úterý 6. listopadu 2012

Tabáni Spartacus Cup

New training season has already started this week, so I realize to celebrate it on weekend competition. On programme were two long distance races. And I knew that after friday bike trip it will not be really easy race.

And I was right! First about 12km was without problem, but last two kilometers I started to have muscle problems on my legs. I had to slow down and it means some second loose to best runner(s) :-)

Last 7 controls
On this analysis you can see my looses to Csaba - Almost 2 minutes. You can see results and my map with routechoices:

Saturday long distance
On Sunday it was in quite similar terrain like on Saturday. Maybe it was not so green, but there were more climbing. So at result it should be the same time like on Saturday. But I did a lot of mistakes and some bad routechoices. Csaba beated me more than 5 minutes!

First bad routechoice
 On the image above you can see my first bad routechoice. In my opinion, the best solution is marked like yellow dash line. My solution - to go throw two valleys really was not the best solution ever... :-D

Second bad routechoice
Here is my second mistake. It looks like balanced routechoice, but the end was from my side to big hill so it was definitelly slower. You can see here also position of the only one refreshment station on our 13,3km long track... I think it is not necessary to comment it closer.

Sunday long distance

I did some more mistakes like control number one... small hole in the middle of nowhere... But this type of control points are in Hungary quite famous... I do not know. Maybe just I need more luck :-) Next chance will be next weekend in Juniper open. It is last hungarian competition. Than winter will come. So I have to find some another entertaiment for long winter weekends... Do you have any tips?

pátek 2. listopadu 2012

Bike trip to Triplex

This morning I check the weather forecast and I found out that it will be nice autumn weather without rain and temperatures about 18°C. It sounds like the best time to do some bike trip. My aim was to reach town Makó and continue with east direction to one geocache. In fact, my pla was to found this cache, because it should be my the most eastern cache ever!
I knew that in Szeged there is a lot of bike paths or at least bike stripes. But in fact it was not easy to find the right one. Signing of this paths is not perfect at all, so it looks that sometimes they are going from nowhere to nowhere :-) Or maybe just my mind is not compatible with hungarian bike paths designers... 

As you can see on picture... sometimes this path ends on edge on big road ;-) But throw this small "mistakes" is bike paths net much more better then in Czech Republic. Also quality of paths are mostly better then in Czech. 
After first 15 minutes of finding route out of Szeged I was succesful and I went quite fast to east via Makó. All the time there was special bike path near main road. But first problem came after 15 km. Bike road suddenly ended.

End of bike road. And main road  with forbidden sign for cyclist
OK, In fact across big road there was one another dirty road, but it ended after few hundred metres.

I meet there some hungarian "grandpa" and with usage of Hungarian-Czech-English-German language we discussed that this is end of bike road and it is necesery to go back 3 km to closest village and go aroud. I stop in the village for lunch and realize that is time to change plans. It was quite far away to easter geocache, so I find out that there is one more cache on Hungarian-Serbian-Romanian borders. The Triplex monument.

It mean to go one more village back to Szeged and then turn left to South. 
Really flat region
After one small mistake (I did not turn left, because I like bike path :-)) Next 8 km and I was in Kübekháza village. To the cache it was just 3km, but it was on really dirty road. Especially because bad signing of route I did one more navigation mistake so at all it was more then 8 km on that dirty road at all. After last few rainy days it was not really easy to ride there. But I wanted to see borders and cache so I did it

 There was nice monument on this Triplex border.

Serbian guard tower
There were few Serbian guard towers along borders. I did not feel there so comfortable throw it was abandoned...

Trip was finally about 70km long! It was my first bike trip after 2 moths, so I feel really tired :-) This weekend will continue with Spartacus Tabányi cup about 80km to west from Budapest. I have no idea if I will be able to run both day more than 13km :-D

Garmin's widget is sometimes not working, so here is link: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/239426908