La Transtica – Costa Rica Trail – Extereme, starts tomorrow!
Last 3 days of acclimatization in Jaco are reaching their end today.
After some initial walk around the city, a couple of frozen Daiquiris at the “Surfdogs” accompanies by some Reggae, Assaf joined me here the following day. It’s a rare thing to be in such a boutique international event, and yet meet here another Israeli.
Since I wanted to rest my running legs, I went for a short swim while waiting for Assaf to arrive in Jaco.
It’s been quite a while since I last had a swim (I guess at minimum 4-5 years), so I was a bit anxious, but it felt really great – this is definitely going into my routine moving forward.
With my shin-splints giving me some hints of a comeback, swimming seemed like the right way to go for some core body-moving, leaving any further running to the race.
Or so I thought. As Assaf arrived in Jaco, he had his own agenda for pre-race acclimatization, and before long we were taking a jog up a nearby hill, to get some nice views of Jaco.
That wasn’t enough for Assaf, so I was getting some messages at 6 AM this morning to drag myself out of bed, and come out for a morning run before breakfast.
We ran across town this time, until the road ended, and not long after the little dirt-road ended ass well, at a dog that gave my (other) shin a good bite that should last me as a reminder of Jaco for the rest of my stay in Costa Rica and then some (it’s a nasty one).
We went on to run back, this time through the beach, and back just in time for some breakfast.
Tomorrow is “day 0” of the event, which is really an arrival day, so I will probably hang around the hotel and pool until midday before heading back towards San Jose.
4 days to Stage 1.