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Transalpine Run 2013 – 8 days – 260 km – 15,500 vertical metres  – Oberstdorf to Latsch – 360 teams at the starting line!

 

We proudly present Constantin Pade and Philipp Schädler!

 

Team DYNAFIT consists of Constantin Pade, sales representative for DYNAFIT, and Philipp Schädler, DYNAFIT athlete in the German team. Constantin and Philipp don't only make a great team together but have been close friends outside of the competition and get along very well.

 

Constantin and Philipp:  

"This year 2013 we attempted the Transalpine Run for the first time. Our main goal was to arrive in Latsch safe and sound and have a fantastic week's holiday. Yes, this is what we call a holiday. Of course we knew that we wouldn't be total slow coaches, but racing 8 days in a row was something new for us.

We worked brilliantly together as a team and had great fun. Sure, there were lots of times on the stages where we had to grit our teeth, but that's part of the reason for doing these competitions. Since we're friends in private life and not just thrown together in a pro team, the time between races was very relaxed and we had lots of fun. Anyway, each day we reached the finish line by noon, and mostly spent the rest of the day in the hotel. Laptop on the lap, muscle balm on the legs, and a recovery shake in the drink bottle.


This is what the Transalpine Run was like in brief:

The first stage started in Oberstdorf in Allgäu, which is our home territory. The first few kilometres out of Oberstdorf were on the flat on a tarmac road. We said to ourselves at least 30 times that we would take it easy at the beginning and conserve our energy.  Well, when the start number is pinned to you and the starting pistol is fired, you quickly forget all these great tactics. So the race was on right from the first metre, as tough it was a 10 km race ... but despite that we got through it well  and fairly quickly settled into 5th place.

We were familiar with the routes of the first two stages. Mostly from the winter time, and with two ski blades under our feet, but still, we knew what was coming up.

Even by the 3rd and 4th days we were still in lively form  and always finished 4th or 5th. The podium places were always taken by the same three teams, and so we never had to stay around for the award ceremony, but could go straight to bed after dinner.

The 5th day was a mountain sprint in Scoul (Switzerland). Many of the teams regarded this as a rest day, because they 'only' had to run through 950 vertical metres and could take the ski lift back down again. But is ‘rest day’ the way to describe 45 minutes of running at full speed, with your eyes focussed upwards on the finish line???

By day 6 we could see what was ahead of us: 3 marathons. "We'll get through it somehow" was our motivation. But to be honest we were still in relatively good form. At least when we looked at other teams. And so onwards we went in the direction of Reschensee and on to Sulden on day 7. We were familiar with this area too. Only from the winter season, but it was still a great feeling to know approximately where we were.

At last it was the last day. Just 40km more, but involving 3000 metres of descent. This was our greatest worry. We could run forever uphill, but the downhill sections slowly broke us down. Lissi's magnificent massages (merci!), muscle balm, and salt tablets helped put proper power in our legs for the last day and we raced a strong 8th stage. We improved to 4th place overall, and the finishing line was celebrated with the patented Dynafit somersault.

There followed a few beers on sober stomachs, a Kneipp cure using the village well, food, award ceremony, party to the early hours, and the calm feeling that you don't have to get up at 7am and run like hell.

Thanks to everybody who supported us, who crossed their fingers for us, and who cheered us on and celebrated with us.

Now the winter is approaching, and we'll put on our skis again.

Consti & Phips“