11 training sessions in 2+1/2 days

Last weekend it was the National Team weekend's training camp Alter-do-Chão, lead by Bruno Nazario.

The routine was to run 30min at 7h30, map training at 10h30, map training at 15h, and map training at maximum speed in the night training sessions.

I'm not happy with my navigation right now. I keep doing some recurrent mistakes in the trains but I'm sure that with time they I'll be able to avoid them. (I'll post the great corridor train as soon as I get the trak)
Direction - Mistake at the beginning, as usual.

Night One man relay with mass start

Night one man relay with mass start nº2 (2 controls out of place and 1 huge mistake)

Double relay

Simplification - Mistakes at the beginning. Accidentaly turned off the GPS while jumping a fence.

A short sprint.

Hope that I'll be able to improve my technique in the next week at Clermont Ferrand.

Weekend's training camp

This time the weekend's club training camp was organized by COC in the POM 2010 area.
1 Multitechnique
A relay (forgot to turn the GPS on). It found difficult to distinguish the ups and downs in the area before the 2nd control.
A middle distance where I took, by mistake, the short course map (the course is different with some more controls). Anyway, huge mistake to 1st, and many hesitations.
A 2-man relay in Leiria city center.
I felt a bit tired after the Friday's long intervals but it ended being a productive weekend. My priority now should be to focus in my O'technique. I just keep doing too many (big) mistakes, too many hesitations and I feel that my navigation is not as secure as it should be.

15'28 at 5k national team trials

After not doing the trials due to sickness a few weeks ago, today I was given another chance. The National team leader and Norman came to the Lisbon's Universitary Stadium to give me a chance.

I ran the first 3k to the required time (15'45) and just gave it all in the last 2k, ending with 15'28. Felt well and didn't suffer what I was expecting.

After it I returned the favor to Jorge doing 40' fast minutes. Now I just want to ruun...

Thanks a lot to all these guys, REAL FRIENDS, that came to help me doing the time and to Rafaela who kindly took the camera with her. Without them I wouldn't have done it.

The guy in yellow cycled 90km in the morning, did all the 5k with me and ran 1h at a fast pace after... And that's why he's now one of the best portuguese athletes... A role model for me that I try to follow.

Turma 11

Educação Infantil - Tarde

Educação Infantil - Manhã

Turma 31

Turma 23

Turma 22

Turma 21

Turma 12

Turma 41

Turma 42

Turma 33

Turma 32

Turma 55

Turma 54

Turma 53

Turma 52

Turma 51

Turma 56

Turma 62

Turma 61

Turma 82

Turma 81

Turma 72

Turma 71

Assembléia ACPM da Escola

No dia 06 de março, foi realizada a Assembléia da ACMP da Escola, onde foi feito a prestação de contas do ano de 2009 e a eleição da nova diretoria, que ficou assim contituida:

- Presidente: Clori Strücker de Bairros
- Vice-Presidente: Sandra Corazza Gonçalves

- 1ª Tesoureira: Maria Salete dos Santos Martins
- 2ª Tesoureiro: Andre Eduardo Ventorini

- 1ª Secretária: Maria Rosania dos Santos de Oliveira
- 2ª Secretária: Elisângela Dille de Lima Guillardi

Conselho Fiscal:
- Onice Soares de Oliveira
- Cenira Odete Ramos Droppa
- Itamar de Paula Santos
- Jardelino de Souza
- Eliane Batista da Mota


I was sent this by a friend via email. As a keen student of the arts and sciences of  building balance & wholesomeness in life, and the way we live, I thought it was worth sharing. Source unknown, but a worthy read. It makes sense and practice will make perfect! Life is meant to be lived! and lived to the fullest.

 Birth is our Opening Balance! 
 Our Death is our Closing Balance!
 Our Prejudiced Views are our Liabilities
 Our Creative Ideas are our Assets 

Heart is our Current Asset 
 Soul is our Fixed Asset 
 Brain is our Fixed Deposit 
 Thinking is our Current Account 

Achievements are our Capital 
 Character & Morals, our Stock-in-Trade 
 Friends are our General Reserves 
 Values & Behavior are our Goodwill

 Patience is our Interest Earned 
 Love is our Dividend
 Children are our Bonus Issues

Education is Brands / Patents
 Knowledge is our Investment
 Experience is our Premium Account
 The Aim is to Tally the Balance Sheet Accurately.
 The Goal is to get the Best Presented Accounts Award. 

Some very Good and Very bad things ...
 The most destructive habit....... ........ .....Worry
 The greatest Joy......... ......... ............ ...Giving
 The greatest loss........ Loss of self-respect

The most satisfying work ........Helping others
The ugliest personality trait....... ... .....Selfishness
 The most endangered species..... ....Dedicated leaders
 Our greatest natural resource.... .......... ...Our youth

The greatest 'shot in the arm'........ ..Encouragement
 The greatest problem to overcome.... ........ ...Fear
 The most effective sleeping pill....... Peace of mind
 The most crippling failure disease..... ... .......Excuses

The most powerful force in life........ ............ . Love
 The most dangerous act...... ..A gossip
 The world's most incredible computer.... . ....The brain
 The worst thing to be without..... ............ ..... Hope

The deadliest weapon...... ........ ..........The tongue
 The two most power-filled words....... ........ 'I Can'
 The greatest asset....... .......... ........ ....Faith
 The most worthless emotion.... ......... ....Self- pity

The most beautiful attire...... ......... ........SMILE!
 The most prized possession.. ........ .....Integrity
 The most powerful channel of communication. ......Prayer
 The most contagious spirit...... .......... ......Enthusiasm

Life ends; when you stop Dreaming, Hope ends; when you stop Believing, Love ends; when you stop Caring, 

Ups and Downs...

There are times when you feel unbeatable. There are others when everything seems to go wrong (like now). After almost 2 months of half training I got sick for 2 weeks with some kind of virus.

I've missed the last weekend's 5k trials to national team due to sickness. Even if I passed at a flat 5k with 15'34 in a 10k race last December, I have many doubts that I'll be able to do the required 5k - 15'45 next Wednesday. (In the photos cutting the wind for the guys in the first 2000m).
Yesterday I've participated in the National Short Cross-Country Championships. Rui Silva (European 1500m champion) won the race with 12'37. I was 73rd in a disappointing race (2 years ago I was 10 places before). I did 14'19 in the 4500m race. But my University male team won the National University Championships! Full results here.(In the photo, Rui Silva leading the race)
Now it's time to work hard and try to compensate the lost time. And the next months I'll invest in more map training than ever... We'll see... (below is the map from the 1st part of the race of the 1st day of this weekend's great race organized near Lisbon by my club, CPOC)

Last news...

So, exams are over (only a small oral next Wednesday). I may safely say that in 5 years, this was the toughest exam season ever! I was studying hard for almost 2 months and keeping a basal training load, maintaining the main sessions of the week. It appears that it was too much and in the last days I had fever, sore throat and chills at night. Since yesterday I've been sleeping 12 hours a night plus a 3h30 (!) "siesta" yesterday. My throat still aches a lot and I hope it won't get my lungs. Next Saturday's National Team 5k trial (to a 15'45 limit) will be a total surprise for me.
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