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The Transgrancanria Advanced 2017

The Transgrancanaria Advanced is a 82 kilometres run thatĀ covers 4.300 metres of positive elevation gain onĀ Gran Canaria in Spain. I spend several months preparing forĀ this event by runningĀ hundreds of kilometres up and down the westĀ coast of Sweden.Ā Zick-zackingĀ aroundĀ iceĀ blocksĀ strandedĀ at the beach became my early morning routine. But all the training paid off and I felt pretty confident about my gaol in finishing the race below twelve hours. So I hopped on a plane toĀ Germany from where I continued my journey toĀ Ā Las Palmas de Gran Canaria with some friends.

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Ice block at the beach on the west coast of Sweden.

We arrived one week beforeĀ the Transgrancanaria to give us some rest and acclimatise to the weather. The seconds day after arrival, we headed outĀ for a short run to check out some localĀ trails. And then it happened. I twisted my ankle and it swell pretty bad.Ā Starting atĀ theĀ Transgrancanaria AdvancedĀ was in doubt. Follow my friends advise, who is a physiotherapist,Ā Ā I started severalĀ sessions of icing and heating in combinationĀ with special mobilising exercises daily. The swelling went down and I tookĀ a compromise: I was going to hike the raceĀ and drop out as soon as I feel pain.

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Roque Nublo on Gran Canaria in Spain.

A few days later,Ā theĀ Transgrancanaria Advanced started in Fontanales at 7am. The atmosphere at the starting line wasĀ amazing. Nothing I had ever seen before.Ā Ā Heading off through the narrow streets, lots ofĀ people alongsideĀ cheered as I disappeared with the other runners into the dawn. Every 10 to 15 kilometres, my friendsĀ check up on me to see how my ankle is doing. Surprisingly, it went pretty well. I kept going following the course passedĀ Roque Nublo all the way to the highest point at Pico de las Nieves. From there, I could even see the neighbouring island Teneriffa with itsĀ 3,718 metres high volcano. But then it was time to drop out to giveĀ my ankle some rest. DespiteĀ all the time and effort I put into training for this race, I didĀ not make it to the finish line. That made me feel pretty sad, but there was nothing I could do about it. Now, I am rehabilitatingĀ my ankle’s mobility andĀ strength and cannot waitĀ for myĀ next upcoming race.

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Teneriffa with its 3,718 metres high volcano in the distance.Ā 

 

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