View on the Otter Challenge.
However, I had an incredible time and loved every moment of it. The Otter Challenge is an unbelievable race! From organization to registration to the prologue to the race itself is just incredible! This was an amazing experience and I will be back one day for sure.
Registration was professional, smooth and flawless. There was a great vibe in the race village. The only queue was a short wait for the gear check. I must say this was the most thorough gear check I have ever experienced at a race. Runner safety was a top priority for the organizers.
After registration I had to run the 4km prologue. You can run this any time between registering and 16:30. We were lucky to have accommodation at the venue and I could walk everywhere I had to go.
The prologue was very scenic and started with a run on the beach followed by a testing climb. I enjoyed the run but could feel I was not my best. I think I was only about 65% ready for this race. The prologue is run to determine starting positions. Needless to say I didn’t start too far from the back :)
Race morning was beautiful and the views were incredible. 4 runners start every 30 seconds. This is determined from fastest prologue time to slowest prologue time. I felt great and enjoyed the run a lot. I was just slow on the day and the lack of training while being sick was the main reason for this. My ascents and descents were just too slow.
Pics from the race...
Pics from the race...
The views on this route are breathtaking! It is dangerous to run this with a camera :) I knew I was privileged to run here and suck in every moment. Eventually I fell behind schedule but I was actually very OK with this. I knew I would not have a great day and in the end it was perfect under the circumstances. I was slow but never felt dead and tired. I remained 100% positive and just did the best I could.
I will be back one day to complete this. I wouldn't mind doing the 5 day hike as well. Just to have time to take photos of all the incredible views.
I now look forward to my next challenge. I will run a number of races in preparation for a 50km challenge in March next year. I want to be 100% ready for that one.