Saillonintze - Switzerland - 2022 - 11th

This was my first uphill race of the season at Saillonintze with it's route from Saillon up to Ovronnaz. In 2020 I did the autumn race from Ovronnaz to Cabane Rambert so I knew the area and this seemed like a good opportunity to test where my climbing legs were after focusing on speed and base training over the winter.

I ran a steady, controlled effort using heart rate to guide me at close to my lactate threshold. I was consistent throughout the run and by the end I was content that my legs coped with the steepness and continuous uphill running. However, I felt a little slow and heavy which is quite normal until I've had a chance to do more vertical gain as the trails open up in spring.

Getting started.

Just after the start with the tower of Saillon in the background.

Looking down towards Saillon and the valley below.

Passarelle Farinet about halfway up.

I think I may have been the first person following the instructions to walk over the Passarelle!

Still going up.

Ovronnaz and the finish just around the corner.

Happy with that effort.

It was fantastic to be back in the mountains and run a hard effort uphill again. Now I know where I'm at and what training I need to do leading into my goals in the summer (lots more D+ and climbing at intensity!).

Race result

23 April 2022

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