(OK, this is at least the fourth time I am writing this entry. All previous versions got wiped clear when I tried adding the elevation map. I think I finally got it. Needless to say that the original post was much longer. So perhaps a blessing for you…)
This weekend I ran my first “raid”, which is a cross-country race hosted on the land of one of the “tribus” (tribe). These events are pretty popular (a few hundred participants), but I never participated before. Because I am not really a runner. In fact, I don’t really like running. Give me my mountain bike any time. But these raids attract both fast and let’s say less-fast people, so I figured I should be able to blend in and see how I would do.
The “Raid de Ponerihouen” looked like this:
And more importantly, like this:
So yes, I “only” did the 12km mini raid. The big one was only 5 kms longer, but had another 600m to climb.
Well, so far so good for the first one. I completed the trail in 2 hrs 15 minutes. Which made me 44th, out of about 200. Not bad for a first time. And especially since I walked a lot. The views over the lagoon from the top of the mountain where fantastic, but even though I had a small camera with me, I couldn’t stop to take a picture as I knew it would make continuing even harder than it already was.
I did have to take a picture though of the showers that were set up for us:
Next raid is on June 2nd. I think I’ll go. And train for it even. Who knows, one day I may actually start to like running. Oh who am I kidding?