Cara Amon Vertical Kilometer
Arc’athletes Tessa Hill and Didier Zago had a great showing at this year’s Cara Amón Vertical Kilometer race, part of the Skyrunning World Series, finishing second and fourth respectively. Here’s part of Tessa’s report:
“My first test of athleticism was sprinting between terminals at Paris airport (only to land up in a neighbouring plane – typical). Sadly my bag wasn't quite so nimble and missed its transfer. I arrived at Pau with hand luggage only. Thankfully I had the race essentials with me (shoes, vest, shorts). Also, I was dressed for the Scottish spring weather (3 fleeces, a thermal and a t-shirt) so I could just about get by.
But spring has been late in the Pyrenees too and it was clear by the amount of snow still left that the course would be adapted. The steep gully would be too dangerous and the rocky ridge lethal. The course was diverted on a more gentle slope and would finish lower down, giving a total of 960m climb. I was happy about this – I find my hill running is generally better than my hill power walking so gradients nearer 20% rather than 50% are good news.”
Check out Tessa’s site for the full report, including an analysis of her gear, “I raced in my Phase SL thermal (thankfully I like wearing it as much casually as I do running so I travelled in it) and this really matters when you hit conditions like I did. It's designed to wick the sweat away from the skin quickly. Had I been drenched in sweat, I'd have frozen solid.”