Monday, 17 December 2012

Silvester run in Azores archipelago

This weekend my athletics team was invited to participate in the Ponta Delgada Silvester run. This town is situated in S.Miguel island, in the mid-Atlantic Azores archipelago.

I had been ill almost all week but I got better from thursday on (the damn pediatrics urgencies kill my body with the latest winter/spring 2013 virus) so my performance would be a total suprise.

The race was tactical due to the wind. The 1st km was slowly ran in 3'14 by the  leaders, followed by lots of attacks. The moldovan Roman Prodius won in 29'56. I suffered a lot with my breathing and I did my worst 10k time in the last years, 32'43. However, Conforlimpa, my club, was still able to win as a team, ahead of Sporting CP and CUAB.

Apart from the race, I had a really good time in the cultural part of the weekend. Azores vulcanic sceneries are worth to visit and with sportspeople (wether from orienteering or athletics), you always have fun!!

(cooking in vulcanic boiling water)

What's next? Many lonely training weekends... February and the top-portuguese O'weeks are coming soon.

Monday, 10 December 2012

First map sessions of the season.

This is what I really need to improve as an orienteer: challenging weekends like the last one in a national team weekend by Bruno Nazário. Since September I've touched a map only 3 times so my navigation routines really need some work on. Even if I shouldn't have ran this weekend (since I was sick, resulting in fever and chills today and unabillity to train) it was totally worth it!

The weekend started with a 5k test where I did 15'29, without suffering too much. The rest of the weekend was spent between the training sessions below (what a wonderful tool 2drerun is!):

Mass start HERE.
Contours HERE.
Multi-technique HERE.
Interval-O HERE.
Golf-O HERE.

The week before was really stressful since I had to choose what I'll do for the rest of my life. My interests are widespread so I had a rough time choosing. However now I know that the next 5 years will be spent in training to be a Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine doctor in the Central Lisbon Hospitals. The Sport Medicine post-grad will start soon.

What's next? My first Silvester race will be next weekend in Azores islands and then some technical trainings to regaign my navigation routines. I hope I'll be back on my shoes soon... Can't wait for it!