running | bieganie, sport & fitness

Speed Trigger

In my previous update about my races you could read about my winter races.

In this post I am gonna tell you a bit the following ones.

United Airlines NYC Half 2018, New York, March 18, 2018

This was very unexpected race for me a I was not able to sign for this race prior it and couple days before it when I arrived to NYC there were no more spots I was very regretting that I had not signed up for it as it is one of the most popular Half Marathons in NYC!

Few days before the race my last hope was destroyed since special invitation from one of the NYRR coaches was not valid impossible to transfer on me name.
I put this race aside wishing I could do it next year…

But then miracle happened, on Friday evening, at 7 pm (12 hours before the start!) my coach Roberto called me saying that there is one free spot and asked whether I wanted to jump into the race. My answer was ‘YES!’

Straight after phone call I needed to prepare all my racing clothes, breakfast for next day and… go to sleep :D.

The next day I woke up before 5 am, as at 6 am the latest we needed to leave our things in deposit and we were supposed to meet altogether with NYRR crew, apart from me I was racing with Barbara, Jessica, Ali, Roberto, Ann and other runners.
Intentionally I did not want to race this race for real as I still had my PB race from 2 weeks earlier in my legs and my mind did not want to switch on #speedmode this time :D.

My aim was to enjoy this race and have fun among other 22k runners! :O
Especially it was very first time of this half marathon with completely new route that in past years.

Start line was at Brooklyn (Prospect Park) – Manhattan Bridge (they closed one side of the road FOR US! CRAZY RUNNERS! :D) – Chinatown – FDR DRIVE up to 42 street – Times Square – 7 Avenue – Central Park (Finish line)

I took this race quite easy till we got to FDR x 42 street then my mind switched and wanted to cruise this race! The feeling of running through Times Square lighted with countless billboards and neons was incredible. From there I was heading up to Central Park where just before ‘famous’ Cat Hill our amazing NYRR Group Training team was cheering us up. From there there was only 3 miles to go and finish this race.

In total I finished this race in 1h30m36s – improving my last year’s half marathon time from Shape Women’s Half Marathon 2017.

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My goal for 2018 "Gotta collect them all" 😃😂 Another medal to my collection 😎 So lucky to have jumped into and run #UnitedNYCHalf today ! 1h30m36s 🏃💪🏆 little slower than 2 weeks ago in Paris but still better than last year during 13.1miler.💪🔫👊 it is ok! You do not need to race every race, that was my kinda 'long weekend run'. But most important ⚠⚠⚠ enjoy the journey and have fun! Thank you @nyrr for your support and cheerleading! Congratulations to everybody and especially to my folks @mann.barbara @jessnachman @annaerobicann @robertomandje @moazzambrohi #zoomzoom #nyrr #runforlife #runforrestrun #motivation #inspiration #weekend #halfmarathon #training #goal #endorphin #spring #newyork #sunday #friends #biegamzRW @runnersworldpolska

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DOZ 5km, Łódź, April 14, 2018

In the beginning of April I came back to Poland for Easter break and my final exams at school.
Checking local newspaper I have encountered the advert about upcoming 5km race within Marathon that would take place on the second weekend of April in my hometown.
I was in! Not in the Marathon 😉 but in the 5km !
I have never raced any short distance and I wanted to check myself if I am able to break 20 minutes… that was my goal!

I picked up my BIP the day before and on Saturday morning I was ready to go.

The race was supposed to start at midday so I had plenty of time to arrive earlier, leave my bag and warm-up.
Luckily my brother came to support me (and what was the most fun was the fact that he even manage to follow me during over 80% of the race along me cycling while I was racing!)

Focused and a bit nervous I started the race in first row of corral. All I knew was only that I should keep my legs on hold and do not let myself fly too early with others… What a surprise I had when I saw on my watch after 1st km pace 3:50.
I did not expect that my 1st km would go that fast already… but I felt good and wanted to keep this pace as long as possible to not get crazy.

