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Training Log Archive: lost jokes

In the 7 days ending Jun 2:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Hiking3 17:00:00 30.51(33:26) 49.1(20:46) 3250
  Cycling1 2:30:00 27.65(11.1/h) 44.5(17.8/h) 100
  Total4 19:30:00 58.16(20:07) 93.6(12:30) 3350

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Sunday Jun 2 #

Hiking 2:30:00 [3] 12.2 km (12:18 / km) +450m 10:23 / km
shoes: Inov-8 Trailtalon 290 #5

Vogelsangberg. Group hike.

The others started in Hadersdorf, and i came in their direction and met them at Agnesbr├╝nnl. Warm and sunny. Lots of people out in the forest. Nice hike.


Thursday May 30 #

Cycling 2:30:00 [3] 44.5 km (17.8 kph) +100m
shoes: Giant Expedition bike

Stockerauer Au. With L.

Much warmer than expected, especially on the open fields inside the forest. Took a bit to find our way onto the right gravel roads, but then a lovely quiet bike ride straight through the Au. Had only been here in winter or spring before, very lush now.

Forgot that the bridge at Kahlenbergerdorf doesn't exist anymore, so detour there...

Legs and knees still a bit tired, but good recovery ride.


Tuesday May 28 #

Hiking 4:30:00 [3] 12.9 km (20:56 / km) +700m 16:28 / km
shoes: Inov-8 Trailtalon 290 #5

Alpenhauptkamm, Stage 8. Km 191,6 (178,7 + 12,9). 05:30 - 11:15.
Rotsohlalm - Seebergsattel.

Woke up at 5 with the idea to just break up camp and have breakfast later. Sunrise colourful, but very quickly it turned overcast. Quite a chilly morning. Enjoyed the route, small trails through blueberry covered open forest. Enjoyed it a lot less when it turned to meadow that was still wet from the dew. Shoes got soaked.

Was a bit worried about having enough food, but after the last oats for breakfast i still had a few left, and as it turned out i had exactly enough food. Schedule was a bit tight, so after the breakfast break i pushed a bit harder. Luckily the route was quite easy, relatively flat and mostly gravel roads.

Rain came in on Hochanger, kind of unexpected. Strong winds and really wet very quickly. As i descended into the forest it wasn't as bad, but the drizzle stayed until the end. Made it to Seebergsattel with 25min to spare for the bus :)

Had a really good time with myself these 4 days, and already looking forward to the next stage. Think i will take 3 days for the ~45km crossing the Hochschwab. Knees held up in the end, but some strength training and practice at home with a heavy backpack wouldn't hurt i think. Anyways i'd like to keep the daily distances a bit smaller, i felt quite rushed at times, and want more time to sit and enjoy beautiful things along the route, instead of just focusing on performance.

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Monday May 27 #

Hiking 10:00:00 [3] 24.0 km (25:00 / km) +2100m 17:23 / km
shoes: Inov-8 Trailtalon 290 #5

Alpenhauptkamm, Stage 7. Km 178,7 (154,9 + 23,8). 08:30 - 21:00
Freinsattel - Rotsohlalm

Was really looking forward to this day, i expected the area to be quite remote and a mix of wildflower pastures and mountain forest. Slept in a bit longer, took another ibuprofen. Easy start, and even the steep climb in the beginning wasn't that bad.

Trail was partially overgrown and covered by fallen trees, but i found my way. This was actually a theme the last days, a lot of the time the trails on my map were more like ideas of a trail, and i really appreciated that. It seemed these were once well used trails but a lot of them have since been forgotten. My mindset in following the ridge is also slowly changing, partially due to the terrain getting increasingly more difficult, but also because i'd rather stay in the spirit of the project rather than compulsively tick off every summit and stay exactly on the main ridge. That means in the future i might opt for an established hiking trail rather than scramble my way over the ridge. Anyways i'm not so keen on soloing any difficult ridges, and i'm not sure about taking rope and partnering up, since i enjoy the solo aspect of it a lot. So, logically that means picking routes i feel are still acceptable in terms of risk and technicality.

Great views from Hohe Student, and was already a bit hungry, so had some more food. Really enjoyed the climb up Fallenstein, beautiful forest. Quicker going on marked trails after this point, what a difference in speed it makes to not have to do route finding or climb over fallen trees.

Saw the first people near Tonion. Few rain drops and a little thunder rumbling as i descended towards Niederalpl, but nothing big. Filled my water bottle and charged my phone a bit there at the cafe, the first open place in 3 days.

Set off at 5pm, very motivated but also a bit apprehensive. I knew i wanted to make it across Hohe Veitsch (about 850m of elevation gain in total) to sleep on the otherside, because i'd be warmer and less windy than up on the plateau, but also because the day after i'd have to catch the bus at 11:45 to make it into work in time.

Pushed pretty hard, got very hungry and nearly bonked, but ate some sugary stuff quickly enough. Thunder seemed to be coming in, so i wasn't completely comfortable going up the exposed ridge of Wildkamm. Once on the summit the thunder seemed to have disappeared luckily. Great ridge going down, even some small sections with a bit of scrambling (I-).

Tried to get water at a snowfield, but no luck. Pushed on and was at the summit at 20. Almost the first 2000er, funny feeling to have just walked here from Vienna. Great sunset. Moved swiftly downhill and found a water source and then a good camp spot around 21.

One of the better days in the mountains in a while. Really happy with how i approached the day, and if not for my knees and the darkness, i would've loved to keep going. Really liking the steady slow hiking, it gets me in a very nice unforced flowy mindset.

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