Sitting here at the Camp Ground in Skuol, Switzerland...I am very satisfied and so grateful for the day.....even though there was a little mishap at the end..
So almost 40km Done todayThe most gorgeous landscape we scaled today with a 10km warm up and then climb climb climb - Today was a very strong day for myself but my partner was exhausted the whole day...that's the way it goes with TEAM...I could be exhausted on another day and her not. I can't believe how much the body is adapting....it expects it everyday and I am feeling better and better.....
It's like a Family out there - there is Fabio and Diogo, the Portugese Brothers who we always end up running with and see everywhere, or the other German Canadian Pair - Norma and Bernd - who are not going so good, as they are too far apart in Fitness, and that makes it tough- he used to be a Pro Triathlete and she is runner from out west...they just met here ( a little misconception maybe on her fitness) - they are now not getting along.
Anything can happen out here at an event like this, even though you are fit...so choosing a partner that is very similar to you is important. And then there are the two Swedes - Frederik and Mikael - They are quite the characters and love bumping into them. Then there is Stefan and Rolf -Stefan, a good friend of ours from Germany and Rolf from Austria - Stefan is on his 7th Transalpine! Can you believe it! He is very good.....but
this year, he is having problems -Diarhhea on route two days in a row - which is
really weakening him - but Rolf is doing great...that''s just the way it can go....
The aid stations are hilarious as we all DIVE into the food and push around like we haven't eaten in days - when there is 10- sometimes 15km in between aid stations....you DIVE in. Holy crap you wouldn't believe the finish, a super steep (love that) 6km descent into the cobblestone laced streets of the village...that's a long way to run 6km
downhill....and we just FLEW.....no brakes!
Right now I sit here with a little ice pack on my eye....5min after the finish, standing and chatting, holding onto both Simone's and my hiking poles...I bent over fast to do something and I hit my eye direct on the handle (thank God it was the handle....I thought it was the spike right away in panic) and it hit hard and went in,. man was that painful... ....spent some time in medical tent...and the Doctor recommended to go the Hospital to an eye doctor to get it checked....it is an hour outside the village...May be doing that tomorrow...right now though....swollen and turning black and blue.....It looks like Simone was really ticked off today and gave me a Whallop!
So two adventures in the day!
Tomorrow is like a DAY OFF - The MOUNTAIN SPRINT 6km up the Mountain, almost 1000m...that exact thing we ran down today! We would be done in around 2 hours or
less....WHAT the heck are we going to do with ourselves the rest of the day....I know massage, drink Cappucinos and lie in the sun...
Puffy eyed Karrie