Monday, July 27, 2015

Trail du Vélan - 9th

This weekend I ran in the Trail du Vélan in the canton of Valais. It's a 45km race with 3600m of climbing. The race starts in the village of Bourg-St-Pierre which is the last village in Switzerland before the St Bernard pass going through the Alps to Italy. The route winds through the Alps passing by the mountain refuges of Cabane Mille, Azeria, Cabane Valorsay and Cabane Vélan.

My goal for the race was to work on my nutrition, making sure that I took in enough calories during the run, and to manage my pace consistently and within my ability for the race distance. These were two errors that I mentioned in my Lavaredo report so it felt good to have these as focuses during the race. I was pleased to do a good job on these two objectives and I think that it made the whole race more enjoyable and a little faster.

I still have some strength to work on for the long climbs and descents and I need to be certain that I can execute my improved nutrition and pacing plans in all future races.

The route was spectacular and very, very tough. It felt like a lot of climbing until about the last 7km which was all downhill to the finish. The sunrise was beautiful and the views of glaciers are always something I treasure and look forward to. I highly recommend this race!

Bourg St Pierre - nestled in the Alps.

Coming in to the finish after a good day in the mountains.

Race result: 7:23:14 and 9th.