Yesterday I had the pleasure of participating in one of Portugal’s Sky Races; Hard Trail Monte Da Padela!! This Mountain Race was a bit shorter in distance than what I am used to, it was a 25K, but fortunately for me, it still had a good bit of uphill and downhill on clear cut mountain terrain with technical footing and some sweet high points.
The area where the race was held, was where I found myself wandering and training during the time I was working as a Workaway client at a Naturalist Campground, NauturViana. Kimberly and I chose to do a workaway to save money and to be involved more in the culture here in Portugal. But little did we know, we actually agreed to work a a nudist campground
in the mountains outside of Viana Do Castello. hahaha it was not a big deal but we were closed off from society for the majority of our stay in Portugal but still had a fun and unique experience to say the least.
Fortunately for me during my training runs in the Padela Mountains, I turned some heads on Strava. Taking down some course records and segments. I had some of the locals asking the question, “who is this guy taking down my times, and where and what is he doing here”.