The Day five Mountain Trailrun of the Pirineosfit Jaca Trailweek felt for me like being a ‘Drunken Submariner’. Being Submariner is easy for me, that is my profession. And I confess right away that I also have experience to really zigzag like a ‘Drunken Submariner’ in some foreign port.
But luckily I am not always drunk, especially not when trailrunning!
However, today started where we finished yesterday, Canfranc. And just as yesterday, directly after the start we pushed ourselves up the steep slopes using a 100+ zigzags.
Ending, after some last steep ‘technical’ climbing a 1000 metres higher just to go down again (as you tend to do with these events!), first over, for me at least, a difficult bolder field, but than ending in a nice winding track all the way back to Canfranc. There I left the half-marathon behind and started the second climb up the steep slopes on the other side of the village.
And yes … again 100+ zigzags …
Ending in a beautiful wide valley with a dozen eagles flying high up int the air.
It was warm (!) so I was really happy to find at the end point of the trail a ice-cold mountain stream. Refreshed and hydrated I started the last part: a nice and easy old road track, ending again … 100+ zigzags down to Canfranc.
I passed the finish within 6.18 hours with 37km and 2300 metres height gained. Not bad for another day out of the office.
All in all I felt much better than yesterday, even with the heat today. The trail fitted my running strengths better: endurance combined with a relative high ‘basic’ speed and ability to keep pushing uphill or against the wind. Today’s’ trail brought, via all the 100+ zigzags, longer parts with good underground, either up or down which allowed me to go faster.
The last zigzags through the forest I sped downwards as in a road race, really enjoying the chance from pushing up with trailpoles or carefully stepping down through a bolder
I will never become a mountain goat trailrunner but slowly
after five races I am getting a bit more used to it …
five down … one to go … READY!!