After passing 3km in less than 12 minutes I had only 2 km to go, deep in my head I knew that the final result below 20 minutes is possible now everything was only in my legs and mind to keep it strong to the finish line.

After 4km my brother shouted to me ‘Go Ola, Go! No pain! No tireness! Go Go!’ what was actually kinda funny as deep in my head I wanted to kill him at the same time 😀 But I really appreciated my brother’s support ;).

Last 800m after right turn I run to area of Atlas Arena, after 300m SHARP turn-around was awaiting on me and then all the way down to the end, running to Atlas Arena Stadium inside.

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The feeling when I saw 19 minutes on watch was awesome. Now everything depended on me how quick would I cross the finish line.
Eventually I accomplished this race with result 19m30s ! YES YES YES! 5 km and sub 20 minutes felt greatttttt 😎

#POLIMIRUN 10km, Milan, May 20, 2018

This is the most random history in racing ever.
I am in Milano now, since the begining of May. When I got my flight ticket to Milano in April, I started to look for by curiosity, any races in Milano.
When I found #POLIMIRUN I was positively oriented as it was supposed to 10km race and I wanted to check myself on this distance because I have not done any of them since May 2016 – my very first 10 km race in London!

I tried to reach the organizer through email and facebook to get BIP for the race but it was fully booked since last month and 2 weeks before the event seemed to be too late :(.
I really regretted as I wanted to make it not only for training purposes but also to get another city to my list of cities I have raced in ;).
But I had nothing to do and needed to accept that, shortly after I forgot about this.

Then, believe me or not, on Saturday evening 9.30 pm when my and my roommates were so lazy to do anything and we decided to spend the evening on sofa and ice-creams, I checked my inbox on facebook and I saw the message from some man texting me that he can give me his BIP as he would not be able to race it.

It was so, so random! I had only 12 hours to go for the race and I was not prepared for this at all :O
I as not sure whether to do it or not, as that day I did some interval training and I did not know if I would be sharp on Sunday morning to race, but I decided to go for if as nothing ventured, nothing gained 😉

I was also lucky as the start of the race was not far from the place there I stay now in Milano, on top of that its course was passing by my place.

The start was planned at 9.30 AM, I met before that with friend of my facebook’s runner friend (:D) to get my number. I got some advise and tips about the course as I completely did not know what to expect and its profile, hills etc.

Before 9.30 I went to corral to get into my position as there were over 12 000 runners that day! :O
I managed to jump to the 3rd wave as the 1st was reserved for who had signed as competitive runners, 2nd wave for only for #addidasrunners and then finally I could line up myself in the 3rd wave that was the 1st corral of non-competitive runners at the same time.

We needed to wait for the first two waves to start running before as so eventually around 9.40 AM I have started to run! It started to get very hot on top of this, it was high time to crush these 10 kms.
It was very crowded and tight in the beginning of course, needed to jump through many people. My watch showed me pace around 4:10 at 1st kilometer, I thought it would not be able to make 10kms under 40 minutes as I wanted to make that day. But I decided to not be focused on my watch especially it was not working properly for last couple of days.

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Following only my feelings and strength of my legs on that day I wanted to make the best out of it.
Suddenly after 2-3 kilometers my watch showed me pace below 4:00 km/min… I was curious ‘what the hell is going on’.. ‘maybe my pace is actually below 4:00’…

I really felt that the watch must be wrong and its records cannot be taken seriously so I just kept my pace, trying to keep it strong and slowly passing by other runners (who made it too quickly at the beginning of race). * This is actually one of the best feeling during races, when you are chasing all other people who fired up too much*

At point of 8th kilometer I was thinking deep in my head ‘what am I doing here? It is not easy… Damn.. still 2 more kilometers’.
Luckily, at this moment some very fast guy passed me and I started to chase him “If he is still going, I can do it too!” so I kept my pace in hope of gradual acceleration.

