Upon returning from Germany I spent a week training and racing in the Krkonoše Mountains – a region in the north of the Czech Republic close to the border with Poland.
I was joined in a few workouts by Martina Chrástková – winner of several Czech National Championship titles in cross country skiing. My favourite part of the week was a great 20km run which went over the top of the Czech Republic’s highest point – Sněžka (1602m) – roughly translated as “Snowy”. It certainly lives up to it’s name as over a week ago it had it’s first snowfall of the year. The peak straddles the border with Poland so I have now visited three countries on my continental training tour.
On Saturday I raced a 7.5km cross country race in Vrchlabí. I was quite pleased with my effort and pacing in this race, though I just missed the podium again!
After the race I borrowed a mountain bike and cycled 35km back to Trutnov. This was a real cross country ride, passing through fields, along back roads, up logging roads in the mountains, walking the bike through short sections of hiking trails, cruising downhill on gravel roads and enjoying beautiful views all along the way.
On Sunday we left the Krkonoše mountains and drove about two hours west because I had another date with Ještěd – this time it wasn’t a run, but a 12km classic rollerski race with 600m of elevation gain to the summit. Unfortunately we weren’t racing on standardized skis, and because my skis were a bit slower than others I can’t guage how I raced too accurately.
Enjoy the last day of September! Where does the time go?