|Inov-8s at 3,200 mtrs, enjoying the view of Eiger before the 8 day run!|
When I was preparing for TNF100 in May, I divulged my race plan to someone, along with the plan for transitions at aid stations to be less than 2 minutes each. I was informed by this particular someone that she had spent 20 minutes the year before at CP4, over a 44 gallon fire drum in the dark, sipping cappuccino. That gave rise to a race done at "cappuccino pace."
Going into the TransAlpine Run with my partner Rolf, we talked consistently about running cappuccino pace. Rolf is new to ultra running. He literally started running when he met me 2.5 years ago. He has finished one official ultra race (46km). His greatest running achievement, he says, is getting a stress fracture of his sacrum (he knows of no one else who has achieved this!).
|Altitude training: gondola up Mt Titlis then a run down|
So we decided we needed something slightly faster than cappuccino pace, but not expresso/body-breaking pace.
Macchiato pace. Something just in between. Lots of get-up-and-go, but with just a little cream on top ;)
|Taper running - non impact, as long as you stay in the air ;)|
Germany to Austria 49k +1663/-1667 mtrs
Austria 35k +1849/-1742 mtrs
Austria 47k +2258/-2147 mtrs
Austria to Italy 43k +1997/-1420 mtrs
Italy 33k +1821/-2403 mtrs (Rolf's downhill day?!?)
Italy 39k +2289/-1966 mtrs
Italy 42k +1950/-2000 mtrs
Italy 33k +1269/-1104 mtrs
Taper week gave a unique opportunity...tobogganing on the top of Mt Titlis!