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Training Log Archive: SarahD

In the 7 days ending Jul 21:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Walking4 9:30:00 24.85(22:56) 39.99(14:15) 2605
  Running4 6:52:54 26.59(15:32) 42.8(9:39) 2432
  Stretching3 35:00
  Total9 16:57:54 51.44 82.79 5037

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Sunday Jul 21 #

8 AM

Running race 3:45:22 [5] 21.05 km (10:42 / km) +1599m 7:46 / km
ahr:143 max:188 shoes: X-Talon 230

Dolomyths skyrace. Awesome. Tough. Dead chuffed with how it went....

I managed to get myself really quite wound up about this race. Bizarre, as there was absolutely nothing hanging on it, no easier place to ‘hide’ and nobody in the world except me would care about the outcome. Walking around town on Saturday the place was filled with young, fit, predominantly male athletes. What was an auld wifie like me doing amongst this lot? And the race cut-off times looked by no means trivial, although logic based on previous race results told me they were achievable.

So by race morning I was feeling more nervous about this than I have any other race for a good while. The 2 h cut-off by the top of the main steep climb really put the pressure on to treat it as a proper race; something I realise I’ve got quite lazy about in recent years.

As usual the first 20’ was grim. I hadn’t warmed up fully and everyone seemed to set off like a bat out of hell. My heart rate trace suggests this was just me - as I completely failed to raise it to a steady 140bpm until I was well up the hill. I needed to be at the first pass at Pordoi in around 65’ if I was to make the 2h cutoff. Thankfully it appeared soon enough, getting through in 62’. I managed a smile for J with his camera and was able to relax a bit knowing that if I held my position I should be fine for time.

The next section gets really really steep and there was a snake of ants zig-zagging all the way up to the Forcella. Head down, I followed the feet in front of me and ground it out, managing to look up a couple of times and absorb the stunning view across to Marmolada. The top of the pass was party central with enthusiastic commentary and music helping to motivate and I made it through with a comfortable 13’ to spare. Poles were banned on the next section so I cautiously handed them in to be transported back down the mountain, hoping I wouldn’t regret having relinquished them later in the race.

I had been passing plenty of people since the start of the steep climb and continued to feel strong on the rest of the climb to the summit; the last two weeks of altitude acclimatisation no doubt helping a fair bit. There was some more technical rocky running now, but nothing too challenging to anyone used to the Scottish mountains. Another 30’ and I was over the top and into the start of some great technical descent.

Previous experiences have told me that most Europeans are pants at technical descents and this was borne out once again as I found myself passing a steady stream of runners and feeling like a descending goddess flying down the mountain. The descent was broken into sections with some flatter easier sections sandwiched between bits of screen run and rocky running. I loved it and felt relaxed and good running. But it didn’t half go on a long time.

Eventually we got back to the tree line but it was still a long run back down the valley with a mix of technical paths gradually giving way to bigger tracks and ski runs. A final kilometre sign appeared and I was able to race back in to the village still feeling strong and delighted with my race time of 3:45, well inside the 4:30 max and top 50% of the ladies.

So, definitely one for the bucket list for anyone who loves a good technical mountain race with steep climbs and descents. For me it’s boosted my confidence again. You do need to put yourself out there now and again to be able to keep some self belief and this race certainly served that purpose for me.

Saturday Jul 20 #

10 AM

Running 20:00 [2] 3.0 km (6:40 / km)
ahr:125 max:164 shoes: Salomon speedcross 2019

Jog by the riverside in Canazei

Stretching 10:00 [1]

And a stretch in the sun

Friday Jul 19 #

9 AM

Walking 1:00:00 [2] 6.5 km (9:14 / km) +600m 6:19 / km
ahr:105 max:161 shoes: X-Talon 230

Easy walk from the Passo Di Giau onto Nuvolau. Nice climb with a short section of easy VF. Keeping intensity low to save the legs.

Thursday Jul 18 #

10 AM

Running 17:32 [2] 2.64 km (6:39 / km) +42m 6:10 / km
ahr:113 max:149 shoes: Salomon speedcross 2019

Short jog round the Lago Di Misurina.

Stretching 10:00 [1]

Followed by a lakeside stretch in the sun.

Wednesday Jul 17 #

8 AM

Walking 2:00:00 [2] 10.42 km (11:31 / km) +432m 9:32 / km
ahr:109 max:169 shoes: Salomon speedcross 2019

Tre Cime circuit. Set off at a run, but E’s knees weren’t up for that and as soon as I hit the first hill I realised I didn’t really need it either. So chilled out and just enjoyed the scenery instead. Hooching with crowds at the start even though we were on the first bus up from Misurina, but soon got away from most. Stunning spot. Out for 2h 30m
11 AM

Walking 3:30:00 [2] 12.5 km (16:48 / km) +1000m 12:00 / km
ahr:106 max:183 shoes: Salomon speedcross 2019

Sentiero Bonacossa from the foot of Tre Cime back to the campsite. Classed as a 1A VF, we did most of this route in 2014 but had missed off the last section. It seemed an awful lot easier this time round; 5 years is a long time ago for E. Weather stayed bright almost to the end when a storm started to brew.
Recovery starts tomorrow. Out for 4h 50m

Tuesday Jul 16 #

9 AM

Running 2:30:00 [3] 16.11 km (9:19 / km) +792m 7:29 / km
ahr:120 max:184 shoes: Salomon speedcross 2019 II

Straight from the campsite at Misurina up onto Monte Piano. Ran some of the outbound route with a bit of dawdling and botanising in the middle. Nice grassy plateau up top which made for much easier going than anywhere else so far. Did an extra loop across to the second top then ran all the way back and continued on for a lap of the Lago di Misurina.
Back was exceptionally stiff first thing but had managed to loosen it up quite well before we set off and it was ok whilst out, although stiff again by the end. Legs feeling better than yesterday. Nice sunny day and not too hot. 3h 10m total.
2 PM

Stretching 15:00 [1]

Working on back and a regular stretch after the run.

Monday Jul 15 #

10 AM

Walking 3:00:00 [2] 10.57 km (17:02 / km) +572m 13:24 / km
ahr:111 max:172 shoes: Salomon speedcross 2019

Took the chairlift up from Rio Gere to Rif Son Forca with E. Plan was to then get another lift up to 2900m and do the VFs onto the Monte Cristallo summits. Turned out though that the second lift has been defunct for 2 years! Cloud was also down so changed plans and traversed / climbed by a lower path to join the VF Ivano Dibona at the Forc Alta and continue on a one way route to finish at Ospitale. J was having a rest day, so a quick text rearranged our pick up point (thanks J). Nothing too technical on any of the route but was feeling the uphill sections really hard work - combo of altitude and too many hours I think. R knee complaining a bit too. Worst bit of the route turned out to be some shitty eroded scree and then wind blown trees over the lower section of the path. Brightened up quite nicely - would probably have been fine to head for the tops but we chose the sensible option for once.
Out for 4h 10m total.

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