Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Blog: Even if you fall flat down on your face... least you are moving forward. That's a good motto. It's hard to pick up things, where I've left of. One of my biggest regrets this year is for not writing more, but on the other hand, there are so many other things going on, that I don't mind it that much. So the dust seeps through, like the sand in a sand clock.

When I look back on the things that happened this year it seems like a long time ago, yet the weeks go by like somebody is just snapping with his fingers. Now that makes me sound old. But does the time go faster as you get older??

Let's start with travelling... In May we went on a short road trip Austria - Italy and back to Slovenia. First we visited Lago di Fusine in Italy, then we visited Pfarre Thorl Maglern on the way to Arnoldstein Abbey. The next stop on the way was Wissensee and a long walk. On the way we saw an interesting little village of Lass and took another walk, it was calm and beautiful (they have a marked themed path with different local features, like petrified trees). We stayed in pension Lesachtalerhof in Liesing, which has an amazing view, kind owners and a very comfortable bath and shower. 

The next day we hiked around Liesing and local forests and hills. We also took a drive to Lienz to see the castle and to the Tristacher See. We only drove through the Obertilliach, but the scenery was amazing. On the third day we went through Maria Luggau to Innichen abbey and we were back to Italy. We stopped at Lago di Dobbiaco (lovely scenery), Lago di Landro and finally we reached Lago di Misurina at alt. of 1754 meters.

At Lake Misurina
Then we were of discovering different mountain passes, like Passo Tre Croci at 1809 m, and we arrived at Cortina d'Ampezzo. We found another lake - Lago di Valle di Cadore, and we were off discovering even more passes, like Sella Ciampigotto at 1790m, Sella di Razzo at 1760 m, Sella di Rioda at 1800 m, that's where the snow started to fall. 

And we made 80 km more than we planned, since the road was closed like 5 km before we would reach the village we were supposed to spent the night. On the way we saw yet another lake - Lago di Sauris. Finally we reached a small little village of Pesariis and we spent the night in Casa Pesarina - a really lovely studio apartment and since it was May, we were the only visitors there. Through the village you can see all sorts of different clocks and how they developed. The local economy is centered on watch production; despite its small size, it is one of the most important Italian centers for watch production, and hosts an important Museum of Clocks. 

We hiked through the village and the local hills and then we where on the way back to home land. On the way we stopped at some interesting sceneries like Torrente Raccolana, and found a fountain - Fontanone di Goriuda. There were more mountain passes on the way, like Sella Nevea at 1190 m and Predil Pass at 1156 m. We also stopped at Lago di Predil, Koritnica and the final stop was Bovec.

In summer we went for a week to the sea, we stayed in Starigrad, Croatia in Pension Kiko. It's really close to national park Paklenica as well, so we had a lot of opportunity to hike and then take a swim, which is a perfect combination! Paklenica is where they also shoot Winnetou.

In August we visited Minimundus:

And Vrbsko jezero or Klagenfurt See and went onto Pyramidenkogel.

As for sports, for now I've run 865 km and hiked abour 230 km this year. I've participated in three organized runs: Nočna 10ka in July (I think it was my third time), Milanja trail with 17 km in June and Bovec marathon with 22 km in September.

We had good weather at Milanja Trail, despite being a bit windy on top. The feeling was great, the people around where kind and encouraging. I was diagnosed with patellar tendonitis last year and it took awhile to solve it. But by June the knee was working perfectly.

Bovec marathon was ... wet. Very much so. But luckily in the beginning it only showered a bit, the storm came when I was half done. Still the lightning and thunder were a bit scary. It was also the first time I ran in rain, so in the end I was really satisfied I was blister-free and that my choice of clothing was correct so I didn't get a cold. 

But I guess it wouldn't be me if I didn't get at least one injury per year. In July I fell again and one small rock really liked me and it bit me on the palm. On the picture above you can see the things I've used and am still using for the scar to get even better. The picture shows the progress of three months. It's really amazing our bodies can heal so.. it comes in handy.

At Ratitovec
In previous blogs I've also talked about IBS and the food sensitivities... and this year I've read a lot about LCHF diets and ketonic diets.. and surprisingly, my body strives on such a diet, IBS symptoms disappear. But maybe more about this later when I have it all figured out ;)