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Training Log Archive: Big Jon

In the 7 days ending Jul 28:

activity # timemileskm+m
  steady run2 4:50:00
  orienteering1 2:35:00
  Total3 7:25:00

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Sunday Jul 28 #

orienteering 1:15:00 [3]

Waking controls and taping a few crossing points. Undergrowth fairly lush and very wet!

orienteering 1:20:00 [4]

Collecting controls (2 loops), much drier and the grass well trenched!


Helping at start for 4+ hours.

Saturday Jul 27 #


Sorting stuff and travelling to Perthshire for the 6-Days

Friday Jul 26 #


Driving home from Newcastle and spent rest of day sorting stuff.

Thursday Jul 25 #


Driving to Amsterdam and a lunch stop in pleasant town, but still hot hot hot.
Ferry pleasantly cool!

Wednesday Jul 24 #

steady run 2:15:00 [3]

With S early morning from Scharnitz up towards Brunnsteinspitz. Steep steep hill with a couple of scrambly bits then had to turn at subsidiary top (main top still 250m above) ‘cos running short of time. Great run back down.
Then 11 hours driving (well with a couple hours breaks) north through Germany in the heatwave...

Tuesday Jul 23 #


With S up a Via Ferrata from Passo Gardena. Managed without any hyperventilating and avoided touching wire on descent - it was a 1A, but you’ve got to start somewhere ;-)
Then headed East along some paths over a couple of cols and up Sas Ciampac. Very pleasant route out and back the same way. Out for about 4.5 hours total.
Then drove north - got v hot once in valley heading to Austria - 38.5c ... Found a nice campsite in Austria north of Innsbruck - only 29c :-)

Monday Jul 22 #

steady run 2:35:00 [4]

Passo Pordoi to Passo Sella over race route for most of the way. Tough climb to start +600m straight from start. Can’t say I ran much but power walked and passed maybe 150 people. Through the snow gate at Forcella (cut path through a big snow bank) then more crowds all the way to top of Piz Boe + 260m, felt good for most but struggled when I put in surges to get past walkers -probably the altitude. Passed another 150-200 people (there is a cable car option to high up). Topped out at3152m - record for this trip. Met another runner descending off Piz Boe towards Refugio Boe, he gained on me on scree but I was quicker on rock. Chatted and showed him map and route at the Rifugio then he stuck behind me - I think he didn’t have much of a clue about the route! Wonderful run from hut over a wee ridge then onto a real moonscape of bare rock and the descent started in earnest. We were moving fairly quickly and smoothly with occasional stops to take photos or check map. Little chat as very little of each other’s language! Split off when I turned right to head to the Passo Sella road and-he to head down to Cenezai. Path dropped and I missed a turning so ended too low on road, called S for a lift up to avoid the last 100m climb!
Great run out and pleased at how I felt throughout, only started to fade in last 15 mins ( didn’t eat and drank about 700ml of water.

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