Saturday, 8 June 2013

Big step in the right direction

I had pre-entered the Cortina-Dobiacco 30km Trail Run and made my way to the South Tyrol area several days prior to the event to do some trail walking at altitude in order to make up for my 6 weeks of missed training. The scenery in the Dolomites is breathtaking and I always enjoy any time I spend in those mountains.

It was my Italian friend Mauro who had put me wise to the delights of the 30 km race from the Veneto to the Pustertal. Here we are visiting the trade stands and collecting our race numbers on the eve of the race.

The trail, along the course of a disused railway, is always at an altitude between the 1100 and 1600 meter contour lines. My plan was simply to enjoy the day and finish the race within the 4hrs 30mins cut-off time. This target was achieved with a time of 3hrs 16mins. The first 20 kms presented no problems. In the latter stages, the final 10 km, probably due to lack of a recent long training run, I slowed appreciably, by at least 30 sec per km. But that was only to be expected.

 Finishing injury-free I can now contemplate the rest of the 2013 season, and my 65th year to heaven, with renewed optimism.

Cortina to Dobiacco Run 

1. N Biwott - 1:37:31
13. V Straneo - 1F 1:47:39
74. F Badolato - 1M55 2:02.26
432. H Schaiter - 1M65 2:19:29
2817. M Vendali - M55 3:00:56
3324. G Williams - M65 3:16:41

3875 finishers

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