Emma Pooley

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Komoot Ambassador with a passion for running, biking, hike-a-bikes, mountains, coffee, and all the snacks.


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  1. Emma Pooley a planifié une sortie à VTT.

    6 décembre 2020

    32,5 km
    13,9 km/h
    800 m
    810 m
    Wolf-Udo, Schöbi et 2 autres aiment ceci.
  2. Emma Pooley et ldeddens ont fait du VTT.

    29 novembre 2020

    59,1 km
    13,4 km/h
    1 280 m
    1 400 m
    Dave Heelis, Georg et 74 autres aiment ceci.
    1. Emma Pooley

      First ride of the Sonder Signal Ti !No off-road ride would be complete for me without a bit of hike-a-bike... but in this case I also for the first time in my life enjoyed a "proper" MTB descent. Mostly actually riding it ;-) I think the monster-size 29" Hunt wheels help! Maybe I can learn to MTB after all... (to some extent).Thanks Liesbeth for an awesome route and great company and the encouragement :-)

      • 29 novembre 2020

  3. Emma Pooley a fait une course à pied.

    25 novembre 2020

    34,2 km
    5,5 km/h
    1 100 m
    1 080 m
    Tino Meding, Hannes et 29 autres aiment ceci.
    1. Emma Pooley

      For a while now (over a year) it's been a goal of mine to run 100km. I know it's not such a big distance in ultra-running terms but somehow it feels like an important milestone in trying to become an ultra-runner.It takes a while to build up to that distance, and injuries & cancelled races & distraction by other fun goals meant that I have still not got there.Now seemed like a good time - plenty of long runs over the last few months, weather not yet too cold... and the body just about holding up!So I grabbed a GPX from the Fastest Known Time website, for a route around the Vierwaldstättersee - planning to do only the most scenic 100km (it's 150km in total) and set off at from the last bus connection at 1am in Küssnacht-am-Rigi.It didn't go as hoped: fatigue, nosebleed, breathless, poor GPX file (whole sections were missing), knee pain, sore foot... The route was relatively easy to follow once I gave up on the GPX I'd downloaded (it's a well-signed national walking route) but I can't say I enjoyed it: either tarmac (too flat and hard on the feet) or super steep technical trails with slippery rocks and leaves, on which I couldn't really run when tired and stumbling. Probably there are amazing views - but of course it was dark, and also densely foggy! Everything added up and it was one of those days (nights) when instead of relishing the challenge, it all just felt like too much. I was miserable, cold, reduced to walking by the knee pain, and I couldn't see the point any more.So I quit. Sometimes that's the best thing, actually - no matter how many cheesy slogans there are about not quitting. I don't want to injure my knee so badly that I can't run for weeks or months - love running too much!I decided to quit at 3am, near Gersau. There aren't many transport connections from there at 3am ;-) so I had a little nap in the corner of a multi-storey car park (hot tip: the air vents in car parks are sometimes warm, can be a good place for a nap on silly long adventures!) then jogged & walked on for another few hours until I got to a train station, at around the time it was getting light.So I missed a whole night's sleep for a miserable painful walk-jog on a route I didn't much like, and failed at my goal. But hey, these things happen, and it's not tragic! I learned about the different ways one can be motivated as well as about the planning (so many dumb things I did wrong), I can laugh at myself about it, I can still run, and maybe I'll try again...

      • 29 novembre 2020

  4. Emma Pooley a planifié une course à pied.

    22 novembre 2020

    145 km
    7,7 km/h
    4 680 m
    4 680 m
    Sascha K., Hannes et 12 autres aiment ceci.
    1. Emma Pooley

      Starting midnight at Küssnacht is at about km10.If around 7kph => should be in Flüelen around 06:30/7am for coffee and gipfeli...

      • 22 novembre 2020

  5. Emma Pooley a fait une course à pied.

    15 novembre 2020

    DanielT, JLM-Swiss et 30 autres aiment ceci.
    1. Emma Pooley

      Riding round the Zugersee is a fairly standard road bike loop, and as a run it's flat and fast. But I'm not much of a fan of flat, so I came up with this route to circumnavigate the lake staying high... taking in Rigi, Gnipen, Wildspitz and Zugerberg.

      A bunch of crazy people agreed to join in, and we were treated to amazing autumn weather and great views.

