tom wagner
               mountain ultra trail runner

All good things come in threes. But not this time.

  • By DID57664
  • 02 Jul, 2017

this was originally posted on the 2nd of June 2016!

Aller Guten Dinge sind Drei; leider nicht dieses mal…

so sehr ich mich auf den Estrela Grande Trail gefreut habe, und so sehr ich wieder eine gute „Performance“ abliefern wollte; es wollte diesmal einfach nicht sein.

what a beautiful place!

Es gibt so Tage wo das Energieneveau einfach irgendwo um „empty“ ist.

1250m of climbing to the Torre… beautifully brutal if there is no fuel in the tank! 😉

Ich hab mich dann immerhin bis zum höchsten Punkt des portugisischen Festlandes (Torre 1993m ü.A.) gekämpft und den anschließenden Downhill genossen. Aber dann war wirklich die Energie draussen und ich musste bis zur nächsten Labestation wandern und hab mich dort selbst aus dem Rennen genommen.

…if you are walking instead of running, it allows you at least to take a picture or two 😉

Ein DNF tut zwar weh; aber in Hinblick auf die noch kommende Saison war es wohl die klugere Entscheidung (statt einen death-march bis ins Ziel hinzulegen).

Anyway, ich durfte eine geniale Gegend und super nette, freundliche und hilfsbereite Menschen kennen lernen und immerhin 66 der 90km bewandern. Wunderbar. und großteils super schön technisch. Beautifully brutal! …ich hoffe ich komme da wieder hin um mir dann die ganze Strecke (im Lauftempo) anzuschauen!

…just some of the crazy guys I met! ;-)

so long & happy trails!


By DID57664 29 Dec, 2017
as the 2017 season/year comes to an end, it is time to reflect a little, but more importantly to look ahead and plan / dream for 2018!

the 2017 season was sort of a mix and definitely there is room for improvement.
- first of all,  the work-life-run balance needs some improvement towards the life/run side! as much as I like my work (hydrogeology), this year was a bit too much work. So, resolution / intention #1 is to cut down on the working hours.
 - training and racing this year was kind of ok for the time investment, but unfortunately the one or the other issue didn't allow me to perform the way I would have liked to. On the one hand, there was this metal plate on top of my collarbone (and the six screws through it) that didn't really help when running long with a backpack (note: the race I won ( Chiemgauer 100 Miles ), I was running with a belt only). Anyway, this one has been removed and the scar is going to heal properly soon. The other issue was, when running UTMB this year (and likely on earlier occasions!?), that my lungs shut down. Currently, the doctors diagnosed asthma , but some further checks are necessary there. So hopefully, this will be figured out soon and I will be back in full training mode soon... resolution #2 : get some more fresh (mountain) air into those lungs.
- nevertheless, there is not much I should complain about, cause this season on the trails was once again a really great one with loads of wonderful experiences, great moments, awesome friends and time out in the mountains!  resolution #3 : keep enjoying the trails around the world and all the awesome things/people/moments/travels/experiences that come with it! 

having said this, there is time to wish all of you a happy new year, loads of awesome moments and especially good health to enjoy whatever you love to do! in my case: #timeToPlay some more ! ;-)

BTW: a short recap 2017 will follow soon and the race calendar will be updated as soon as there are more serious plans
BTW2: happy trails 2018!  
By DID57664 11 Sep, 2017
...DNF @ UTMB2017 😪🤔🤕
A week is gone by and with a little bit of distance from the race and a visit at the pulmonologist, it was a good decision to withdraw from the race; although I should have done it earlier on.... the first 31 km to Les Contamines were easy going and trouble free. After the aid station, my body was shaking cause of the cold and I needed a 1/4 of an hour to get back to "normal"... but then there was simply no power (actually air) left and things went south...
However the wet and cold weather and a bit of snow when crossing the Col du Bonhomme was actually fun!(?)! ...down to the Lac Combal I was helping a fellow runner who crashed on the downhill badly and had some head and hand injuries (please, get out of the straps of your poles on the downhill!!!)... eventually I made it to Courmayeur; actually not much slower than in 2016. But up to Bertone I was simply empty, no energy left; at the Refuge Bonatti I made a break for about an hour to warm up and get some tee / hot chocolate in and hoped that my wheezing and stertorous breathing would get better... in the end I climbed the Col de Ferret with Volker and somehow made it to Champex-Lac... there, Silke convinced me that it would make sense to call it a day. So glad she did that! In hindsight I should have stopped in Courmayeur; but occasionally it takes a brain some 90km to accept that this is not the day.🤔
Now I know why there was no power (actually air) left: diagnosis at the time being: spastic obstructive bronchitis and a lungs capacity of less than 50% (than normal)!
That sucks! ..but at least I know now why and this means some break and recovery for me...
...and then find some new adventures(and finish undone business anyway)😜

BTW: at the Like Te Wind party on sunday, there was a nice little poster saying:
Do not fear
As you will return
Do not forget
All accomplished and
A Life transformed
Remember you
Did not fail

...soLong and Cheers!

