Maps and Pics from Austria
Here is my Euregio '04 (Austria), M21E Day 1 map.
Here is my Euregio '04 (Austria), M21E Day 2 map.
Here is my Euregio '04 (Austria), M21E Day 3 map.
|Not a bad finish/assembly area
These races are from this June in Austria. I used them as a warmup for
WMOC. The staging area is a ski resort, and some of the courses crossed
the ski slopes. The scenery and terrain was what I guess I picture Austria
as, wildflower-filled meadows, steep mountain vistas, and pine trees. The
pines look thick, but are actually quite runnable. The terrain is very steep.
I did ok, my navigation was fine, but the terrain was a bit more
physical than what I was prepared for. I'm told this is "continental
terrain", and I don't think I've really ever seen it before, or at least
not much of it.
|Atypical flat meadow on the day 1 and 3
The navigation is generally fairly straightforward -- the key route choice
skill seems to be -- sidehill or go up or down lines to a trail (or other
flatness) and faster running. Going up and down lines is brutal. I've had
no training for this sort of decision in US terrain, have no rule of thumb
for it, so I basically guessed. I was about a minute per k slower than I
felt I should be, but could not account for that amount of loss in the
post mortem analysis. Lack of experience and proper conditioning to move
thru this type of terrain was most likely the major culprit. It was also
the case that climb in the official stats was grossly understated. Peter
called it the "daily double", and I think one day we approached an
understatement that large.
I think my best day was day 2, the middle, which emphasized navigation
over route choice. Day 3 was the most interesting, with most legs being
fairly intense, except for #8, which I'm sure the course setter set for
the stunning view when running down the ski slope. One thing on day 1
I liked was the navigation thru a village on #14-#16. I like this sort
of thing, and one doesn't see it at all in the US. The organization was
first class (best of all the races on the continent this year), except
for one problem of mentioning that certain meadows were out of bounds,
but you didn't know which ones until you got there. My route plan had
me going thru one on the way to #15, day 1, when I encountered a race
official who waved me around. I could see the ballistic (apparent) meadow
owner yelling about the elephant tracks thru his meadow. Pretty bizarre.
|Peter needed more running after the race and the mountain
|Any edelweiss near the top of the
After the race on day 3, I climbed that huge mountain with Peter. The
views were absolutely stunning from all 4 sides. One of my goals of coming
to Austria was to find out what edelweiss was. I figured it must be growing
in those meadows; it all looked so Sound of Music and all.
Peter won his class on one of the days, and his prize was some sort of book
on the plants and flowers of Austria. Boy was I surprised that we could not
find Edelweiss in that book. I guess I'll have to go back.