After 9km I really wanted to have this finish line but I did not know when and where is gonna happen, I was running just as fast as possible to get it finally.
Turn after turn, we run into Campus of Polytechnic University of Leonardo da Vinci the finish line was still not seen…!
I was so surprised when after my 3rd right turn the finish line was in less then 100meters away from me.
‘Here you are! I am coming.!!’ That was my thought.

I passed the finish line, looked at my watch and it showed me time below 39m:30s ! :O
I was amazed, wow! Still did not trust it especially my watch worked funky recently. However deep in my head I got a feeling that could be possible.

Shortly after I saw the official time 39m26s I was astonished and proud as never before :D!

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Yesterday night at 9.30. PM I got message on FB that I can jump into @polimisport #polimirun10k Exactly 12 hours before the start 😄 My decision was fast – YES But still not sure how would I perform today… And now after racing through not known course, with 22°C and sun, I have made it… New Personal Best – 10km 39m:26s 💪🏃 That means sub 40 that I wanted to break since last year!! I am sooo happy… ✌ It was my first 10km race since May 2016 in London where I started racing for real… MILANO got to my list of cities I have raced in 😎 So happy and satissfied… Walking /crawling/cycling home now to get well deserved rest, strech, foam roll and… more foccacia & paninis I have been eating since Friday 😂 #run #milano #race #personalbest #personalrecord #10km #motivation #inspiration #fun #race #speed #fast #sub40

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All I can say that bananas I ate after my race tasted like never before 😀

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Overall I am so, so happy about my recent races and results.
I hope that my fitness level will stay on that level for long time.

I think during summer time I would not be participating in any races as hot temperatures are not not my favorite and I am keep on learning to not struggle with them. But… who knows… never say never… Maybe I will get a chance for some crazy race last minute and then I will jump into it ;D

For sure, I will do my best to keep on working on my technique of running and enjoying it and being grateful for every kilometer that I run <3 just to keep it simple and happy as long as possible.

Happy weekend! <3

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Polish summer | Polskie lato

This is the end. The holidays are over. Children go back to school tomorrow, and we adults, go back to work and office.

I spent whole August at home in Poland. It was really good time for me. I recharged my batteries, spent time with my family and friends, experienced great adventures and moments. Summer time in Poland is great and I want to recommend everyone having holidays here. I am proud of my beautiful country.

Here is the list of the places I have been to during this month so hopefully you will find them interesting as well.

Warsaw

The capital of Poland. Every single time I am here I notice something new and I am shocked how many things change. Great city for meeting your friends. You can have fun exploring Old Town and local restaurants. There are many places to visit and choose from! I really like to eat at Hala Koszyki, Słodki&Słony by Magda Gessler, Znajomi Znajomych, Król Zieminiak.

The capital of Poland. Every single time I am here I notice something new and I am shocked how many things change. Great city for meeting your friends. You can have fun exploring Old Town and local restaurants. There are many places to visit and choose from! I really like to eat at Hala Koszyki, Słodki&Słony by Magda Gessler, Znajomi Znajomych, Król Zieminiak.

Runners won’t be disappointed also, as you can see on my running logs the area is perfect for it! 😉

Wrocław

Located in Dolny Slask. I have not discovered it as much as I wished due to my work duties. Renovated main Train Station is truly welcoming. I remember this city from my trip down there last year. Old Town, numerous bridges and hidden dwarfs are fun!

Szczawnica (Pieniny)

Resort town in Southern Poland, located in Pieniny (mountains range). It is a great place to come with friends or family and spend holidays in an active way.
Lots of mountains trails, including these to the highest summits: Three Crowns, Palenica. Less demanding but still very beautiful are surrounding valleys and gorges. For bike enthusiasts there are many picturesque bike paths (the nicest one is along Dunajec River to Red Monastery – located in Slovakia). It is possible also to spend all day on the water and organize rafting tours on Dunajec River.

Discovering the beauty and staying close to the nature is possible also from the chairlift perspective or sitting on the bench of the mountain stream and drink refreshing drinks ;).

