Tuesday, 22 July 2008

Maintenance training to WUOC

This week I have been only running 30min per day. I have been doing a lot of strenght exercises and running technique. I am also doing an average of 25km of mountain bike every day. I want to be 100% recovered from my achilles tendon injury. I don't feel any pain, there is just a little fibrous scar in the muscle and I want it to disappear completely before I start training a bit harder again.

Next sunday I will fly to Tallin in Estonia to the 16th World University Orienteering Championship. After a long time trying to get support from universities and faculties, we could manage to participate in this competition. This achievement was thanks to Paulo Franco, my friend and athlete mate who took the lead and believed that we could go from the very beginning.

From Estonia I will fly directely to Barcelona were my family waits for me in holidays. I will stay at Barcelona's marina with a fantastic sea sidewalk to train everyday. I will spend there 15 days in which my train will basically consist in running (with some series), strenght training, running technique, inline skating and bike. I will do those things I don't have time to do during the year. I will also stretch a lot once this is a weak point of mine.

Due to some technical problems I won't be the guide of Jorge Pina at Beijing Paralympic Games so I will have all the September free to train technically which is now my weakest point.

Wednesday, 16 July 2008

Training camp at Canary Islands

Last week I was in Canary Islands, particularly in Tenerife island. I was in a training camp with the Portuguese Paralympic Team as a guide of a blind athlete in preparation to the Paralympic Games in Beijing next September where I will be the guide of the marathon athlete Jorge Pina (I will run half marathon).

In this training camp we ran at 2500m of altitude (where we could feel the accelerated breathing) and made a total of 25km in some days. I loved being there and was amazed with the story of some of those athletes. After the track trainings as guides, we, the guides, made some extra series where I pushed a bit more. Now I am preparing to the World University Orienteering Championships in Tartu - Estonia. You can check the news of the portuguese team at http://tugas-no-wuoc.blogspot.com

This week I will only make 30min running per day in order to recover completely from the micro-rupture I have in my soleus muscle. Next week I hope to do some training with map, once I haven't runned with a map for 3 months because of the demanding exam season at med school.

Next season

This season was though! A meniscal lesion prevented me from training for 4 months. It was hard not training so much time and even harder staying at my couch watching my athlete friends competing half of the season. This January I came back. I was able to recover without surgery. I tried to catch my athlete friends but they were more in shape than me. After 7 months training I can say I have never been running like this before. I am really motivated and I won't rest this summer. With 20 years now, this is the ideal age to bet on running/orienteering. Next season I will try harder.

My roots

This is just a brief resume of my sport history.
I always loved sport. Started swimming with 3 years old and stopped with 15. I have been 4 years in swimming competitions, training 3 hours a day. I have played hockey, basketball and badminton in my childhood. With 10 years old I started orienteering at school with my teacher, Susana. I did 6 years of orienteering in school sport (with spaced o'events) with my coach from then, Paulo Mourão.
4 years ago I started to compete in the National Portuguese Cup. 3 years ago I went to Lisbon to study at Lisbon's Medical School.
In the end of my first season at university I met my actual coach, José Santos, who started to train me harder and push me to my boundaries.
My second season at university, coached by José Santos, was pauted by many sprains in my tibio-tarsic and intervaled periods of trainning.
In the beginning of my third university season, I have had a meniscal lesion that prevented me from training for 4 whole months. Now I am in the end of my 3rd year at Lisbon with a better training method and an evoluted know-how that I wish will put me ahead (preventing some errors of the past that resulted in injuries).