      The route is fun because you can divide it into chunks intersected by train stations, so people can join or leave partway round (at Immensee or Arth-Goldau), depending how far they want to run and how much climbing they want to do.

      There are mountain restaurants on Rigi and Wildspitz, as well many little mountain 'Beizli' to get snacks, but check opening times first depending on the season. Plus of course threre's shops and railway station vending machines in Immensee and Arth-Goldau.

      In winter there's likely to be snow on Rigi and Wildspitz, and some of the paths are very narrow and steep, so choose your shoes appropriately!

      • 22 novembre 2020

  6. Emma Pooley a fait une course à pied.

    8 novembre 2020

    Iris, DanielT et 20 autres aiment ceci.
    1. Emma Pooley

      This route is inspired by history and connects some of my favourite play areas in central Switzerland...

      On the gravel bike adventure with Iris in July a friend told me about the Russian generalissimo Suworow and his army’s epic march in 1799. Battling wintry snow and constant attack, Suworow led his troops over several mountain passes (including Chinzig) in a strategic withdrawal from the Napoleonic forces that vastly outnumbered them.

      I’ve become a bit obsessed with the idea of trying to retrace that route. Not that I’m an admirer of war and fighting (quite the contrary), it’s just such an amazing story of battling the odds, and with so many beautiful remote passes!

      There is a Via Suworow signposted hiking route but after some exploring in the summer (apologies again for that hike-a-bike Iris and Yorit and Liesbeth!) I thought I could find a more adventurous and scenic path on the central part from Altdorf to Glarus. Suworow's route was much longer, from Airolo to Chur.

      The run did not disappoint, it's pretty spectacular. It'd be suitable for a two-day run or hike if ultra-running isn’t your thing!

      In the summer there are various mountain restaurants and alpine farms where it's possible to buy food and fill up water bottles. Be sure to carry plenty though, just in case.

      The most daring part of Suworow’s Swiss campaign was when, after weeks of marching, fought back by the French at Glarus, he led his exhausted army over the snow-bound 2,404 metre (7,887 ft) Panixerpass. Many lives were lost but they were saved from total annihilation.

      For comparison, I slipped over on an icy rock after six hours, bruised my bum, had a little cry, then limped 25 kilometres down a road to the train station. They just don't make them like they used to...

      • 21 novembre 2020

  7. Marty et 2 membres ont planifié une sortie gravel.

    31 octobre 2020

    72,9 km
    10,1 km/h
    2 130 m
    2 130 m
    Hannes, Matthias Knaepper et 7 autres aiment ceci.
  8. Emma Pooley a fait du gravel.

    2 septembre 2020

    Tom ツ🍁, Sven Simmich et 17 autres aiment ceci.
    1. Emma Pooley

      Everesting on a road bike was fun... in a type 2 kind of way! This was my second attempt at this kind of ride, and I deliberately wanted to go slower and take more time to appreciate all the wonderful things about riding for a long time in a beautiful place.

      So I took my beloved Sonder Camino to the steepest rideable gravel climb I knew, which just happens to also be breathtakingly spectacular.

      I say "rideable" but actually, on a gravel bike, only just! It's seriously steep, so I'd recommend MTB gearing. And although I always bang on about how important it is to have the right gearing... of course that's something I often forget to check myself.

      I "discovered" (by accident) this gravel road on day two of the bikepacking tour with Iris back in July, and it's so steep I had to walk part of it, downhill! But that was with full camping gear, so I hoped I'd be ok with an unburdened bike.

      Hope might move mountains but it can't change the maths of gear ratios and I was in the biggest sprocket most of the way up, on every single rep. I knew that if I blew up I wouldn't make it up at all, so I took regular snack stops.

      I was lucky that a friend came along with his camera, and another buddy joined me for a few reps of the climb. It's good to enter a meditative, solitary headspace on a challenge like this, but it would have been a loooooong long time alone.

      This climb is well worth a visit just for the view of the valley below and surrounding mountains. Can recommend at both sunrise and sunset.

      • 22 novembre 2020

  9. Emma Pooley a planifié une sortie gravel.

    31 août 2020

    8,12 km
    4,7 km/h
    900 m
    0 m
    Bademeister et Donncha Irish aiment ceci.
  10. ldeddens et Emma Pooley ont planifié une sortie à VTT.

    11 août 2020

    64,0 km
    8,5 km/h
    2 600 m
    1 160 m
    Emma Pooley et Fleck aiment ceci.
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