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Training Log Archive: Brooner

In the 7 days ending Jul 21:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Running (Mixed)3 7:21:37 29.22(15:07) 47.03(9:23) 1593
  adventuring1 3:11:04 5.56(34:23) 8.94(21:22) 1643
  Cycling1 2:56:22 28.98(9.9/h) 46.63(15.9/h) 1693
  Hiking1 2:22:22 5.39(26:24) 8.68(16:24) 1006
  Swimming1 17:41 1.17(15:05) 1.89(9:23)
  Total7 16:09:06 70.32(13:47) 113.17(8:34) 5935

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Sunday Jul 21 #

11 AM

Cycling 2:56:22 intensity: (29:52 @1) + (26:26 @2) + (1:29:15 @3) + (29:53 @4) + (56 @5) 46.63 km (15.9 kph) +1693m
ahr:132 max:174

Up and over Tourmalet!

First time on a proper bike for a while (and a very nice one at that) so kept it pretty steady. As we climbed we were heading past an almost endless queue of campervans descending the mountain for the first 30 minutes then onto the climb proper, never felt any of them were particularly bad, and was passing a fair few folk along the way (think all the decent cyclists had been and gone far earlier in the day).

Descent off the other side for lunch, then a shorter ascent back up and over Tourmalet returning to Luz - didn't love the switchback descents much but the longer straighter ones were more enjoyable.

Cool to see all the painted road messages, and there was a huge collection of cyclists at the summit and the next town over at lunch providing a good atmosphere.
6 PM

Hiking 2:22:22 intensity: (1:00:25 @2) + (1:21:57 @3) 8.68 km (16:24 / km) +1006m 10:23 / km
ahr:117 max:143 shoes: Inov8 Trail Talon 275 (blk/blu

Late hike on tired legs up the GR10-F variant along the valley to setup camp for a couple of nights. Decent sized climb too begin with then more pleasant trails towards the end. Much time speculating on what the F stood for, fucking ferns most likely - it was quite overgrown in places. Misty throughout, so very little in the way of views.

Saturday Jul 20 #

11 AM

Running (Mixed) 1:59:19 intensity: (1:19 @1) + (8:12 @2) + (33:11 @3) + (46:12 @4) + (30:25 @5) 12.83 km (9:18 / km) +960m 6:46 / km
ahr:155 max:181 shoes: Salomon XT Maido

Fun run through the TdF crowds along the roads (awesome atmosphere, hundreds of cyclists, a few mentions of Killian Jornet) from Luz then onto the GR10 route up to the first few big hairpins of the main Tourmalet climb.

Really nice trails but a bag full of snacks made for hard work, especially after adding cider & beer at 9 km. Trying Nicole's UD bag for the rogaine but it seemed to be constantly rubbing my collarbone, even before the booze addition - huge bruising now, that'll be a no for that plan then.

Would have liked to have gone higher up the Tourmalet to watch, but it was stupid hot out and we had a limited time for the return due to dinner restrictions. As it was, we had a great view of the approach and early tussles with the peleton already splintered, and the atmosphere was fantastic.
5 PM

Running (Mixed) 1:18:09 intensity: (1:19 @2) + (59:59 @3) + (15:55 @4) + (56 @5) 12.9 km (6:04 / km) +113m 5:48 / km
ahr:146 max:172 shoes: Salomon XT Maido

Back down the GR10 to Luz, good fun again on the downhill route but legs trashed by the end (and a bit of a stitch from beer and snacks after the first downhill section). Back in time for dinner, result.

Friday Jul 19 #

(rest day)

Had hoped to get out for a run but catching up on sleep instead, and then watching a bit of The Race before the TdF TT. Cool to see the women racing but would have been nice to have publicised it more - not mentioned in the Le Tour's Race Guide and only realised it was on that morning so only caught some of the final lap.

The men's race was great to watch, and the atmosphere at the final climb and corner was superb, especially for Sagan & Alaphillipe's surge to victory.

Thursday Jul 18 #

(rest day)

Big travel day, Bern to Pau, not aided by a French train failure and knock on effect of delayed connections, 7:30 to 10pm... Ouch.

Wednesday Jul 17 #

5 PM

Swimming 17:41 [1] 1.89 km (9:23 / km)

Float down the Aare

Tuesday Jul 16 #

9 AM

Running (Mixed) 4:04:09 [3] 21.3 km (11:28 / km) +521m 10:13 / km
shoes: Salomon XT Maido

Rothornhutte to Zermatt via Hohbalmen pass

Woke up to blue skies and a view of the Matterhorn, Monte Rosa et al, had breakfast alone (the rest of the hut departed long ago) and after watching the helicopter deliveries set off back down the big descent to Trift hut then a decent climb onto the Hohbalmen pass.

Turning the corner at the top of the climb and getting the full view of the Matterhorn was pretty special, and we enjoyed this view for a while, contouring above the valley on a really nice trail before descending to the glacial lakes/hydro electric storage at the bottom.

From here we headed back via Zmutt and a pleasant descent to Zermatt and a run through the throngs of tourists.

Monday Jul 15 #

12 PM

adventuring 3:11:04 intensity: (48:01 @2) + (2:14:29 @3) + (8:34 @4) 8.94 km (21:22 / km) +1643m 11:08 / km
ahr:126 max:161 shoes: Salomon XT Maido

Big climbing day up from Zermatt to Rothornhutte at 3200m. Mainly hiked, with some tow rope action. Lots of low cloud meaning very little views aside from occasional glimpses, and variable weather meaning many changes of layers. Last few hundred metres to the hut though snow.

Pretty smashed (far more so than the effort should suggest) and slightly headachy afterwards, and a headache through the night, which most likely is the altitude effect.

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