Suddenly it is already the last day of the six days multi-stage mountain marathon of the Pirineosfit Jaca Trailweek.
It turned out to be a great day for me as ‘low land – no hills’ Dutchtrailrunner!
During the start on the Plaza of Jaca it started to drizzle a little, meaning: less heat, and luckily it stayed quit clouded and sometimes a little wet and windy during most of the race. Just my type of weather.
The track for this final mountain marathon was fast. The first 20km passed in just two hours cruising on wide tracks with not than many stony obstacles (which I am not good at – feeling more like a mountain cow than a mountain goat as some other runners). I found companion with two Spanish runners all the way to the top of the mountain overlooking Jaca. We pushed each other forward uphill but I had to let them go down hill racing via zigzags back to Jaca. The last few kilometres were great, knowing that I finished the challenging (for me first time) six day trail run, feeling well in body and mind, without any injuries and speeding at 3.40 km/minute into the old town cheered on by people shopping and enjoying coffee, finishing in 4.33 hours for 42km and 1700m height gain.
After the long and hard third day I was not sure if I would be able to finish in one piece with my left knee and Achilles a little sore. But the last two to three days brought back my spirits!
I am really grateful that I was able to join this adventure …
… exploring new trails in the beautiful Spanish Pyrenees with a international group of dedicated and partly mad / crazy trailrunners (especially the by coincidence due to driving to the different starts FIT 4 Fantasticos Ana, James and Pedro).
A special thanks to the whole PirineosFIT2017 team who made this possible …
… setting out the tracks, providing water along the way, making great pictures, serving tasteful salads (and paella on the last day) at the finish and always welcoming you and cheering you on with a big smile … THANKS!!!!