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Thanks swittle and cal and good mileage by both of you.
Hope you've enjoyed the rest of your holidays Nessie despite your back.
A longer race report, if you want to read it:
SwissAlpine K47 event was my first race away from home involving a longer
journey and staying overnight before and after the race in a hotel. I travelled by train and didn't miss my car
at all. I had picked a hotel in Filisur
a couple of stations down the line from Davos which turned out to be a good
selection, away from the hustle and bustle of Davos but well connected by train
and also a lot cheaper.
my start number the day before the race.
This was a good idea to reorientate myself in Davos so as to know where
to find everything on race day.
I had never
run 47km before and was a bit worried that I had bitten off more than I could
chew. Additionally, stress at work in the
days before the event meant that I didn't feel fully motivated and mentally
"ready" for the race.
On race day
it was warm with thunderstorms predicted for the late afternoon / evening. I however carried my nice new jacket and arm
sleeves the whole way around the course without needing them. But rather that than needing them and not having
them with me.
wore a lightweight T-shirt under my race vest but took this off after around
8km already as I was far too warm. It
was only at around an altitude of 2750m that the air (finally) felt cool.
race I drank plenty of water and sports drink, but didn't eat more than one
energy bar and a couple of bits of banana.
It was a very good idea to carry a hydration rucksack - I doubt I would
have got round without problems as it was very warm and there were long gaps
between the drink stations on the most difficult parts of the course.
enjoyed the course which I didn't know in advance, my curiosity about the
coming kilometres helped me to stay motivated.
The difficult terrain (a bit of tarmac and gravel roads, mostly rocky
trails) also helped to distract me from the exertion. My shoes worked perfectly, I
only got one small blister but no pain at all.
the two steep alpine passes very well by walking the steeper bits - keeping up
well with those around me and overtaking a few as well. I found the downhill stretches from the passes
difficult and really had to concentrate not to trip or slide over. By 12 km to go I was tired and did not enjoy
the initially undulating track through the wood.
few kilometres went past surprisingly quickly though and I got to the finish
line in 06:45:48. I achieved my main goal of getting round fairly easily but
missed my "secret" goal of 06:30.
I was maybe overcautious going downhill, didn't run enough of the flat
stretch between the two passes and I certainly lost time on the last 12km. I am still very happy as I scraped into the
first 3rd of the women and also left half of the men behind me.
great support by biking to the accessible bits of the course where he provided
encouraging words, sun cream and water.
Quite a few people from the UK taking part - also in the 78km race.