O relato do 3º lugar de Sage Canaday da Transvulcania 2014, para além de brutal (envolve alucinações, quase desistência, perder os comprimidos de sódio etc.), dá dicas preciosas. Primeiro diz que há grades 20-30% e em piso meio arenoso! Bem me parecia que a escala do gráfico escondia as rampas. Vou levar bastões. Preciso de “gaitors” para impedir pedrinhas e areia de entrar. O isto é um relato de um top runner.

Aqui um relato da Yitka Winn, uma atleta nível perfeitamente middle of the pack, e que dá um feeling mais próximo do que eu vou sentir:

The first 50K would be mostly relentless uphill—almost all of the course’s 15,000 feet of elevation gain occurs in the first half of the race. We’d run from sea level up to 7000 feet, then back down again a bit, then steeply up again to the course’s high point of 8000 feet—mostly on soft, black volcanic sand. “Every step you take uphill, your feet will slide right back down—just brutal!”“And then you’ll pop out into the crater, and blimey, it’s so hot, it’ll just feel like you’re running into a furnace!”

I had looked forward to the long downhill after the high point around 50K in, but like a child craving ice cream all day only to discover it had all melted before I got a taste, I was sorely disappointed by the reality of the downhill—so steep and technical that, on my tired legs, it was far from runnable.

The final few miles feature long stretches of steep pavement—both uphill and downhill—off of which the 90+ degree temps and beating sun were radiating like, indeed, a furnace. Two miles from the finish, a runner collapsed on the hot pavement right in front of me, screaming and writhing in pain. Medics were there in a heartbeat to carry him away. At the finish, I watched dozens more collapse and be carried away on stretchers. Is this even healthy? I asked myself, and again, Why, why, why?

Bem, eu mesmo antes de correr já sei que a descida final é muito técnica e difícil de correr, por isso não vou ter a desilusão psicológica que ela sentiu ao vê-la. Quanto à questão da elevada temperatura, prepararei uma dose mais concentrada de Perpetuem para as primeiras 4 horas, antes do calor, mas depois devo ter doses menos concentradas.

Entretanto, já encomendei isto.

endurolyte extreme

Cápsulas de electrólitos específicas para temperaturas muito altas, têm concentrações se sódio e potássio 3x superiores às cápsulas normais. Justifica-se.


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