33.8 km (21 miles)- originally supposed to be 29.5 km but race director increased mileage due to a landslide
Vertical Distance: 1503 meters ascent, 2098 meters descent
Total Time: DAY OFF
"Always providing a view of the mountain chain of the Zillertaler Alps in the North, the 5. stage of the Transalpine-Run, with an altitude difference totaling 1500 meters and a distance of nearly 30 kilometers, leads into the heart of the Rieserferner group of mountains in the South of Ahrn Valley. On this stage, too, the route expands into alpine territory and is second to none when it comes to scenic beauty. After a short downhill stretch to Durra Alm, the long cross way to the southern slopes of Rein Valley delights runners with perfect running ground. The unique climb along the Reinbach waterfalls toward Sand in Taufers wraps up this beautiful stage."- TransAlps website
Today was the first of two days off. I was in a foul mood to say the least on having to sit out but after much weeping and restless (or lack of) sleep I gave into my body and listened for once. I had attempted to get out of bed to pee during the night and found it near impossible to walk. My leg pulsated and the skin tight. I limped/dragged myself to the toilet where I could inspect my leg better without waking Stephanie. I was scared it could be compartment syndrome, but after checking my leg thoroughly I felt pretty convinced it was ok, but just needed rest.
It was cool and foggy this morning, as I sat out on the deck I could see a castle in the distance. It was very intriguing and mysterious! I took it slow and hobbled around town today to see the "sights" as much as I could. Unfortunately, my day was disappointing. The town was tiny so the stores were kind of boring, very expensive, and I didn't feel like being very tourist-y. I think it was mostly a mental block as I have never had to sit out of a staged race before and I would catch myself negative talking a lot. Mix that with a tremendous feeling of isolation and sadness that I couldn't even make a phone call to my family or cowboy to talk out my distress because I couldn't understand how to use the payphones here in Italy...well, I was just a peach to be near I'm quite sure.
Unrefrigerated eggs! Interesting....
Yummm deli meats.
Gnocci to die for. Seriously. I dub this the BEST MEAL EVER. As in, if I were to ever have to have a "last meal" this may just be the one I chose. The gnocci lived up to their names as pillow fluffy goodness. They were nestled in salty olives and a flavorful tomato sauce. A sprinkle of cheese on top and wow. I could have easily eaten two dishes of this.
Linda and Jerry (from Cali)- great people
Lederhosen- wow these were pricey!
Very odd staging of a store front. what are those kids doing??!!
Awwww, Made me miss my pup so much.