3 halves. Doesn't make a whole.
Ultra Trail Mont Blanc.
Unbelievable. Tremendous. Majestic. Beautiful.
I am convinced our apartment was built on an Indian burial site (Gareth P - you know!)
Sleep has to be a priority leading up to a race that is going to take all night, all day and all night again. So to be lying awake at 2:00am for 3 consecutive nights was becoming a little tedious. No amount of mindfulness tapes, hot water and lemon, Lord of the rings (always worth a shot!) or simple spread eagle lethargy pose was doing it. It was neither assisted by the calf cramp that crept up and spooked me in the middle of the night, nor the late night cheering and clapping coming from town for the finishers of the other events. The lesson of this is 2 fold. Never book an apartment in the centre of town that doesn't have double glazing, dark blind settings or air con and be prepared for the adrenaline rush known as "pre race nerves".
For my level of racing experience, ability and common sense, I opted for a 15litre capacity vest pack. There is a balance to be had between lightweight speedy and heavyweight steady. Training has never been focused on speedy and with unpredictable weather, cutting down a few grams for the sake of cutting down a few grams was never going to be an option. Whilst packing Dan reminded me that I happily yomped with 100lb bergan on my back throughout my years as a Royal Marine. Any fool can be cold and in the case of UTMB, any fool can be too cold, too hot, too thirsty, too hungry and definitely too fast! Leave with everything that can make the journey more comfortable.
Spring energy gels and electrolyte sachets were the main food source. Knowing the stations were well stocked with. hot soups, pasta, rice, hot drinks and snack foods thirst and hunger were never going to be induced from lack of resources. It is was only possible by not partaking in eating and drinking enough.
Up next... The River of Madmules to Les Houches and 2 quarters beyond.