Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Warm weather training

Not sub-zero for once 8)

Miles of sandy trails. Lovely.

An out-of-the-blue email from Canadian friends a few weeks back gave me & the Mrs the chance to spend Easter weekend on the Algarve and get away from the sub-zero spring we're having in the UK.

Quick flights were booked, bags packed and I optimistically included swimwear and several changes of running kit, most of which stayed in the bottom of the suitcase. Locals were in coats & jumpers, I was in Speedos 8)

Just my type of place in the off-season. A series of post-glory-days resorts with the usual high-rise timeshare apartments, though in late April the place is pretty much deserted. Strange to wander around with 95% of all homes shuttered up.

Germans, Brits & the Mrs were keeping the gift shops going so the resorts weren't entirely deserted, and spending a day in the mountains once the unseasonal rain cleared provided amazing views and some hair-raising corners. 

I managed to give the local brewers a fair bit more revenue, and as a result runs were shorter & completed in a less clear-headed state than usual. I cannot recommend training with a mild hangover, though it may be good for simulated altitude sickness.

Back to reality and the sub-zeros again on Tuesday, but for now..
Saude !