We're now drawing to the end of our coverage in Austria with only Friday remaining before the players head back to England on Saturday morning.
At that time, myself and Nathan Stanton will begin our gruelling drive back to the UK, returning on Sunday evening - but this latest blog focuses on the last two days in Obertraun.
Following an abandoned match on Tuesday against an evidently gutted Gschwandt side, plans looked to have altered for the Iron players going into Wednesday as all had got half the match time under their belt that they had expected.
The day (Wednesday) began with a team bike ride once before before training commenced at 10:30AM. On a personal note, I headed out to the main lake in Obertraun on bike to take a look at the views and ended up cycling around 10km in 33 minutes ahead of the training session; leaving myself just enough time to shower and get ready to cover the morning exploits.
The training session included four sets of 11 v 11 matches lasting around ten minutes to get the aforementioned lacking thirty minutes into the players ahead of lunch. The rest of the day was treated as a recovery day, with optional gym sessions, allowing the players to recover from the high intensity that had been put before them since their arrival on Saturday.
Thursday quickly came around, however, and it was the same schedule as Sunday and Monday that returned - an early morning bike ride following by training at both 10:30AM and 4:30PM. The weather had continued to take a turn with the temperature half of that when we first arrived in the country and the pitches had began to look a little waterlogged and also the condition was decreasing. That problem lead to the team training on pitch four, rather than three for the afternoon session.
More 📷 from this evening's training session - the penultimate one in Obertraun. 🇦🇹— Scunthorpe United FC (@SUFCOfficial)July 14, 2016
The competitive nature of the final mini-tournament of the day saw the losing team have to serve the winning team at dinner - most notably Paddy Madden taking advantage of the victory and having Charlie Goode as his waiter. It's safe to say he complained about nearly every aspect of his service!
The Iron now have one further half-day in Obertraun, including their usual morning session, before heading to the capital Salzburg for an encounter with FC Liefering before heading for an overnight stop in Linz awaiting their early-morning flight. For Nathan and myself, we will be heading to Lille on Saturday for a further overnight stop before heading home on Sunday.
WEDNESDAY / THURSDAY, JULY 13 / 14 - IN BRIEF
6.30AM: The usual rise time.
6.45AM: The players head out on their bike ride, six of the staff, including myself, head out on a run.
9.00AM: I head out on my own personal bike ride, clocking 10km in just over 30 minutes.
10.30AM: Training session including high intensity 11 v 11 matches to get match minutes into the players.
6.30AM: The usual rise time.
6.45AM: The players head out on their bike ride.
10.30AM: The morning session commences in Obertraun.
4.30PM: The final afternoon session of the trip takes place.