BTW2: Kate: thanks for the awesome drawing!
By DID57664 21 Aug, 2017
it seems like not so long ago, but actually a year has gone by and departure to CHX is approaching fast! last year, I was just happy to stand at the start line, healthy enough to give it a try ( after having fractured my left clavicula three-times during a bike crash ). This year, the plate and some six screws are still "in me", but the training was/is (ok, the taper sort of started) more continuous this year and moreover, I even had the chance to run the race course some six weeks ago in a three day "vacation"... really looking forward to be at the stat line this year.
There is definitely a big list of awesome runners that will charge hard from the beginning and some that will try to hold back and survive in good shape at least until Courmayeur. Although I made it into the "Elite"-List due to my ITRA-points, I consider myself not as one of the runners that has to do anything with the actual race going on. I will try to run my own race and will give it my best. Definitely crossing the finish line is a big target for me (UTMB is one of the few Hardrock qualifiers!); moreover, a solid sub30hrs is hopefully doable. A sub24hrs only if all stars align and some other miracles will happen ;-)
anyway, really looking forward to find myself fit and healthy at the start line in Chamonix on the 1st of September 2017...
By DID57664 10 Aug, 2017
...after a dissapointing DNS (did not start) at the GGUT (Großglockner Ultra Trail) due to a stomach bug, I had the chance to run instead of volunteer at the Chiemgauer 100 Miles. Actually the plan was to run the 100k, but after the 100 Miles breefing I thought I might simply start running that day instead of sleeping little and start at 5 AM the next day. So lucky that the organisation allowed for that "upgrade" and off I went....
some 22:51 hrs later, crossing the finish line as first overall was pretty awesome! sometimes its better not to plan too much ;-)
....and now concentrate on the prep for UTMB.... (and somehow find the time to write the reports of UTMB2016  up to Chiemgauer100Miles2017!) 
...once again thanks to all the volunteers, crews, the organisation team and all the other runners for that wonderful weekend out in the Chiemgauer Mountains! Congrats to all the other finishers, especiallyAnke for her 100 Miles victory,  Armin for his 100k victory, Torsten for his 100 Miles finish #1 (there will be more to come!), and simply to all who crossed their finish lines.
See you soon out on the trails again!
By DID57664 02 Jul, 2017
...took me a while to find the time to copy the content of my old homepage into the new one. Unfortunately, there has been some issues with the old provider (to quite some extend our fault as well!); anyway, needed to find and copy/paste the homepage content from a "wayback machine"... at least it wasn't completely lost..

And now I will try to catch up with what has happened inbetween then and now.

First , there was an interesting UTMB; start was on the day I was allowed to lift my arm up again after fracturing my left clavicula 3 times... I wasn't expecting a good run; not even really a finish cause of the missing time of training. And yes, it is a 170km race through the mountains with quite some vert.
Second , Silke and I had the chance (vacation) to explore Scotland by travelling around in a VW Bus... and participate in the Glen Coe Skyline race (fusing mountain running and alpinism). In short: it was such an awesome experience and there is definitely a good chance we'll be back there sooner or later.
Third ,  the 2016 season came to an end and there is simply a big big THANK YOU to all my sponsors and supporters who are giving me the chance to do what I love to do! ...and luckily enough, there will be another season (2017!) where I will get the chance to explore wonderful places on my own two feet using a pair of Salomon shoes ;-)

...ok, after these posts (following hopefully very soon) there will be a report about my reasonable go at the MIUT2017, then some words about my DNF at the EGT2017 (second DNF in a row there ;-( ), then a little bit about a short race of "only" 25k (Zugspitz Basetrail) and some words about my third go at the LUT2017.

...some words to write and some pictures to share ;-)
soLong and happyTrails in the meantime!

By DID57664 02 Jul, 2017

…a very positive UTMB DNF and an awesome time in Scotland around the Glen Coe Skyline run&scramble… more to come soon!

By DID57664 02 Jul, 2017

#timeToRest&Recover statt #timeToPlay at the moment 🙁

By DID57664 02 Jul, 2017

4 pages of fame in der Trailrunning Szene. Dankeschön fürs Interview!

By DID57664 02 Jul, 2017

…dF = did Finish!

By DID57664 02 Jul, 2017

…die Höhenmetertage in Bad Reichenhall: the H-Days!

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