Because of Agata's unexpected Achilles injury in 2006 she wisely opted for the 10Km distance leaving me all alone in the 20Km category.
Sort of an issue for me since firstly Agata has much better sports planning, meaning I would have to do some race research on my own, and secondly since she runs a little slower, I now had no excuse not to run at full speed.
Well just before the race I bumped into Dominic and he was a tremendous help. I had done no race planning at all. He explained firstly where the run was going and the profile i.e. significantly is was flat for first 3Km, then climbing for the next 6Km. This was a great help to me so I knew where I needed to put more effort in. So I set off and decided to follow a nice large 1:45 pace man with yellow balloon. Then I saw another far away baloon and decided to catch that up. Guess what, it too had 1:45 written on it. Another 10 minutes later I saw in the far distance a 3rd baloon. So I went to catch that too. Would you believe it, it also had 1:45 on it. So I was rather confused and eventually had to leave the 1:45 baloon trio and run at my own pace.
Well we both finished and today is Sunday and we are resting nicely at home thinking about the great time we had yesterday. As usual for Switzerland the organisation of this sports activity was immaculate. Well thought out directions, ample parking, comprehensive toilet facilities, and a day that was actually focused on childrens runs. The Swiss are great at encouraging sport for all and they start by encouragement at an early age. Next event, running in the Grand Canyon. We'll keep you posted.