TRANSALPINE DAY 1
OH my flippin goodness! This is the TOUR DE FRANCE of Running! At 11am this morning this amazing race took off with 300 Teams running through the village of Obertsdorf, Germany (Bayern). People are running because they have a crazy love for Mountain Running, also some are running for a Charity and some are running to WIN the day, the stage, the week! 9 Runners from Canada in total!
Day 1 done STAGE one done! and TEAM ENERGI - Simone and Karrie DONE!
Well not quite....we have bounced back well considering how much it beat us up! 27km and 1800 m of steep climbing - Team Energi did well coming 11th out of 36 women teams! I will say this was the longest 27km I have done in my life!
When we crossed that finish line...hands held together.....I was handed a package of dried meat and got a big hug! I hardly was past the finish line and went right to the ground in exhaustion pulling Simone down with me....
What's just crazy is that, we have to keep laughing about it though, tomorrow, Stage 2 is double today and much tougher. in fact it's an absolutely crazy route..which means I think we'll be out there for at least 9 hours! and most of it will be rain....Our strategy has to be much different from today....really slow at first....eating and drinking lots in the first half....then see what gas we have in the last third....but this is on Bugger of a 53km day and I am soooooo pumped for it....and the 5am wake up...
RUN CAMP! - This is truly like a Camp - Numerous countries from all around the world...everyone knowing everyone like brothers and sisters, from doing it many years in a row. The energy here is absolutely incredible
Most of the athletes are staying in what we call a Camp - which is basically a big Hall floor - mattresses side by side and people side by side.. it looks hilarious... You can imagine...stinky bodies and feet, snoring, breathing in someone else
face.....Well this princess and my other princess opted out of that...and chose
the more luxurious option of sleeping outside in a sleeping bag....We searched
for a spot by the Athlete hall and found a terrace...so there we were...3 of us
(another friend of Simone's) lying on a paper thin mattress all mummied up in a
sleeping bag laughing our butts off and then listening to my tunes as i drifted
off to sleep...Men who worked at the hall walked by and offered for us to move
inside the Breakfast Hall and sleep there.....ahhh so nice.....and then 4 am .....bright blasted lights came on in the huge hall.....Oh.....the cleaning ladies were there......so we moved back out into the darkness of the terrace.....Now I like sleeping on hard surfaces but this was not the most comfortable....so here we are....tonight staying in a Guesthouse with a beautiful bed....we pay much extra...but we are living in luxury for the big day tomorrow....
You must check out the Photos and Video of the day on the main web page
www.transalpine-run.com. Simone and I are in at least one pic...
OK The HARDEST DAY is Upon us....and sleep I must....Good night all....Karrie and Team