Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Gigathlon Switzerland 2015 Day 2

Over one week back at home and I am still full of emotions from Gigathlon Switzerland 2015. Previous post was the first part of race recap from Saturday. Now to what happened on Sunday!

Check out the full Gigathlon Switzerland 2015 photo album on Facebook :)

Schedule for Day 2 of Gigathlon 2015:
  • Road bike (Pavel): 52 km, 760 m elevation gain
  • Swimming (Petr M.): 3 km (it was actually 1 km run, 2,5 km swim and 1 km run back)
  • Road bike (Pavel): 61 km, 800 m elevation gain
  • In-line skating (Petr L.): 27 km
  • Mountain bike (Klára): 47 km, 1 100 m elevation gain
  • Running (Barborka :-) ): 21 km, 210 m elevation gain
Due to later start of our disciplines we slept in :-)

It was incredibly hot again. Can you see the castle behind me? The first part of my run leg was to run down to the village and then up the castle! Oooouch! Did I mention my legs were dead after Saturday? :D

Course of my leg, at 4th km the biker (Klárka) joined me (obligatory in the rules) and we finished together. As you can see the course goes along the river - unfortunately upstream. Meaning almost invisible climb all the way to the finish...

Yep, pretty much that.

It was really hard for me to keep the paces fast enough and my heart rate up as I wanted in the second half. I also needed to make a pit stop (wooops). The heat and two day fuelling took its toll. I am happy that I managed to pump up my effort for the last 1-1.5 km. Translated in two overtaken team of five runners :)

What is great about Gigathlon is that your team is waiting for you and you finish all together!

Not very representative, but yep that is me just after finish.

Recovery time ... still in the Royal Bay compression socks & drinking Chi coconut water & coconut milk "iced" latté (unfortunately it wasn't really iced in the 30 degrees weather :D ) provided by My Botainka.

As the evening approached, most of the tents disappeared. Even though there were still some competitors finishing! I can't imagine the effort of those "single" true Gigathletes!

Overall Gigathlon 2015 was great experience. This race has over 10 years of tradition in Switzerland and you can see that the top athletes, teams and couples take it very seriously (like having World Inline skating champion in the team :D ). On the other hand, the race has a huge aspect behind the performance. You go through the region, see many interesting sights (like the two castles pointed out alongside the river for swimmers :D ) and you propel yourself only using your body and ecologic equipment. Transfers between different transition areas are made by trains that are free for competitors and supporting crew. So the whole event is quite ecological. Also, you have the tents and the daily meals provided by the organisers, meaning all the athletes are more or less together throughout the weekend. The atmosphere was amazing!

The Czech Republic Gigathlon at Lipno in September 2016 was announced several times during the commentary. So we had people out of our teams asking about it when they realised we are Czech. I hope to see you all next year at Lipno!!!

Finally note on our performance: we finished 47th out of 563 teams which I think is pretty amazing! Great team spirit and great experience all the way around! We definitely set the bar pretty high for the next year challenge :)

You can find all the photos on my Facebook page.

First treat after arriving back to Prague on Monday morning ... breakfast at Café Savoy :)

And necessary recovery through cryo therapy at Kryocentrum. I cannot recommend this way of recovery enough! I have been using it for relatively short time, but I certainly love it!

Monday, July 13, 2015

Gigathlon 2015 Day 1

We arrived to Aarau, Switzerland on Friday morning and got all soaked up in the excitement and atmosphere of Gigathlon 2015 - I wrote about it in the previous post. We went to bed (well in the sleeping bag) relatively early, I only opened one eye when Klárka got up at 5 am to get ready for her 8 am mountain bike start. Got up around 7:30 to watch the mass start. 600 mountain bikes were really massive. The single and couple competitors already started at 6 am.

What was on the schedule for Day 1 of Gigathlon 2015?
  • Mountain bike (Klára): 39 km, 1 180 m elevation gain
  • Swimming (Petr M.): 9 km (in the current, so "reality" was something around 4,8 km - crazy distance anyway!)
  • In-line skating (Petr L.): 31 km, 250 m elevation gain
  • Running (Barborka :-) ): 18 km, 670 m elevation gain
  • Road bike (Pavel): 96 km, 1 950 m elevation gain
We have young and promising MTB athlete Klára in our team, unfortunately the danger of mass start hit her, someone bumped in her from back and twisted part of her gear shifter, so she had to repair it by herself and only finished her leg on 5 gears :( Advantage was that we were passing our competitors all the way to the finish of day 1. Pavel and me had pretty long day as we were only starting around noon (me) and 2 pm (Pavel).