Tatry

The highest Polish mountains! There are numerous trails for people with different level of fitness. From beginner to advanced. One of the most challenging and beautiful one is the trail to Rysy Summit through Morskie Oko. You won’t be bored with the beauty of Tatras. Beautiful landscapes are guaranteed ;).

Baltic Sea and Hel Peninsula

Hel is the thinnest Polish Bay and exceptional in Europe! I have never been to Hel (Peninsula) before. I can’t believe it was my first time there! Maybe Polish Summer it is not the hottest but spending time at the seaside is definitely a great idea!

I am amazed by the beauty of Hel and its sandy bay. Lots of my friends recommended this area for kitesurfing and windsurfing before. Now I understand why! The location, sun, good wind make perfect conditions for water sports! What is more all surrounding little towns are connected with railway trail and cycle path. (You can get there by bus and car as well but in high season it can be very crowded!).

For example, in Chałupy you can meet lots of young, lively people. In Władysławowo is more family atmosphere.  You can stroll along its promenade, port, buy and eat very good fresh and/or smoked fish. Another little villages like Rozewie, Jastrzębie offer great accommodation, quiet beaches and little shops, bars, and restaurants.

Lighthouses are located in Hel, Jastrzębia Góra and Jastarnia. But there are 15 of them in total in Poland. Each of them is different and you can collect stickers from them J.

Gdynia

People who like bigger cities should visit Gdynia. Gdynia is a part of Tricity (Gdańsk, Gdynia, Sopot). It is popular due to its beautiful port, where you can see and also buy a ticket for a cruise with some of the ships and sailing ships. Additionally, in Gdynia, there is very interesting oceanarium and Marine Museum.

Polish summer (but not only!) is beautiful and offers amazing, fresh food, beautiful landscapes around the country. It is perfect for cycling, running, hiking, swimming, sunbathing. We have it all ;)! I want to recommend visiting it to everybody (not only during the summer months 🙂 ).

Polskie lato

To już pewne. Wakacje się skończyły. Od jutra wszystkie dzieci wracają do szkoły, a my, dorośli wracamy do pracy.

Sierpień spędziłam w Polsce. To był naprawdę dobry czas w otoczeniu rodziny i najbliższych przyjaciół. W pełni zregenerowałam się i naładowałam baterie. Lato to naprawdę świetny czas w Polsce i chciałabym polecić urlop w naszym kraju każdemu!

Poniżej znajdziecie listę miejsc, które udało mi się zwiedzić podczas moich wakacji. Mam nadzieję, że uda mi się Was nimi zainteresować.

Warszawa

Stolica Polski. Za każdym razem kiedy tu jestem, doznaję szoku jak dużo się tu zmienia! Super miasto do spotkań z przyjaciółmi i ze znajomymi.

Można spędzić fajnie czas na Starówce, nad Wisłą, w okolicach Pałacu Kultury i Nauki oraz odkrywać liczne restuaracje porozsiewane dookoła miasta. Na mojej liście ulubionych knajpek znajdują się: Hala Koszyki, Znajomi Znajomych, Król Ziemniak oraz Słodki…Słony.

Biegacze odnajdą się tutaj jak ryba w wodzie. Stolica ma naprawdę fajne trasy, które potrafią wciągać 🙂

Wrocław

Stolica Dolnego Śląska. Tym razem nie miałam niestety wystarczająco dużo czasu by móc go zwiedzić, ze względu na pracę, jednak Główny Dworzec wywarł na mnie zdecydowanie pozytywne wrażenie :).

W ubiegłym roku byłam pierwszy raz we Wrocławiu i na pewno to miasto potrafi zachwycić! Mosty, Starówka, Krasnale porozsiewane w całym mieście zachęcają do odkrywania miasta.

