Last weekend was Ring Of Steall Skyrace in Glen Coe, Scotland, the last stage of the Golden Trail Series. It was my first time in Scotland and it was a really beautiful country with a lot of nice mountains. Scotland is not known for the nice weather but luckily, we had sunshine all weekend.
Ring of Steall is 28km, and 2700m of elevation with a lot of mud, technical trails and exposed ridges. Its real Skyrunning!
My legs felt good before the race and I felt really excited. Sice Pikes Peak, I have pretty much only been roller skiing to recover my legs, and it seems to have worked pretty well.
Gear, nutrition and statistics
Salomon S/lab Sense Prototype Shoe
Salomon S/lab Sense 5 set Bag with whistle
Salomon S/lab NSO Tee
Salomon S/lab sense Shorts 4
Salomon S/lab Boxer
Suunto 9 Baro and heart rate monitor
2x500ml Soft flask
Oakley Radar Ev
Petzl Actic core (Mandatory Equipment)
Emergency bag (Mandatory Equipment)
Salomon S/lab sense 360 Pants (Mandatory Equipment)
Salomon S/lab sense 360 Jacket (Mandatory Equipment)
Hestra Gloves Ergo Grip (Mandatory Equipment)
Hat (Mandatory Equipment
Map (Mandatory Equipment)
Maurten Gel100 with Caffein
Moonvalley energy bar (Before start)
This will be a quite short race report, because I’m pretty disappointed about the race in general. My feeling did niot lie, my legs felt much better than previus races. I could follow the fron easely the first climb and everything was good. Up on the first ridge, thing started to go wrong. I took a wrong path because I did not see the red markings. I had to run back and lost over 2min and a couple of positions. In desperation and frustration, I sprinted to make up some time. In the first downhill, the energy quickly started too run out and my legs was really sore.
So already halfway, I started to “hit the wall” and the rest of the race was just survival. I ran slower and slower and lost more positions. I finally fished on 11th place, far behind Nadir who won the race. SO I did not qualify for the finals in the Golden Trail Series but this summer has been a great learning experience for me and I had so much fun doing this races. Thanks to Salomon Running for all the suport and congratulations to all the runner who qualified!