Sunday, 28 November 2010

WLV Crosslaufmeisterschaften

And then the winter came: the orienteering trainings stopped and the cold weather and the snow arrived in Wien.

Today I've participated in a Wienese 9k Cross-country race, the coldest one of my life! I was expecting a little better and David Schneider (who won) ended kicking my ass again pretty badly. I ran the first 5k with a cool guy, Albert from LCC, but then my lungs started to ache a little bit and I ended the race in 4th.

The last trains have been cool. All at night (it gets dark at 4h) and some in the forest, off-road. I'm such a Sissy running in the muddy forest and the average is 1 or 2 falls per train... but I'm getting better.

I've been enjoying my life at the surgery rotation (not that much the part of having to be in the operation room at 6h55!). I've been with some cool doctors and I've signed my first surgery sheets as a 1st assistant. I haven't worked at my master thesis as much as I wanted to but the time that I've been spending here has been worth it! In the next days, more trains, trip to Innsbruck and then the Christmas in Portugal. We'll see...

Friday, 5 November 2010


After a strength training and a 1h run I decided at the midnight of 23th Oct to do my first half-marathon in the next day.

I hadn't any idea of the time I was worthing. I just went there with the intention to suffer as much as i was able to and to gaign some rythm. I ran in the front all the time with 2 nice athletes. It was a freaking cold and at the 16th km I did my first stop to vomit. I caught them again and at the 19th km, I took my time to vomit for the 2nd time, ending in 3rd. So, I've learned my lesson: with cold weather, nothing in the stomach in the 4h before. My time was nothing special: 1h14m49s, but not bad for the beginning of the season.

In the day after I had a slight pain in the Achilles. I don't like to play with this sensitive area so I decided to stop for some time: 1-1/2week doing 5km at a really slow pace +1h gym everyday.

Yesterday my Achilles behave well and I was able to get my ass kicked by D.Schneider at night grass intervals. Today I'm with some fever due to the Flu vaccine that I took today so I had some free time to do a post.

About work, it has been awesome. I'm in a nice and competent Pediatrics team. I really like the medical teams attitude: doctors aren't vain and inaccessible like in Portugal and treat you as an equal so, I've been learning a lot.

I've been training without method; just enjoying meeting new people, going for some runs and competing in special events... and it has been working fine with me doing a good mileage/week! Next week I'll also join an austrian athletics team with Olympic aspirations, Team 2012. We'll see...