Szczawnica (Pieniny)

Turystyczne miasteczko na południu Polski, w Pieninach. Świetne miejsce do spędzenia wakacji i urlopu z rodziną i ze znajomymi w otoczeniu natury. Okolica oferuje wiele możliwości do aktywnego spędzania czasu. Możliwe są wspinaczki górskie po trasach prowadzących zarówno na szczyty (Trzy Korony, Palenica) jak i w niższe partie, do dolin i wąwozów.
Entuzjaści kolarstwa znajdą tutaj mnóstwo świetnych tras rowerowych. Jedną z fajniejszych jest z pewnością ta prowadząca wzdłuż Dunajca do Czerwonego Klasztoru (położonego na Słowacji).
Możliwe jest również spędzenie całego dnia na wodzie na spływie malowniczym przełomem Dunajca.
Lub bieganie wzdłuż niego o poranku 😉

Dodatkowo można podziwiać okolicę z perspektywy czynnego wyciągu kolei linowej, jak i znad brzegu górskiego potoku sącząc napoje chłodzące :).

Tatry

Najwyższe polskie góry. Znajduje się tam mnóstwo ścieżek górskich o różnym poziomie trudności. Zarówno początkujący, jak i zaawansowani wspinacze znajdą coś dla siebie. Jednym z najbardziej malowniczym i najtrudniejszym szlakiem jest trasa prowadząca na Rysy z Morskiego Oka. Piękno Tatr nigdy się nie znudzi. Cudowne widoki i krajobrazy gwarantowane :).

Wybrzeże bałtyckie i półwysep helski

Aż wstyd się przyznać, ale to był mój dopiero pierwszy wypad na Hel. Półwysep helski, jest wyjątkowyi jedyny w swoim rodzaju w całej Europie. Wielu moich znajomych polecało mi te okolice. Teraz rozumiem w zupełności dlaczego. Piękna plaża, przy dobrej pogodzie i odpowiednim wietrze tworzą jedne z lepszych warunków do uprawiania sporów wodnych, takich jak kitesurfing. W tym roku nie miałąm okazji tego spróbwać, ale już sobie obiecałam, że specjalnie po to tam wrócę!
Na Helu jest wiele miasteczek, które są położone blisko siebie i jest bardzo wygodnie przemieszczać się między nimi pociągiem, bądź rowerem, dzięki świetnej trasie rowerowej.

Znajdziecie tu dużo miasteczek na urlop – Chałupy, Jastarnia, Jurata, Hel…

Na zachód od półwyspu helskiego znajduje się większe miasto – Władysławowo. Z portem oraz promenadą. To tu również znajduje się Ośrodek Przygotowań Olimpijskich – Cetniewo.
Nieco dalej położone jest Rozewie, Jastrzębia Góra. Turystyczne miasteczka z super plażą oraz deptakiem, gdzie można zasmakować w naprawdę dobrej świeżej i/lub wędzonej rybie.

Dodatową atrakcją w tej okolicy są latarnie morskie (Rozewie, Hel, Jastarnia). Nad Bałtykiem jest 15 czynnych latarni. Można je zwiedzać i zbierać naklejki do kolekcji.

Gdynia

Ci, którzy lubią zwiedzać miasto powinni udać się do Gdyni. Jest to jedno z miast wchodzących w skład Trójmiasta. Popularne ze zwględu na swój port, w którym znajduje się wiele statków oraz okrętów marynarki wojennej, w tym ORP Błyskawica oraz trzyasztowy żaglowiec Dar Pomorza. Możliwe są także wycieczki mniejszymi statkami po Bałtyku. Tuż niedaleko portu znajduje się również duże oceanarium oraz Muzeum Marynarki Wojnnej.

W Polsce nie sposób się nudzić (nie tylko latem)! Mamy naprawdę dużo miejsc wartych odwiedzenia. Piękne krajobrazy nad morzem, w górach, nad jeziorami. Super miasta oraz wspaniali ludzie. Warto polecać wszystkim Polskę by się przekonali, jak piękny jest nasz kraj ;).

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RYSY – On top of POLAND! | Rysy – Na szczycie POLSKI!

Friday, August 11th, alarm clock at 3 a.m. and departure at 3.30 a.m. from Szczawnica towards Polish Tatras. This is how the adventure of climbing the Rysy – the highest Polish mountain in the crest of the High Tatras.

