Transvulcania ultra 74km race.
Mountains of volcanos, beaches, forests, tropical island just like Madeira which I've ran before helping me with the training for La Palma but how to plan for the heat!!
La Palma is a beautiful little island with lovely natural beauty everywhere, Our race had it all with incredible mountains with a lovely backdrop of islands pecks near by.
This race had very technical tracks, tough & brutal but fun 😜 hills that never ended ( which I loved)
jagged rocks for miles, slippery downhill sandy paths that ripped our feet lots as well as the little stones from the sand lots of sand! Few people was wearing gathers but I went against using them "less is more" I kind of like the feeling of little stones in my shoes anyhow !! There was so much scree & hard on your eyes you really needed sun glasses on this route. We had to scramble up long brutal & tough hills!! But like all hills once up there's always nicer downs & I ripped down all the downhills😜🏃🏻😱
I started using my running poles about 25km in & used them till the end & they came in great I loved them as their were strong but light in my hands! they also helped me stay upright when I hit that wall from the heat! When Geogre had passed me out he looked back to see was I ok & said he you didn't look good as I was pending over on my poles trying to beat the heat😱
The hardest point on this race for me was the heat it really did kill me I had passed out from it & think I was like a zombie for 2-5mins stopping to rest from the beating sun / heat every now & then on the mountain! Not a good feeling at all I wanted to get sick! Lots of people were helping me & I got up trying to find any shade from that sun!!! I just couldn't breath ! The others from our team love the heat but not me am more a rain, snow & fog man!!!! Once I made it very slowly up to the shade & into the woods which I must say gave me my mojo back as I was about to give up about 50k in!! Nicola Cleary had passed me as well as David Turk & said the same you don't look good juju! I told all to keep pushing I'll be fine...That heat really killed me so much! Passing out isn't good for the body I was really sick!!
The race mountain rescue helpers came over to me at one point giving me the full testing & saying your not good to carry on !!😳💥☀️ & I said NO WAY am going to push on I think they tried to stop me but I ran off !! Hoping they didn't take my number down & give me a DNF at the end!! So known there was only 24k left my race started & had to push on & was super happy with myself at this stage as I was running like I always do ripper on the super techie rocky steep down hills just playing really I can't write how tough that track was but it was fun passing out lots of runners while they where walking downhill.
Most was walking down due to its steep slippy & rough rocks but for me it was jujus playground & loved it all!!! passing all out again the shock on people's faces as they all thought I was well gone & passed out!!! I passed Nic out too ( sorry I didn't stop ) I was going to fast! Then passed Dave think he said WOW you recovery fast !! Thanks for your hugs dude!!
That DH was the steepest hill I ever ran down in my life very dangers and I did see many hurt them selfs on it!! 😱 I was very lucky!!
I'd say the pain in their legs wasn't a nice feeling anyhow I met a lovely couple who we all ran with each other by REALLY they knew how to run fast down them rocks which I loved the most!!!
Soon we came to the view of sea & WOW that super rocky zig zag path all the way down think about 15k maybe less not sure but I loved it so much racing it all jumping everything & just letting go no fear tap tap tap it's my the best fun all day!!!! Juju was back & feeling stronger then ever before!!!
And then when you think it's all over its not as the ultras had 5k left UP HILL & it was SUPER TOUGH & virtual too!!! But pushed on in pain my body had hit its max of running so 4-5min km pace down hill with lots of champs but knew if I stop I will never start again! Lots of people on the streets had water for us but I couldn't drink it & had it dropped over my head to cool me off! It worked too😜😎 last 3k or so was flat & it was my race so time to give it all & pushed on passing lots of people all in so much pain ( I felt the same ) trying to help a few people too as they fell over in pain!! But needed to keep moving & soon came to end last 1k to see 1000's of people everyone outside the cafes pushing us on at this stage I was crying lots as for my pain of such a very tough adventure with that dam heat !!!!!!!! & then seen that lovely mat & gave it socks push push push I was very happy that I could push that fast on my forefoot staying nice & light tap tap tap to the end of the race!!!!!
GREAT to see My friends George & Sam at the end...
My GPS moving time 13hours 7mins over all race time 14hours 22mins 26secs!! Not the best but happy I didn't give up!!
Thanks for reading peace & juju hugs to you all..
Big thanks to the MSR team Greatoitdoors for everything..