The Transalpine Run 2012 – Stage 3
Jody and Ceri complete Stage 3 of the Transalpine Run 2012Tuesday, 4 September, 2012
Distance to go: 189 km Number of blisters: 2 Body parts chafed: 0 Beers consumed: 2 (at the time of writing) Sadists. It's the only way to describe the organisers of the Transalpine Run. Today was proof of that with another huge distance (46.5 km) with 2,258 metres of ascent thrown in to ensure every muscle fibre in our legs is shredded by the time we cross the finish line. It got off to a great start, though. First, I managed to buy a pair of (inexplicably expensive) second hand poles to replace the poles I snapped yesterday which is a clear necessity in the coming days. Then, after our near miss with the cut-off times, we managed to drag ourselves up the first huge ascent of 1,000 metres over 10 km in less than two hours. This put us well ahead of schedule and meant we needn't worry about cut-offs as long as we maintained our steady pace. From the first summit we traversed along the side of the mountain on an enjoyable runnable track – very different from yesterday's stop-start experience – to take us to the second food station and our next major ascent. Both ascents happen either along or up to ski resorts meaning, at times, we were walking up the slopes those mad slalom skiers finding themselves hurtling down. Now I'm no championship skier, but I reckon going downhill is a lot more fun than walking uphill. The top of the mountain was a boggy mess and for 10 km we tripped and shuffled as quickly as we could to the resort itself and the highest point we would reach for the day at 2,086 km. At this point, it was downhill all the way for another 10 km to end our stage into the tiny town of Neukirchen am Grossvenediger. Say that after a few beers.