Thursday, 16 December 2010

I Orienteering Meeting of Gouveia - advertisement

After having organized the Portugal O'Meeting 2009, which was a recognized success, CPOC (my portuguese orienteering club) is now organizing the I Orienteering Meeting of Gouveia that will take place on the 5th and 6th of February 2010 in the highest portuguese mountains, "Serra da Estrela".

The competition will be constituted by a Long Distance in a rocky maze...

(sample of the Long Distance map)

...and a Mixed Distance event (middle with transition to sprint - NOC2010 style) in a fast forest map and a tricky village map (plus a Open race on Saturday evening).

(sample of the Mixed Distance event maps)

You may find the English version of the Buletin nº1 by clicking here.

CPOC has already received participation intentions by World-class Orienteerers such as Olav Lundanes, Ionut Zinca or the Austrian National Team so we now think that we have all the ingredients to a memorable event.

Official "I Orienteering Meeting of Gouveia" website here.
Official "I Orienteering Meeting of Gouveia" Facebook page here.

So, see you in Portugal, soon...

Monday, 13 December 2010

My 1st Kolsassberg run

After 4 days hiking, skiing and discovering the best of Tirol, last Sunday I've participated in Kolsassberg run, a mythic 5km race with a 500m climb, in Innsbruck.

Unfortunately, I forgot my asthma medication in Vienna and felt the consequences.
Started in the 1st group but after the 1st km I started to feel the shortened breath and aching lungs. The rest of the race was literally "suffering until the end" and I ended in 9th. However, I don't regreat the experience: it was an awesome race with an amazing view over the valley! Next time it'll be better...

Today, I did a 1k test run and more 2x1k intervals at the indoor track. It usually takes me 2 or 3 days to my lungs to recover from these traumatic experiences, but they could be worse right now. After the train, there was also place for an animated Christmas-training-group dinner.

It's still more 3 weeks in Vienna, and I'm already missing this place... I'll definitely have to come back! =)