Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Swiss Jura Day 3

Well day three is over and I am still on the race, sort of.
Today's stage was 56k long, total ascend +1650 and total descend was - 1920.
I am going to be brief on my post since I have to blog on my Blackberry, we have been sleeping at arenas and such so there is no internet.

I had an outstanding day today even if the outcome was less than desirable. I felt great if a bit slower but I managed to keep up with a lot of people. The view was as usual spectacular, it reminds me a lot of Canmore with a french flair.

I was doing great and was running with 3 other women who had previously pass me for more than and hour, but at the end we all time out including three other males. We are all allowed to be late once, the catch is that I have to not only finish on time from now on but also meet the checkpoints cut out times.

I feel a bit like Rocky Balboa on his movie. Rocky' where he is down for 9 counts and saved by the bell.

We had to decide to either stay on the 350k and try or move to the 175k. Maria Medueno of Tijuana, Mexico decided to switch, she is a 3:10 marathoner with 10 years of ultrarunning experience and a former Olympian in cycling.


Everybody else is going to try. The stages are getting harder and I am getting slower so it will be very tough to accomplish this with 4 days to go, but its not impossible. I don't want to go home and wonder if I could have done it, if I try and I still fail then I will know for sure.

For all of Rob's friends, my fellow Canadian competitor, he is still running strong but has a blister, I told him not to be a such a princess so he is expected to continue and run well, he can't stop smiling since last year this is as far as he could go, had to pull out because of an injury.

I will tell you tomorrow of the stars are aligned, and like my best friend from Calgary Nadia Larsson said once when I had a hard time on a race, run strong and when your legs can't carry you any longer, run with mine. Well Nadia, hope you are ready for tomorrow.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Norma,"Be realistic, Plan for a miracle" Bhagwan Shree Rajineesh
Kudos to your courageous spirit in not taking the lesser journey of the 175k and sticking to your dream of the 350k~ we are all cheering and sending luv and positive energy 2u. Rock it all the way girl!!

Lililime said...

Norma, "Be realistic. Plan for a miracle Bhagwan Shree Rajineesh
Kudos to your courageous spirit in not taking the lesser journey of the 175k and sticking to your dream of the 350k` we are all cheering and sending luv and positive energy 2u. Rock it all the way girl!!!

Anonymous said...

Great decision Norma! Go for it...nothing to lose. One strong foot in front of the other & you'll make your cutoffs. Just think of your kids...that will get you going! You truly are a strong human being. You can do this. Put your hard hat on & get to work!!! and Good Luck :-)

Dra. Luisa said...

Heeeeey!! This is such a great coincidence! I'm Luisa, Maria's Madueno daughter and I just came on the internet looking forward for the competition with the hope to find something about my mother, but the first thing I sow was "Mexican running wild" and the only person I know who do it is She :D LOL
Please Norma, say to Her all our blessings and we are praying for her to be O.K and to finish healthy! My father and I are very proude of her and please also give'er a big big birthday hug this Friday. I'll be in contact by here.
Thank You so much.
Luisa