FKuR was plain sailing
Company trip 2023
FKuR on a company trip. That usually ends with sore muscles. Not from sheer exhaustion, but from laughter. So, we put the computers aside and production on hold and faced a very special challenge: the Niers Triathlon.
We started with archery. Two teams fought for the victory and had a tight head-to-head race. Niklas hit the most arrows into the target and took the personal day victory with 102 points.
To the paddles. Ready! Go!
Then, armed with paddles, we got into inflatable boats and ventured out onto the Niers. The teams of the five boats were previously drawn by chance. On the Niers we went downriver for about 5 km in the direction of Oedt. The people in the back had to steer, the others in the front had to row.
But even going straight ahead is not as easy as it seems: just paddling was not good enough. Also, the flow was no big help, again and again one was drifted off, rotated in circles, or landed unintentionally on the water’s edge. So, we had to tune up! And suddenly it worked! The first FKuR boat then apparently took the lead, but was quickly caught up, whose crew was more eager for a water battle to secure the lead than to reach the finish in a dry condition.
Desperately, one team tried to keep the inflatable from running aground on the sandbar with combined paddle strokes. “It’s not going to work like that,” said a colleague, jumping into the water to push the boat from behind. But she didn’t expect Papa Swan, who lives there with his family. You can’t get too close to the animals, because then they hiss and flap their wings.
After everyone has successfully maneuvered around the last sandbanks, two brave colleagues have refreshed themselves in the cool water at the end of the trip, while the rest – in despite of the water fight – has climbed on to the shore mostly dry.
Up on the saddle! FKuR picks up speed!
To avoid becoming bored, we then pedaled the same way back by bike. For more than 2 weeks now, FKuR has been participating in the climate campaign “Stadtradeln“. And so, our “Plastics care for Future” team was able to really pick up speed and cycle together.
After almost three hours of triathlon, we were (almost) all exhausted and ended the day with a nice barbecue and cold drinks.
Except for some sore muscles – especially in the bum – there were no complaints the next day, especially because the weather was unbelievably great.
We thank everyone for a great time together at the Niers Triathlon and are proud to say that we paddle at least as well as we work! Thanks to organizer Melanie Berger for this wonderful company event. We say “Ahoy!” and look forward to the next trip!