Nutrition prep - UCAN for hours :D I don't like starting later in the day as fueling becomes difficult.

Saturday running route ... just three little climbs :D

And the elevation chart did not lie - my Garmin did match it quite well!

Average 170 BPM & 180 BPM maximum heart rate.

I walked all the steep uphills to keep my heart rate lower and be able to run fast immediately from the top. I think this strategy worked well. I walked faster than some people running the uphills and I passed 95 % of those who overtook me on the the uphills. I finished in 1:40:59 (1:40:14 according to my Garmin), happy with the effort! Resulted in 146th time for my leg on Day 1 out of almost 600 people in the Team of Five competition.

The transition area was in this beautiful amphitheatre. 

I ran pretty much wrapped in Royal Bay compression gear :D The thigh extreme sleeves are great to protect your thigh muscles on downhills! Get my discount code for Royal Bay shop.

Our team recovering from Day 1 effort, compexing my legs :)

Fro Yo treat!!!

Pavel finishing our Day 1 effort - he got seriously overheated and still finished with 52nd time out of 564 teams that started!

With Pavel just after he finished... he is trying hard to look OK, but you can see the effort in his face. Great job!

Přemek from the Czech couple team finishing!

Eating dinner :D

Evening recovery swim in the river was great!

Even one day was great experience and very tough race. I couldn't imagine how it would feel racing next day half marathon distance with elevation again! 

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Gigathlon 2015 Day 0

Greetings from Switzerland! We arrived this morning to take part in the here traditional race Gigathlon, it consists of swim, inline skating, road bike, mountain bike and run. I am taking part in the "Team of 5" which means every member has his/her own discipline. You have the discipline both Saturday and Sunday in more or less half ironman distance smile emoticon But there are also singles who do all the 5 disciplines on both days!!! And couples where there are 2 people, 1 has to be female and has to do at least 2 disciplines ... uffff, what an achievement! 

In Prague just before leaving on Thursday evening ... we arrived to Aarau on Friday morning.

Our team number is 1698 and you can follow us through the live tracking website.
(The Czech teams are: 1698, 1699, 1700 & 747 in couples)

We are here not only to compete, but also to promote the Gigathlon in Czech Republic, that will be held in September 2016 at Lipno Lake.

Selfie at the finish line - this is where I will be finishing the last leg of the race on Sunday!

Our team from left: Pája (road bike), Klárka (MTB), Petr (inline skating) & Petr (swimming) and myself as runner :)

Here expressively demonstrating our sports :D

The courageous ones: couple team with their support crew!

Gigathlon has accommodation included in your entry fee :)

Team & tent buddies :)

Pink nails!!!

Carb loading on fro yo :D

There are around 6 000 participants in this race all together all staying in those tents!

Afternoon stretch our legs jog with Honza who brought the idea of Gigathlon to the Czech Republic!

Beautiful sights!

Rehydrating with Chi coconut water from My Botanika

Start of the "prologue" race on Friday - introduction and honours to the single competitors who go through all the 5 disciplines on Saturday and Sunday!

We had some trouble getting our gluten free meal options, so we had to take selfie with our meals when we finally got them. No carbs before racing would be really bad and all the other options were pasta :(

Team Gigathlon Czech Republic 1

Life saver idea - they would borrow you external battery to charge your phone!

Petr getting his skates ready while giving inline skating advice to Zuzka :D :D :D

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Happy Birthday Girls In Shape :-)

What an evening!!! I got great honour of being invited as guest to the birthday party celebrating 2nd anniversary of the blog Holky ve formě (Girls In Shape would be the name in English I suppose :) ). Bára and Lenka are great bloggers and also great friends and source of inspiration. What is more, the event was held at the NTC+ boat in Prague.

Beautiful surroundings, ready to do some runnig.

But we got beauty treatment by Clinique first. 
Well how could you run without make up right? :D :D :D 
Everything happens for the first time sometimes :D

Bára and Lenka on the right introducing the programme

Bára held the NTC+ training session ...

... and the rest of us went for a run :) Here Lenka sowing some drills.

My legs got little strength session in the stairs ... there were more flights coming after this :D

Beautiful weather for an evening run, great company!

And we all got treated with a nice swag from the supporting companies ... Nike, Clinique, MatchaTea, Generation UCAN, Isostar and Elle magazine.

Looking forward to the next year's celebration! Happy birthday girls! <3