Training Log: Ecmo
In the last 7 days:
|activity|| # ||time||miles||km||+m|
| ||Walking||3|| 12:20:00|| 30.76||(24:04)|| 49.5||(14:57)|| 1100|
| ||Running||3|| 3:45:00|| 23.92||(9:24)|| 38.5||(5:51)|
| ||Total||6|| 16:05:00|| 54.68||(17:39)|| 88.0||(10:58)|| 1100|
Running warm up/down 16:00  3.0 km (5:20 / km)
Running intervals 18:00  4.0 km (4:30 / km)
Around Catedral ski resort near Bariloche. Really struggled to warm up even after a 2 day break from the hiking and running in Chalten. The travel day yesterday probably had an impact. This was half intervals and half a run with surges - surges were 30s to 60s with recoveries of 30s to 45s.
Walking 2:00:00  11.5 km (10:26 / km) +1100m 7:04 / km
Sam and Elise did a short walk over part of the run I did two days ago (Chalten to Lago Capri and return) which left me free to tackle something a bit more substantial.
Power walked from Chalten up to the summit "Loma del Pliegue Tumbado". Total climb was 1100m (400 to 1490). Reached the summit in about 1hr 45m then walked around a little and climbed/scrambled down the very steep summit pyramid to get to the 2 hours.
The weather was great - scattered cloud and no wind. The views were stupendous. I could see the summit of Fitzroy wreathed in cloud and in the other direction pretty much the whole of Lago Viedma (plus everything else in between).
I passed a lot of hikers on the way up taking advantage of such a good day.
Running 53:00  9.5 km (5:35 / km)
From a bit below the summit I ran back to Chalten finishing beside the bakery that sells 6 pastries for about $3 (to be fair I left 3 for Elise and Sam).
This was fun - probably about 900m of descending and about 30m climbing. Much of the trail was pretty smooth - maybe 3k's out of 9 were very rocky and twisting.
My legs are surprisingly ok (3 hours later).
Walking 5:00:00  20.0 km (15:00 / km)
From Chalten to Lago Torre at the foot of Glacier Grande and back with Sam and Elise, covering some of the ground I ran through yesterday. Some showers during the walk, getting heavier as the day went on. Wind was also gusting at times but surprisingly it wasn't very cold.
Near the far point just before Lago Torre, we walked next to the Rio Fitzroy which was flooding over the track in places (it rained heavily last night). Lago Torre had a few icebergs in it and we met an Aussie guy who observed "Better than Thredbo". I could only agree. Another really nice walk.
Running 2:18:00  22.0 km (6:16 / km)
PN Los Glaciares. I did a triangle of 6km up the trail following the valley of the Rio Fitzroy then 7km to Camp Poincenot then another 7km back to Chalten plus 2ks through town. Left early to beat the predicted strong winds later in the morning and after lunch. This was a fabulous run.
A slow start doing the first 3ks to Mirador Torre which is primarily open moorland/steppe with little gullies and plenty of rocks. The climb up from town is about 200 meters but the contours on the map (50m interval) hide the fact that a lot of this section is 20 meters up then 10 meters down.
The next 3km to the turn off to Poincenot had some nice views down to the Rio Fitzroy. After the turnoff, the next 1.5k was the toughest of the run climbing about 200 meters through some really nice open forest with lots of very old and stately trees. Being conservative I walked all of the climb, this was easily the slowest part of the run.
The next 5km to the turn just before Poincenot was amazing. The run followed the side of some really pretty tarns through open alpine meadows with the Fitzroy massif to the left. I only saw 2 people on this section as it's a fair hike from town and it was still early in the morning. There were some narrow sections through thick bush carpeted with millions of caterpillars. After each section I was checking my body for hitchhikers - I did get one or two on me and itched like crazy for a few minutes.
On the third side of the triangle I was still feeling really good and even ran the uphills on this section (they were pretty small to be fair). The last few ks dropped about 400 meters back down to the town and I stretched out down the hill although I had to dodge the heavy stream of hikers heading out the other way. By now the wind had got stronger and was directly behind me and the very last kilometer of the run was easily the fastest (4.33 straight down the main street of Chalten).
I was really surprised how well I ran especially after a long walk yesterday.
Walking 5:20:00  18.0 km (17:47 / km)
Around El Chalten. We started at Hosteria El Pilar and headed up the valley of the Rio Blanco to Poincenot. From there we climbed a steep mountain trail to Lago de Los Tres at the foot of the glacier of the same name. Then we retraced our steps to the car.
Scenery was wonderful as always. Weather was good (though we had a few showers in the first half hour and it was windy as always in these parts) with lots of people out for the day. High on the mountain we met an Aussie couple from Wollongong who were also on a one year round the world trip with their kids - quite a coincidence.
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