Altogether, me, my brother and cousin, we started our trip at 4.40 a.m., in complete darkness, from Lysa Polana. The first phase of the tour is 9-kilometres long uphill asphaltic road to Morskie Oko. In the very beginning it was lightened up only by the moonlight. After 5 a.m. it was already light outdoor after sunrise.

We have walked through the shortcuts so we gained about 1 kilometers in total. Exactly at 6 a.m., we were already at Morskie Oko (the largest and fourth deepest lake in the Tarta Mountains. It is located deep within The Tatra National Park). Just before the shelter, we have met a herd of 6 roes! The driver of passing by truck was amazed the same as us, so he also stopped to record the video.

I have been in Tatry many, many times but I have never experienced such a view at Morskie Oko before. Almost no people, calmness, fresh air altogether, made a big impression on me. We had absolutely perfect conditions and surrounding to have breakfast there and enjoy this view. After a little break at 6.30 a.m. we left Morskie Oko to continue our hike. We had almost 55 mins ahead towards Czarny Staw marked on the map, but we walked it in only 30 minutes, so (again exactly) at 7 a.m. we were already there.

The ‘easiest’ part of the trip was done, the hard one was still awaiting for us. We had a real challenge ahead. After passing Czarny Staw, the trail was getting more and steeper. The rocks were much bigger and the area became rougher. Surrounding plants were changing as well, moss, mountain pine, disappeared soon, leaving only rocky area around.

Track to Rysy is one of the most demanding in Polish Tatry. It is not a trip for the beginners. Being in shape and having proper hiking shoes are needed. We have passed by some tourists on the way up, also one girl walking down. We asked her whether had she been already on the summit, she answered “never mind, it is a shame….” (was not the most optimistic thing we could hear that moment).
In the halfway temperature changed. It cooled down and the wind started to blow stronger. Luckily there were almost no cloud on the sky, so the visibility over the mountains was incredible! Climbing higher and higher, the rocky blocks have changed into the rubble, which is very fallacious and may cause deflecting the right track, especially in the fog! Also us, having such a good weather condition, we lost the path 2-3 times. I can’t believe how tricky it must be during the winter or dense fog!

Climbing up, we have met some people on the track. Some of them were already going down from the top. Apart from the views and nature in mountains, I love the fact that everyone is very helpful and polite to each other. Simple ‘Hi’, ‘Hello’ motivates easily. Also, very often people talk and share their experience between each other, with completely new met people. I have the impression that this kind of ‘magic’ happens only up there, in mountains, kindness met on the track sometimes is tricky to find in everyday life.

The last phase of the hike is over 1 hour uphill walk towards the summit over an almost vertical rocky wall. Lots of coordinance and agility abilities are needed. Most of it secured with the iron chains that you should use to help yourself.Seeing our goal we were walking faster and more powerful towards the summit. So finally at 10.00

Seeing our goal we were walking faster and more powerful towards the summit. So finally at 10.00 a.m. we stood up on the top of Rysy! 2499 meters above the sea level! Such a feeling! Such a view. Hard to describe them in one world. I was only upset that this is the end, and it is impossible to go any higher ;).

The panorama view of the mountains was breathtaking. It was possible to see every single mountain, valleys in both sides, Polish and Slovakian, of Tatras. With a beautiful scenery, we were able to have some break and food.

When we were ready to go down we couldn’t believe that at the same time 8-years old boy was about to conquer the summit. He was secured with ropes and attached to his dad, but nevertheless, he commanded respect among all the tourists.

Descending the mountain turned out to be more difficult than expected (at least for me). Anyway, I always thought that going down is much more tricky than going uphill. It is easier to get injured. There were getting more and more tourists on the trail Everyone needed to share the track and chains. (Optimally it is to go down backward, so you keep most of body weight with arms and hands, only supporting with legs).

