Saturday, 28 February 2009

Today's WRE in Portugal

Today was the COC's WRE in Pataias, Portugal.

WRE, 7,6k (150m) 43'27 - A really nice terrain with some loops. I was not able to concentrate properly and did many mistakes... To the 1st one, an unnecessary hesitation near the road... To the 4th another compass mistake... And in the last controls, a mess in the 23rd and 24th..
I'm not well once I've been having little fevers and my throat is inflamed since Wednesday. I tried to compete today and even now I think it was a good bet! =) Unfortunately, because of that, I won't participate tomorrow in the Long distance.. Next weeks I'll try to compensate... =)

The results will be soon here.

About the POM09, it was the most participated event in the portuguese O'history, after last year's WMOC. There are a lot of interesting interview's with the best athletes here (it's in portuguese but it's worth translating). I leave here the 1st day's map, where I did a good race. Unfortunately, I did a major mistake to the 5th that spoiled the race...

To learn to the next competitions...
  • I can't keep crazy running when I don't find the control at first. Stop and think!
  • Always anticipating... When reading the map where I am at the moment, slow down and start anticipating again... If I'm able to keep more the contact with the map, things will get better soon...

Wednesday, 25 February 2009

POM 2009

This weekend was the Portugal O'meeting 09. I only participated in 2 days of competitions. (If you participated just check in the next days the O'Galleries section in the blog where the portuguese photographers will soon start to publish their photos).

DAY1, 7,4k (155m) - A fast kind of terrain. A major mistake to the 5th control made me loose at least 2min. The rest of the race was ok but could have pushed harder in some parts of it. (I'll post the map later)

DAY2, 16,4k (605m) - Really though! Unfortunately, we aren't used to this kind of distances in the Portuguese cup. I did a mistake to the 5th, misunderstood the map in that area, didn't adapt well to the scale. The rest of the mistakes were because of tiredness and mainly in the last quarter of the race. In the last controls I could hardly run and did a major mistake to the 28th. There were 35 Elite men who quited the race or did mp.

I will try to run more long sessions in trainings once it's one of my defects. Even if I ate 2 power gel's, in a total of 200kcal I felt really dizzy in the end. As my coach told me, with his 2h15 marathoner experience, I need to train my lipid metabolism with long sessions. (Thanks to Danny Portal by the map, once my scanner is broken... )

Yesterday, tuesday, I got sick: a little fever. I hope I'll get better soon in order to be able to compete in another 16k WRE the next weekend (Everything is happening to me lately...).

Next week will be my final exam of this exam season. I have (almost) gone mad and I'm sick of the Faculty's library, where I've spent most of my time since 10th of January.

I've already lots of competitions programmed after the 7th of March, to the respective month.

- Regional cross-country competition - 8th March

- Lisbon's Universitary Athletics Championship - 10th March

- 1 regional O'competition - 14th March

- Universitary and National Short Cross-Country Championship in Figueira da Foz (the Long one, one week earlier is a possibility) - 21th March

- National Long and Relay O'Champs - 28/29th March

- 1 or 2 training camps

Between them, a lot of training sessions await me to recover the shape. We'll see...

(Photos by Jorge Correia Dias)

Saturday, 14 February 2009

Recovering the shape...

This week I entered the rythm again with some muscle soreness. Tuesday 12x400 I=1' to an average of 68''. Today, Saturday, 3x2000, 6'26/6'24/6'22, alone. I know that, physically, I'm not at my best due to the previous imposed stop. Technically, I haven't competed with map for 3 weeks. Next weekend I'll only participate in the first 2 days of Portugal O'Meeting because of school. After the 7th of March, I'll start to train harder as I was previously doing. It'll be a lot of sunny months training hard, until July. More news just after the POM...

Saturday, 7 February 2009

Back to the game...

Today it was the 1st intervaled training since I've slowed down. 2 weeks half-running and last week I did an average of 1h05 per day at an average of 4'40, without specific training. Today it was 6x1000 , 3'interval with many athletes, including Sergio Silva, duathlon world champion. I did the first 4 to an average of 3'02. In the 5th I vomited when I was at the 600m. In the 6th, 2'55. I was expecting worse, after this pause.

Once again I vomited during an intervaled training. I've found a cause-effect association: sport beverages! My stomach can't digest them during an intense training. My coach told me that when he was an athlete he had the same problem with some kind of sport beverages. Before next competitions, only water!

Yesterday I went to a new massagist, in Jamor. He is really though! I screamed a lot but he was able to heal the rest of stiffness that my ischiotibial muscles had. I'll try to go there once a week.

Now I have no lesions and I am full of motivation to this second part of the season. I'll just train until the 15th of March, the date when my exam season at faculty will end. I'll just participate in 2 days of competitions of Portugal O'meeting and maybe in the 2 days of the WRE in the weekend after once I'll have an important Neurology exam next to it. After that, I'll try to compete in almost every weekend. Today I spoke with my coach again and the physical objective to this season is to go under 15' at 5k. Technically, I'll train in every opportunity that I have. We'll see...