Sunday, 27 February 2011

Warming up the engine

Nice organization there by Ori-estarreja. I felt that I went back in time to 2 seasons ago when I used to carelessly navigate. I did huge losses in the control areas due to a lack of anticipation.

Middle distance, 6.6k (150m), 37'57 - I thought that I would feel physically worse. I didn't loose time in the running part to the winner but did huge mistakes, summing a total of 5'30 (outch!). I may explain some mistakes in the final part by not having been able to focus because of some Achilles pain, but the mistakes in the beginning were pure distraction.

6-man night relay, 7.1k, 48'55 - It was a nice race. Good warm up, no Achilles pain. Once again, huge losses of time because of careless navigation. What more can I say? The trak speaks for itself! (however, my team won the race, thanks to the rest of the elements).
Next weekend, POM. Right now, I'm too far from the performances that I want. I'll do my best next weekend, more focused on the map.

Saturday, 19 February 2011

Unlucky times...

After an unlucky January with 2 weeks off due to common flu (now I must have all the stickers in my collection), I started February with some pain near my Achilles. I just rolled this week and yesterday, when I got fine, I started a foot's infection for which I'll have to take antibiotics for the next week. The lesson is: don't be careless (as I was) about feet open lesions that can be an entry port to everything.

With all this events, I think that my coach suspects that I'm giving excuses not to train. =) For this, he has sent me some inspirational phrases from Prof. Moniz Pereira, (the old-school 90-year-old athletic's coach that was responsible for the portuguese old glories) that I share with you:
- Old are the guys that have their life full of years. I have my years full of life.
- In athletics, you can pass from 1st to 7th in 1second.
- Even when it rained a lot, I was always with my athletes at the track and never at the countertop stage.
- In my club, under any atmospheric condition, including earthquakes, everyday there is a training session.
- Give me better conditions and we'll obtain equal results.
- Living is training and training is almost winning.
- Luck requires a lot of work.

Thanks to Silva that has provided me a Alpha6 headlamp for the next season. It's an amazing headlamp that values its cost: light, easily portable and same power as much more expensive headlamps.

Just to end, Contador was exonerated. With this precedent, will it ever be possible to condemn any athlete? more at Here

Monday, 7 February 2011

I OMG - Results, pictures and "Follow Tero"

This weekend, there was the National event organized by my club. Here in Portugal the clubs can take their own organizations pretty seriously, no athlete from the club participates in the race and everyone stays fully focused on pleasing the guests.

You're able to find photos at:
Gonçalo Cruz here
Gildo Silva here

... Jan Kobach's report of Saturday's event here
... and the results here (Splitsbrowser in the orienteering symbol).

With Thierry's permission, we've captured some movies (without much resolution).. You are able to follow them with the maps.

The portuguese Federation is going through a tough process. I had to go to this weekend's assembly as a representant of the Elite male class (it's usually represented by the ranking winner). I just talked with the athletes, gathered the info and voted according to the will of the majority of the athletes. It was a pretty boring session with laws that are too complex for me to understand and too much lack of respect from many sides. I really don't care about all this bureaucracy; I'm just an athlete, give me a map and I'm happy! =)

Last weekend's sickness spoiled me a week of training. January stats are: 2 weeks training, 2 weeks sick - not good. I'm now back to business, let's roll...