Vi packade ner lite grejer och begav oss ut på ett spontant äventyr söder ut. Var hamnade vi då? Jo i Kullaberg i Skåne.
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Här går loppet Kullamannen som vi båda spanat i i flera år. Vi har hört att det ska vara magiskt fint.
Där bodde vi Vi började med att checka in på Hotel Kullaberg som också är Kullabergs äldsta hotell. Rummet var stort och fint med utsikt ned över vattnet.
Vilse dag 1 Vi tog på oss löparkläder och gav oss ut för att utforska en slinga vi kollat upp. Det var lite klurigt i början men sedan kändes det som vi var på rätt väg, trodde vi. Efter 6 km visade det sig att vi sprungit åt helt fel håll. Vi försökte fråga oss fram men insåg sedan att vi behövde springa samma väg tillbaks hem innan det skulle bli mörkt. Vi bestämde att försöka springa slingan nästa dag istället.
Tillbaka på hotellet blev det en god middag innan vi somnade till vågornas brus.
Äventyr dag 2 Dag 2 började med en god frukost på hotellet medan vi spanade in ett gäng surfare som var ute och surfade i de stora vågorna. Vi packade ihop och checkade ut innan vi gav oss ut för en ny löptur.
Nu kom vi rätt och det var verkligen super fint. De gröna landskapet gjorde att det kändes som vi var utomlands och inte ett kallt februari i Sverige. Vi sprang längst ut på en udde till en fyr. Här sprang vi runt och spanade in småstigar innan vi fortsatte på rundan.
Tillbaka vid bilen bestämde vi att avsluta med ett kallbad som faktiskt inte var så kallt som vi trodde.
Kullaberg är ett område vi verkligen vill komma tillbaka till och springa på mer.
Vi har skapat en ny nyårstradition! Vi började med att åka till Dumme mosse för att springa. Väl där insåg vi att det ver otroligt många som tänkte samma sak. Många hade åkte dit för att gå en promenad. Vi tycker att löpning är roligare. Vi sprang på spångar och mosse. Det var blött och mjukt på mossen och spångarna var lite hala av is. Totalt blev det ca 1 mil. Många tittade på oss och skrattade då vi sprang runt med shorts. Det var ju ändå + 3-5 grader så vi tyckte shorts passade bra.
Efter löpningen åkte vi till ett rekordförsök. Så många viterbadande som möjligt samtidigt i Vättern. Det var riktigt kallt och blåsigt. Om det blev rekord eller inte vet vi inte än men det var riktigt kul.
What a race we got to experience. This was our first World Series race! We have done ÖtillÖ sprints before that you can read about here – Hvar , Utö , Engadin. We did this race powered by Mr Green.
If you want to read about our whole weekend in Malta we have a longer post about it HERE.
Saturday The forecast was storm and rain and the sun was shining. We looked at the sprint race, attended the Clean the ocean event, picked up our race kit and got to know all about the race at the race briefing. It looked like the stormy weather was coming for our race day and they changed the course a little bit. We were happy for that afterwards.
Fanny felt extra nervous because she felt a little bit sick and didn’t know if she would be able to do the race.
Sunday – Race day We had an early breakfast at our hotel room and at the same time it was rain and thunder outside. Fanny felt better and we decided to do the race! We had a pick up that took us to the race bus. The bus took all participants from the finish line at hotel Golden Sands Beach to the start in Valletta.
The start was in the middle in the city Valletta and we started with 1300 meters of running.
We started out pretty slow in the start due to the slippery stones and came far behind on the first swim. It was a great wake up call to realised how many teams who were in this race. Over 200 teams and 400 people. It was crazy in the water. So many people everywhere and it was a real struggle. With that in mind we should have pushed harder from the beginning so we’d swim with those with a little more speed than the ones we fought with. We came up whole and kept on running. The other swim was much better and the field had split up a lot.
After that it was a really nice course with quite short swims and running a long the coast of the town. We met a running race and everyone was cheering on each other in the rain. We came to some longer swims and it was a little bit hard to see the end point. The waves and the rain maked it harder. We switched who was in the front when we were swimming. We both felt a little bit more tired than we use to do.
We think everyone who did the race will remember mudland. Holy shit. Tough mudder, Tjurruset etc, you have nothing to compare with this. It was a real struggle but we manage through without falling. Some long swims later and we had done like 2/3 of the race we started to reach the top of the island and the stormy side. Yes, it was like Koster Swimrun 2018 all over again, but worse. It was sometime a little bit hard to see the markings because the wind took them down but overall it was an amazing job from ÖTILLÖ marking and remarking the course. We ran about 100 meters wrong at one point but we had our map in our watches so we just checked the watch and realised that we need to run back to find the right path.
The last bit of the race was the most interesting bit. Amazing trails on the hills of Malta. It was a real adventure. We both felt much stronger uphill and could run slowly uphill when we normally needed to walk. We came to the third last swim and that was the one they had taken away. When we saw how the water looked like we were really happy that we were running and not swimming at that place. The waves were big.
We ran a bit more before we reached a village, Popeye Village build for a film. We had some energy and got some motivation words from Rikard at Mr Green before we should do a short little swim across the bay. It was like 100 meters. The waves were sick and hard currents under the surface. Patrik swam first on this one and when we had around 10 meters left we couldn’t swim to the ladder, we stood still. Fanny came up with the idea to swim to the side and climb the rocks up. A dangerous stunt but we managed it. We came up and we both were really tired. Just some more teams got to do this swim before they closed it and the other teams had to run around instead.
We just had the last run left before we should reach the last swim. They had done the last swim shorter and we thought it should be a short and nice one. We hade it all wrong. When we saw the entry of the last swim we were like, omg are we gonna swim in that?! Yes we are… it was really hard wind and the waves were like 1,5-2m high. A man stood there and screaming. “You have to swim out first then to the beach or else you’re going to hit the cliffs. Omg?! Ok let’s go!
We started to swim out and the waves were big and when we started to change direction to the beach big wave started to hit us hard. We went down under the water and Patrik loosed his googles. Fanny got some panic and just wanted to be still and wait for the waves to leave. It didn’t go fast but we made it to the beach and to the finish line.
This race was and adventure of its own. We have never experienced anything like this before. Thank you MrGreen, Visit Malta and ÖtillÖ for an amazing race.
Can we realax or is it just training all the time? Of course we can relax. We have just spent a day at Hooks Herrgård which you can find around 20 minutes from Jönköping.
Hook Herrgård is located near lake Hokasjön. You can come here for a conference, golf, visit the spa or just to spend a relaxing weekend.
After we’d checked in we went down to the spa that have a fantastic location. The spa is 1300 kvm and you find hot and cold springs, a 20 meters swimming pool, different saunas. You can also add extra beauty treatments and you have free access to the gym.
After a few hours in the spa, it was time for dinner.
We ate a super good three course dinner.
We had a great sleep and woke up and had a fantastic breakfast.