 of the Great Big Marathon 10k Swimming Adventure: Easing back into it

Das Ende der Apathie im Umgang mit dem Islam

Die Terroristen und die Populisten haben eines gemeinsam – Sie wollen einen Keil treiben zwischen Europas Muslime und die Mehrheitsgesellschaften, in denen sie leben. Dagegen müssen wir alle etwas tun, meint unser Kolumnist. Besonders wir Christen.   Zuerst einmal ein paar Tatsachen: Der Anschlag am Mittwoch dieser Woche auf die Redakteure, Karikaturisten und Autoren bei… Continue reading Das Ende der Apathie im Umgang mit dem Islam

Why I published an interview with a Muslim Imam in a Catholic newspaper in the week of the terror attacks in Paris

The timing could not have been worse: that was my first thought, and I am ashamed to admit it, but I caught myself thinking it when I read about the deadly attack on the editorial offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris today. (Then I briefly prayed for the souls of those killed - and their… Continue reading Why I published an interview with a Muslim Imam in a Catholic newspaper in the week of the terror attacks in Paris

Day 22 of the Great Big Marathon 10k Swim Adventure: Dealing with sickness and more

A lot has happened over the last two weeks apart from Christmas. Amongst other things, I swam another 5.8k (over two sessions, one in a "new" pool which I hope to return to at some stage; it was a good experience despite a strange encounter in the locker area) and around 26 December I promptly got sick… Continue reading Day 22 of the Great Big Marathon 10k Swim Adventure: Dealing with sickness and more