Having the hardest part of the trip behind us, we were able to enjoy the view this time fully lighted with sun. The beauty and comeliness of Morskie Oko and Czarny Staw were truly amazing.
We stopped over the shore of the lake. The color of crystalic-clear water was tempting us to have a swim… (Obviously, It is prohibited to do so, and we didn’t!). Enjoying the sunrays, fresh air and nature, we needed to go back to Lysa Polana and leave Rysy, Tatry, and more crowded Lakes behind us.

By the time we reached, Morskie Oko, it lost its charm seen that same day earlier in the morning, as there were lots of tours and people, screaming and spoiling the pureness. What is more the asphaltic road was totally crowded with tourists and hard working horses who were carrying [lazy] people (you can get to Morskie Oko with cart pulled by horses, but I would never do this. The effort of the animals is so big and is very drastic. I can’t understand people who decide to go there with them).

Walking very fast (almost running) we reached the end of the trip in Lysa Polana. We finished charged with positive energy, with over 26 kilometers in our legs. Once we sat down in the car to go back to Szczawnica we felt a relief and pride of ourselves.

Everything was perfect that day. There was nothing that we could regret that day, perfect conditions, views, weather.
Ok… The only thing we could have regretted was the sore muscles we felt for the following 4 days, waking up each day with stiffness in the new part of the legs, still reminding us of Polish Tatras and Rysy :).

Piątek 11 sierpnia, pobudka o 3 w nocy i wyjazd o 3.30 ze Szczawnicy w kierunku Tatr. Tak rozpoczęła się przygoda w polskich Tatrach i wyprawa na Rysy – najwyższy szczytu Polski.

Wraz z moim bratem i kumem o 4.40 ruszyliśmy w drogę w całkowitej ciemności z Łysej Polany. Pierwszy etap to 9 kilometrowa asfaltowa trasa pod górę prowadząca na Morskie Oko, z początku oświetlał nam ją jedynie księżyc. Po przejściu pierwszych kilometrów, zaczynało  świtać, a ostatecznie po godzinie 5 rozjaśniło się całkowicie, po wchodzie słońca.

Idąc nieco na skróty i przecinając drogę szlakiem przez las (zyskując około kilometr drogi), udało nam się być równo o 6:00 na Morskim Oku.  Tuż przed schroniskiem, dostrzegliśmy stado (6-ciu !) saren. Wzbudziły one także sensację u przejeżdżającego pracownika Tatrzańskiego Parku Narodowego, który zatrzymał samochód by nagrać wideo.

Byłam w Tatrach wiele razy, ale nigdy nie miałam takiego widoku na Morskie Oko jak tym razem. Brak ludzi, spokój oraz świeże powietrze zrobiło na mnie wrażenie. Mieliśmy idealne warunki, aby zjeść śniadanie napawając się widokiem Tatr. Po przerwie, równo o 6.30 zaczęliśmy iść na Czarny Staw pod Rysami, położony wg mapy o 55 minut drogi od Morskiego Oka. Nam udało się jednak przejść trasę w pół godziny i tak, (znów o pełnej godzinie) o 7.00 byliśmy już przy Stawie.

Najłatwiejszy, etap drogi mieliśmy za sobą. Przed nami czekało prawdziwe wyzwanie. Po obejściu Stawu, szlak prowadzący na Rysy zaczynał robić się coraz bardziej stromy i wymagający. Skały były  coraz większe, a otoczenie coraz bardziej surowe. Zmieniała się również roślinność, kosodrzewina, mech, wkrótce również zniknęły, a my wspinaliśmy się coraz wyżej.

