So yes, it is time for the yearly Gruyere Running. This is the 6th edition of the run. How did Marcus and Agata get on
In retrospect an absolute disaster! Marcus did not have breakfast and we were all too busy getting race numbers for tomorrow's Cyclotour around the lake and then distributing them to other people.
As a result Marcus started the race de-hydrated. I know, how stupid is that. I found this out because at Km 3 I was forced to consume my Race Gel that I had calculated I would take at Km 8. It was an emergency
The whole of the run was charmingly rustic / rural. Meaning its in a very villagy area, we love Gruyere anyway for the cheese, even the presents looks and probably are sourced from local providers. Really fantastic
Oh and you can sign up on the day, meaning that in the case of bad weather you can just stay in bed or decide not to participate
Today however it was anything but cold and this would come to haunt Marcus in the race
So I started from the back which is always a pretty dumb thing to do, especially if at Km 3 or thereabout there is a single track part which the competitors I was behind were walking.
Practically speaking then it is almost impossible to catch the front runner since they will not have walked increasing their lead.
So at this point I got a little grumpy and decided to go for it. Actually doubly stupid as I realised that I had started somewhat dehydrated and in this heat things were rapidly going downhill
KM 4 - 12
I really went for it and thought that I was really moving past many people with moderate effort
KM 13 - 20
What a disaster! After a feed station around KM12 at the end of a big hill I was not expecting (because I did not study the race profile ... idiot!) I was basically done! I managed to keep going on the flatter sections that represented this latter half of the race, but naturally most other people were accelerating and did so, flying past me.
I made up some time on any descent where by some miracle I was always quicker than other. Remarkable since native Swiss normally descend like rabbits and my UK roots mean I am still a little wary.
There is a hill at the end. I waddled up it like a pensioner on their last legs. I was overheated, dehyrated and a little cross at my slowness. Still the majority of the race was great, so beautiful that for a time I actually switched off the Musical entertainment / assistance just to take everything in.
I was initially okay but then due to lack of water I felt exceptionally tired. I had to lie down.
Surprisingly after seeing my darling wife, she was as I suspected only minutes behind me, and drinking some liquid I made a complete recovery. I am smiling and feeling fit again. How about that then
One Last look Around
Husband, take me home. And so I did.
Tomorrow rumour is that we might be cycling upto 180Km around the Lake, in the yearly Cyclotour race . So an Early night I think (although it is midnight now and I have to rise at 5am hmm).
Yep, too slow gromit!! > 15 minutes slower than last year! The Garmin graphs are not helping as they are not baselining well but I don't have time to correct this now.
Official Gruyere Running