The summer in Cyprus is in full swing and with temperatures hitting 40°C and humidity over 80% it's getting harder and harder to log the training km's.. Getting back to running after Cyprus Ultra was (and sort of still is) a very slow and painful process.. I tried to run a 18k trail race just two weeks after CU - it was a night run at the end of July, but the legs refused to cooperate and it took me way over 2 hours to crawl through the hills to the finish line. It's now over 6 weeks after the ultra that my legs finaly start to gain some strength again and hopefuly i will get back on track with my preparations for Arctic Ultra.
August is a month of vacations, so we decided with my dear woman to make a trip to my homeland - Slovakia. It was her first time to visit this lovely green country in the heart of Europe so she was very excited - and so was I! Leaving the heat of Cyprus we were welcomed with a chilly 15 degrees and pouring rain, but we really enjoyed our 20k training run in these conditions :)
After few gray days weather finaly improved a little and we decided to visit the gem of the Slovak mountains - High Tatras. As we were planning to run a 15k road race the next morning, we decided to take on one easier 5 hour hike to a beautiful mountain pass Ostrva above one of the lakes (Popradske Pleso). Joined by my mom, who is still an active hiker, we climbed up and enjoyed the beautiful views.
It was really amazing experience, we had a great time and i was very proud of my mom as she managed to climb this 2000m mountain without any problems (she is 60 next year!)
Next morning we got up early to drive to a road running race, which was held in a small valley near my hometown Martin. It was an annual 15k run (37th edition) and to our surprise almost 100 people attended and made it a great race! Andry was very pumped up and hungry for a good fight, as she recently finaly managed to shake of an injury. After the gun went off she disapearred quickly and i only saw her at the 7.5k turning point - in a tough field she managed to finish 2nd with an amazing time 1:05:25 (4:20min/km avg pace) and made me very proud!!!
After my training results i didn't have very high expectations for myself, but i gave it a try and managed to squeeze under a 5min/km pace, which was my primary goal and finished in 1:15:01 (garmin showed 4:58 avg).
So that was our Slovak experience in a nutshell! As for other running related news - @StashSports from USA kindly sent me one of their very helpful gadgets - their LaceLocker is amazing! Very simple but effective little invention -keeps your laces tight as rock even on the long runs :) Check out http://lacelocker.com/ for more info.
So that's the summary of the summer! The plans for upcoming weeks are to slowly increase the weekly load of kms, and add some longer bike rides and swims to the mix, as there are 2 triathlons coming soon - sprint on 21/09 and halfironman on 11/10.
Thanks for reading, have a great time all of you! :)
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