12 March 2009

Haanja Marathon

Picture: Me after 7 km

Last weekend, 932 participants took part of the classical skiing marathon (check last post), which was a record for this mass-start event. Last year my place was 106th and I intended to improve that place to about 40th. The course is quite narrow and hilly already from the beginning, but fortunately my number bib (64) gave me a position in the first group and I didn't have exceptional problems forcing my way past the slower ones. The tempo in the beginning was rather fast and I didn't want to fall too much behind either. After the first kilometers it was clear that my skis didn't glide as well as they were supposed to. While I was being passed going downhill, the sight was quite the opposite going uphill. So on the climbs of the first 10 km I was often passing skiers that I had already passed on the previous climb. The first 15 km were difficult, but then I could set my own sp
eed and I felt like a fresh man! Until 22nd km I had no idea which position I had. Then a spectator shouted that I was 19th! Unbelievable! On the next climb I passed two more opponents, but after that was a long even part which I wasn't looking forward to because of my bad gliding. Then I noticed that the other three men I was with, were getting either tired or my speed was to high for them, so I could get a small gap and go my own way. But there wasn't anybody close to catch, so the last 14 km I was alone. I finished 17th, which was better than I expected. My time was 2:01:21, +12:58 behind the winner (Priit Narusk). Results, heart rate and altitude.

Picture: Peeter Pihl having additional grip applied after 16 km

Tomorrow I'm heading to a training camp in Italy, Gargano. More about that when I come back.


  1. Väga vinge tulemus!

  2. Võimas süda. Ma suusatamises üle 170 pole saanud kuigi maksimum suhteliselt sarnane.
    Ja noh, see teine on ikka üks ilus pilt ka! Kahju, et see mööduv suusataja Pullerits ei ole, siis oleks täiuslik!

  3. Tänud, tänud!
    Südame koha pealt ei oska kommenteerida, aga Pullerits möödus selle fotoaparaadi jaoks liiga kiiresti (s.t. pildile jäi ainult udukogum).

  4. This marathon is awesome. Running on snow and in a cold weather is very hard. This is very challenging.