Budějovice – Praha on SUP by Petra and Petra
The evening before the race we arrived at the starting point, me Petra, my partner Petra and support Michal. After a meeting and going over the course over a beer, we grilled dinner and went for a spin.
Morning wake-up call. A great breakfast prepared by Michal and we moved on to the debate and the first photo together. Warm up and off to the start. According to our plans we set off at our usual pace, not to overdo the start, was the clear instruction. We kept up a great pace and soon we were we could see the castle in Hluboká nad Vltavou. Beautiful view, too bad we can’t keep up to take pictures, anyway, we carry the boards, have a drink and hurry on. We’re paddling and the road and we’re paddling along beautifully. By about 35km we both feel great. Around 50km
fatigue sets in, our gazes meet more and more often, but but we’re still smiling and nodding that we’re good. Michal waves to us now and then from the shore and occasionally delivers a drink, as we are always happy to see him. The journey passes so much faster. At 60km I start to strike. My my head has allowed myself to have unpleasant thoughts, we’re taking a gel to replenish and we make a joke and smile as we speed to the finish line. My head is already in
and here comes 63km and a feeling of happiness and relief. We see Zvíkov Castle and we are happy. I’ve never seen a castle better. Michal waves and hugs and and pats us on the back. We’ve arrived, and even at the time we set.
That’s great. Broken like a sledge in the summer, but happy to have made it successfully today. Dinner and a visit from the great @physios. It was an amazing idea to have Adam and Tereza on hand, who have been incredibly helped, tapes on, vitamins eaten and yay for bed.
Wake-up call…. We get out of bed slowly and don’t let our heads other than “hooray for the start”. We both know that today is going to be tough. We have eggs for breakfast and Michal drives us from the nice campsite under Zvíkov back to Zvíkov Castle, we walk through the walls, take the boards from the courtyard and go down to the water. The beautiful landscape breathes a cool and refreshing breeze on us in the morning and we exercise our muscles. Start. Slowly, keeping a deliberate pace, we set off for the longest leg. Today we’ll pass through Orlik and Slapy. We’re looking forward to the lift by boat, we’ve never seen it before. We’ve paddled the Orlik quite a bit fast. Yay for the elevator. There’s great cold air and ice water under the dam. We’re refreshing ourselves quickly with water and paddling on. We’re just talking minimally. At noon, we get in the water at Slapy to freshen up and and we roll right back in. Michal supplies us with water and food along the way. Cramps in and we quench our thirst with liters of ion exchange. At Slapy we caught in a headwind about 10km we paddle against. Training in the wind paid off. The jokes that we know much much bigger winds drive us forward. We paddle and keep paddling. I don’t think we’ll ever go on holiday to Slapy… Motorboats are trying to throw us off the paddleboard, fortunately they didn’t succeed once. The sun is starting to set, Michal serves us cold water for the last time and we still have 15km to go. We have to to make it in time for daylight. It’s getting dark. On the shore in the distance we see a flickering light. What a beautiful target light it was. 71km are over and we’re happy and cheerful, taking beer into the painful hand instead of the paddle, that our friends handed us at the finish line. This time the camp for all the money, the shower is supposedly no longer running, there is no food left. Luckily we have luxury support, which has delayed the warden and he has allowed us to at least throw a quick shower. We threw together a quick meal and off we went to meet Adam and Terka to their PHYSICAL DELIVERY…. It’s almost midnight and we’re climbing tired into bed.
Morning wake-up call, breakfast and off to the start. We start earlier than the canoeists, so we had to get a move on. We drive to the start by car and meet about 600 metres with the boards down the hill to the water. The Vltava River flows between the rocks and forms beautiful meanders. In the morning haze we paddle and enjoy the incredible
beautiful scenery. Slowly we are overtaken by solid paddleboards, which only go the last leg. Behind them are SUPers David and Marek, who are going the long race and the first canoeists. Every now and then someone greets and whizzes by. Today it’s running away super fast. We’re accelerating, we don’t feel the blisters on our hands anymore and we’re smiling from this morning. We even laugh out loud sometimes. The crossing and the last kilometers of the race. Paddling and enjoying the good feeling of finishing the race. Only 31km to go today. At the finish line we laugh that today was already a rush. Terka has us in at the finish line because we were going faster than planned. Blisters
on our hands are the only thing that hurts. I think the mental and physical preparation for the race and good facilities led us to the finish line with success. Thanks to Michal for the amazing support, without which we could not have done it for sure. Thanks to Adam and Terka from Fyzosi for repairing our sore body, it really didn’t hurt anymore, you guys are amazing. Thank you also very much to the race organizers Mojža and his wife for the opportunity to participate. And thanks to our own strength and determination to try this crazy thing. I hope it wasn’t last time.
Feeling lucky to be the first two women Petra and Petra to finish the race České Budějovice – Prague and on an inflatable paddleboard size 12, which I think is crazy, is really wonderful. Endorphins are a god thing.
I believe that the two of us will give something more!
(Translated by using DeepL)