The vans are loaded up and we're about ready to head out of Strbske. Next we're on to Roznov pod Radhostem in the Czech Republic.
It's been a great start to the trip - with a lot of good training, both on and off the hill. As I mentioned earlier, we did a competition on Sunday, which went pretty well for our whole team. Aleck Gantick had the long jump, and Michael Ward ran up from 4th to win it. I had a solid jump and ran up to 3rd place. I think we surprised the Czechs by taking 4 out of the top 5 places. The competition in Roznov will be tougher though; the Czech A team, along with athletes from Poland and Ukraine, will also be competing with us.
We also went on two awesome hike/runs while we were here. Our coach, Martin, lived and trained in Strbske for most of his career, so he knows all the best spots. On Monday, we ran up to a 60-plus foot waterfall nestled in the mountains. It was raining off and on going up but the rain and fog definitely added to the mystique. Fortunately, my camera was safe at home, unfortunately, I don't have any pictures to show. As we switchbacked up beside the waterfall it was tough to tell what was rain and what was mist blowing off the falls. I felt like I was in a Lord of the Ring's scene - especially when we got over the falls and found a small, misty mountain lake.
On the other hike we climbed over 2000 vertical feet to the peak of one of the nearby mountains. It was a crisp, clear day and I was just enjoying the views the entire time. Three hours of hiking in the Tatras is not a bad way to spend a morning.
Ooops - actually didn't get this up this afternoon when I wrote it. I'm in Rosnov now with a busy day ahead tomorrow!
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