Szlak na Rysy jest jednym z trudniejszych w Tatrach, nie jest to wyprawa dla początkujących osób. Należy mieć zdecydowanie kondycję oraz profesjonalne buty górskie. Bez tego ani rusz! Minęliśmy nawet jedną dziewczynę, która schodziła w dół. Zapytana przez nas czy była już na górze, odpowiedziała niezbyt entuzjastycznie  ‘szkoda gadać…’

Po przejściu około połowy drogi od Czarnego Stawu na sam szczyt, coraz niższa temperatura oraz większy wiatr dawały się we znaki. Na szczęście na niebie niemal nie było żadnych chmur, dzięki czemu widoczność była niesamowita. Idąc coraz wyżej, kamienne skały przemieniły się w rumowiska, na których łatwo się pogubić we mgle! My sami mając idealne warunki, zboczyliśmy ze szlaku 2-3 razy. Ciężko mi jest wyobrazić sobie wspinaczkę tam zimą lub przy gęstej mgle(!)

W tym czasie udało nam się dogonić kilku turystów wspinających się na Rysy, a także minąć kilka osób schodzących już ze szczytu. Bardzo lubię w górach to, jak wszyscy są otwarci i przyjaźnie nastawieni do siebie. Zwykłe ‘cześć’, ‘hej’ działa motywująco. Często też prowadzi się dłuższe rozmowy. Mam wrażenie, że takich ludzi nie spotyka się na co dzień, a właśnie tam, wysoko w górach…

Ostatni etap drogi to około godzinna trasa prowadząca po niemal pionowo nachylonej skale, którą pokonuje się przy użyciu łańcuchów. Bycie sprawnym i zwinnym zdecydowanie jest tu potrzebne! Widząc w końcu cel naszej wyprawy, wchodziliśmy jeszcze szybciej, aby ostatecznie stanąć na szczycie Rysów o punkt 10:00.! 2499 m n.p.m.!

 

Widoki oraz panorama Tatr zapierała dech w piersiach. Można było dostrzec niemal każdą górę zarówno na polskiej, jak i słowackiej części. Znaleźliśmy idealne miejsce na ‘piknik’ by zjeść i zregenerować siły.

Schodząc ze szczytu nie chcieliśmy dowierzać, że na Rysy wchodził właśnie 8-latek w towarzystwie swoich rodziców. Co prawda był on w pełni zabezpieczony, przyczepiony linami do ojca, ubrany w kask, niemniej jednak chłopak wzbudził duże poruszenie oraz szacunek wśród wszystkich!

Schodzenie okazało się być cięższe niż wchodzenie na samą górę. Zawsze byłam zdania, że jest to bardziej mozolne i trudniejsze niż wspinaczka. Co więcej dużo łatwiej o kontuzję. Wzmagający się ruch turystów na wymagał dzielenia się szlakiem oraz łańcuchami. (Najlepiej jest wchodzić tyłem, trzymając się mocno rękami łańcuchów, podpierając nogami.)

Udało nam się zejść z najbardziej stromego fragmentu trasy. Słońce tym razem oświetlało równomiernie stoki okolicznych gór, ukazując Czarny Staw oraz Morskie Oko w pełnej krasie. Nasz ostatni postój przed zejściem w dół zrobiliśmy sobie właśnie tuż nad brzegiem stawu. Woda miała niesamowity kolor, aż kusiła aby do niej wejść i popływać… (Niestety jest to jednak zabronione i kąpiele na terenie TPN są zakazane)

Pozostawiając za sobą Czarny Staw oraz Rysy w tyle schodziliśmy coraz niżej do Morskiego Oka, które nie było tym samym, widzianym przez nas rano. Tym razem zapełnione wycieczkami oraz turystami straciło swój urok widziany kilka godzin wcześniej.

Maszerując coraz żwawiej, schodząc, a niemal zbiegając do Łysej Polany zakończyliśmy naszą wycieczkę z 26 kilometrami na karku. Naładowani pozytywną energią, wsiedliśmy do samochodu by wrócić do Szczawnicy o 17:00. Pełne godziny nas prześladowały tego dnia ;), wszystko było idealne tego dnia. Nie było ani jednego momentu, w którym wahałabym się lub żałowałabym podczas tej wyprawy. No może, za wyjątkiem zakwasów, które czuliśmy jeszcze przez kolejne 4 dni, przypominające nam o Tatrach i Rysach ;).