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Sandes on the Zugspitz Ultra

2011-06-27 12:42
Ryan Sandes
"Wow – what a race and awesome experience!!" says Ryan Sandes in his latest blog ...

"The Zugspitz Ultra was my second one stage 100km race and the most elevation gain / climbing I have done in a single day…those mountains are HIGH!! Hence I started quite slowly and probably a bit conservatively but my goal was to finish the race feeling strongish with my big goal, the Leadville 100-miler just 8 weeks away.
In a nutshell I felt comfortable for most of the race and in the second half of the race I made up time on the 3 guys in front of me. I finished 3 minutes behind the 3rd guy and caught up to him on a few of the last climbs. So I am relatively satisfied with my race – it’s not a 1st but I have a bit to learn when it comes to mountain running in European conditions.  There were a few times when running up a 1200m climb that I thought to myself bring back the heat, sand and flat of the deserts..
Well done to Miguel and Julia for their wins – awesome athletes!!

With my big goal race, the Leadville 100 miler, only 8 weeks away I am feeling quite confident. It’s important that I get a few big weeks of training in at altitude and then I should be ready to run. The Leadville is a bit flatter and less technical than the European Ultra’s, which should suite me.
OK enough with the race stuff …

Next stop is Kilian’s Classik next week in the Pyrenees… then I head to the States to crew for the Hard Rock 100miler and prep for the Leadville 100.

Thanks again to everyone for your messages of support, my sponsors, family & Vanessa, Kelly and my coach and medical support team (not sure if that is the right terminology but you guys know who you are).

Read Ryan's blog at 

Ryan Sandes at Salomon Zugspitz Ultra (Plan B / Lars Schneider)


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