Mar 15, 2011

Black and White in Portugal

Yesterday I came back from the not so sunny Portugal (at least in the last days). The training there was good and the weather was far more better than the one I left behind in Romania. For me Portugal was black and white. It was a loop between bad things (my hernia hurting, my ankle injury, my laptop being dead for some days, losing money, almost losing my mobile phone) and good things (meeting my friends from Portugal, making new friends, good training, great competitions, nice weather).

For me Portugal O Meeting and  II International Meeting of Arraiolos were not that good. A lot of mistakes. most of them direction mistakes (got to improve my compass skills).
In the last day of POM, the long distance, after the 4th control on a small downhill I injured very bad my ankle and had to abandon the run. I ended up in a ambulance to hospital. There I had to wait for some time for the x-ray results. The doctor said that I will be fine in 2 weeks. I really hope so!

P.S. I really want to thank 2 runners that saw me in pain and wanted to help me: Sergey Doronin and Mikko Heinonen. And a special thank you to my friend Gernot Kerschbaumer for the great Austrian chocolate he sent me while I was in the hospital. Sure made my hours there feel sweeter!



Photos can be found HERE, HERE and HERE and also on the organizer`s home pages !
My maps from Portugal are available HERE!