Training in Brazil For My Ultra Run Challenge
Rio de Janeiro is heaven for sports enthusiast!
The city’s good weather, ocean winds, mountain terrain and the sporting nature of the Copacabana and Ipanema area provide the perfect boost for sports.
Rio de Janeiro (Rio) is the second most populated city in Brazil after Sao Paulo. It has a population of 6.5 million with a further 12.5 million in the urban area. Rio is located in the southeast of Brazil on the Atlantic coast.
Rio hosted the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic games and in 2014 was a host city for the World Cup. Tourists from all over the world flock to Rio to see one of the most iconic landmarks in the world, the Statue of Christ the Redeemer. They are also attracted by its beautiful beaches, landmarks such as Sugarloaf Mountain, festivals, architecture and of course sports.
So at last, my ultra running challenge is approaching and the related cooperation and partnership agreements have been closed. The quest can really start now!!!
I have been training now for a month in Brazil in Rio de Janeiro. Which is very motivating and a good exercise location. People here have a super sporty look and everywhere you can see people training, they are jogging and at every corner, they have a gym. Copacabana and Ipanema areas are offering one of the worlds best morning run routes. So if you dream of a workout vacation, then I can highly recommend Rio de Janeiro.
It has also been super easy to get food in Rio. Grocery stores are full of health and organic alternatives. Also, restaurants offer a lot of trendy fitness and healthy lifestyle options.
I wanted to find a location where I can concentrate 100% on training and it has been a great success here. Of course, I have enjoyed the attractions and beach life in Rio de Janeiro.
Training has gone very well and I have already experimented personal best time for the half marathon.
I had a minor set back for the training because of the flue. This has been little annoying and frustrating, but this is life. Not everything goes according to the plan. But I’m comfortable that I will get better and back to the training mode.
I have to leave some experiences for my next Brazilian trip because I will continue my journey to the first competition. Bryce Canyon Half Marathon is approaching and it’s time for me to say goodbye to South America and fly to Utah – USA.
I’m going there a week before the competition so I can get used to the terrain and altitude. Then it would be time for a first race. The Bryce Canyon Marathon in Utah is described as extremely hard, so it’s a good idea to go and try out the terrain there.
So first is a half marathon in Utah and next, a month later full marathon in Africa. The main event and aim are the 100km Ultra Marathon in Italy during September.
But that’s not all. I will also be conquering a few mountains along the way. More about this on my next blog.
Extremely excited, extremely motivated!!
Sunny Hello from Brazil!