Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Sellanrå Opp 2013

Race #29 2013 - 2.8 km - 21:33 - Tuesday 6th of August

On the road, with Mr LG and Mr RG.

Weather wise it did not look too bright before tonight's race. However closer to race start, at 1800, the rain decreased. I visited Maridalen, and Sellanrå Opp - one out of five races in "Maridalens Motbakkecup", together with Mr RG and Mr LG.

Mr RG.

Mr LG.

Personally this race was slightly chaotic for my liking. Too crowded, even though I bet there were a lot that did not race due to the weather. I got off in an OK pace, but it was hard running. It started off quite steep, and it was slippery on the wet rocks and roots. The inov8 Bare-Grip 200 did not change that fact. It was hard overtaking people on the narrow path, and I more or less ended up in the same position as I started in. I felt tired, and the extra energy from last week was all finished. I did run as fast as I could though, I always do. I could not keep my big brother's backs, they were stronger. Not that it did surprise me much.

inov8 Bare-Grip 200.

Even though I have been taught to do proper double lace knots my right shoe lace loosened. inov8's round laces are poorly designed, as they are close to friction free. I lost two positions tieing. Then, a few minutes later, overtaking another runner, I did hit a tree and torn one of my favorite boardshort, an almost unused Rip Curl Mirage. For the rest of the race that occupied 80% of my brain activity, I was annoyed. I know, it might sound stupid, but I love my boardshorts. The last 20% was spent on thinking about how hard it is to do hill races.


That aside, I did reach the top. Along with a lot of happy people. So did the sun, that showed it's warm face through the clouds. The hole in the shorts was forgotten, and it was time for some post race mingling. Something that seldom is a disappointment.

On my way down there came a wasp out of nowhere and decided to sting me in my right ear. It did hurt a bit. Not sure what I did to annoy the wasp. I am obviously all out of karma points.

Double darn, I need to find a good tailor. This shorts has to be saved.

However, despite of the slippery ground, the crowded track, the loose shoelace, the torn boardshorts and the wasp sting: it was all worth it.

Most of the 113 competitors (photo by Jørgen Lindalen).

The race to the top
A world we don't understand.
A beauty easy to forget.
Turning away from where we live.
Turning back to where we belong.

There is pain.
There is joy.
There is discomfort.
There is victory.

The rains falls.
The water flows.
Evanescence of the mist.
Breakthrough of the sun.

On the break of autumn.
The speechless nature watches you.
The wind embraces you.
Where you race to the top.

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8 comments:

  1. Herlig Frode. Æsj med den shortsen, dobbeltæsj med lissestopp, og så den vepsen da gitt!! Men du har jo skjønt det du, og du fanger poenget og gleden ved det hele. Og de siste ordene der gir meg jo tårer i øynene! Herlig. Takk.

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    1. Takker og bukker, Marianne. Ja, lisser kan knyttes, shortser sys og smerter går over. Det blir nok et nytt motbakkeløp på meg i september også. Satser på at vi sees igjen der!

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  2. Sellanrå opp er en teknisk krevende løype hvor du ikke får noe gratis - du har heller ingen partier hvor du lett kan løpe forbi folk - stien er for smal! Det er en fin løype, for all del, og en utrolig flott tur som virkelig er verd slitet! - men etter min mening så har altså løypa sine klare begrensninger i forhold til antall mulige startende. Jeg tror bare at man må være innstilt på å senke skuldrene og ikke bli frustrert over ikke å komme forbi folk hvis man velger å delta - på den måten får man en fin tur uansett!! Well done dude ;-)

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    1. Takk, Silja. Enig med deg. Og som du sier, det beste er å ikke stresse for mye, men heller bare "nyte" turen mot toppen så godt man klarer.

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  3. Uff, slik krise. Men nå har i hvertfall shortsen fått karakter. Du fikk med deg utsikten der oppe? Den er verdt litt strev den.
    Enig i at lissene på Inov-8 er ræva, har ikke funnet en måte å knyte dem på som gjør at de ikke glir opp igjen.
    Det gikk bedre på SRM i dag håper jeg?

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    1. Den har fått karakter. Når jeg finner en bra skredder, eller noen som er flinke til å sy, så blir den nok bra igjen. Utsikten var fin ja, selv med litt skyer.

      Inov-8 (stor i skal det være ja, egennavn, OK) har møkkalisser. Skikkelig dårlige. Er det mulig å lage runde friksjonsfrie lisser? Hallo i luken. Må si at jeg holder 10 knapper på Salomon S-lab Sense mot Inov-8.

      Mindre uflaks rundt vannet i dag, til tross for at det var litt tungt ((:

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    2. Jeg burde hatt vett nok til å gi meg etter en runde i dag. Første runde gikk greit. Andre runde var et helvete. Skylder på varmen og det rare kostholdet og tingene man utsetter seg for når man henger med en 13-åring i tre dager (luksushake på Max to timer før SRM var en utrolig dustete idé). Men uflaks kan man vel ikke kalle det... :-)

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    3. Luksusshake, høres jo knall ut det! Bra du fullførte. Jeg syntes varmen nesten var litt plagsom i kveld, men man bør egentlig ikke klage på varme dager når man bor i Oslo. Plutselig er kulda over oss nok en gang, da angrer man på at man ikke nøt shortsværet (bortsett fra når man suser avgårde på ski da)!

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