Stage 7: St. Vigil to Neiderdorf, Italy
Gore-Tex Press Release HERE
- 42k. 1950m (6,396ft) ascent. 2000m (6,560ft) descent.
- 4th longest distance day.
- 3rd largest elevation day.
- yep. The podium finish wore off and we woke up super tired. LOL
- in our opinions, stage 7 was the hardest day based on profiling. It had to really big climbs and two VERY steep descents.
- The route was quite technical, as well. There were chains (Via Ferrate) routes on some of the descents, which on a dry day we wouldn't have required but the steep rocks were wet and very slick. Your footing had to be very sure in a few sections on this stage.
- After the first climb, we descended into Wildsee National Park and ran beside a beautiful lake.
- Trent was waiting for us because the weather wasn't conducive for him to ride, so he thought he would hike the second climb with us.
- It was fun to have his fresh energy out there and as you will see by the photos, he had lots of time to snap while waiting for us to slowly ascend.
- We were actually in 4th position for most of the day. Then we hit the road for the last 7-8k and it just beats our bodies up like nobody's business. Plus we had to pee. So we ducked behind a barn and saw the US women's team rip past us.
- To our surprise (we felt like we were hours behind) we were only 4min behind 4th place and 5min behind 3rd place and finished in 6:15hr.
- Regardless, we were SO tired, we thought it would be funny to run across the finish line with our poles unclicked. Well as it turns out it was only hilarious to us because nobody else understood the joke. LOL Instead we crossed the finish line with looks of puzzlement and confusion from the spectators and announcers. ha!
- Carrie and I literally grabbed a meat bun, Gore-Tex fuzzy blanket, two Gore chairs and plunked our hurting asses down. For 45min we cuddled while we waited to for Trent.
- Trent was out in his glory and decided after climbing up with us he would to even higher and summit a nearby peak. It took him a little longer to get down past all the other runners.
- Our friend Sorin gave us the nicest compliment. He came over to tell us how much he likes us and appreciates our trail spirit. He went so far to say we were the most sympathetic athletes he has ever met. His eyes were a bit teary as he also shared the news that his partner had to drop out. This will always be a special memory for Carrie and I. Events like this are about so much more than running.
- we stayed at the finishing town, Sexton, which was approx. 20min away, rather than one night in Niederdorf and one night in Sexton. We wanted to have somewhat of a feeling like we could settle in f a few days.
- we were so tired, we showered, I sat in the ice bath at the hotel and then we decided to go for pizza instead of drive back to Neiderdorf for the pasta party. Everything was closed for 1.5hrs. I was borderline "hangry" so I hoped out of the van, went into the grocery store, bought a bag of potato ships, block of cheese and some prosciutto. The three of us slummed it on the sidewalk smashing some food until the pizza joint opened.
- we had a p.j. party that night. Carrie bunked in our room until a single room opened up the next night. We slept like lead.