Catching up slowly

Time goes quick when you’re having fun. We’re already nearing the end 2012’s first quarter and I’ve only just started sorting out my races for the year. Whilst the local ultra-runners kicked off the year with the Vibram HK100 last month, I was catching the tail end of the windy season in Indonesia. I promised myself I’d make time for my other interests … ultra training takes up an awful lot of personal time .. not that I’m complaining, but even Kilian says there’s more to life than just running! So I’ve had the last few months off, gone skiing, kitesurfed almost every weekend, and made time to catch up with friends and family. Life is good.

This year Hammer Nutrition have generously offered to support my racing efforts again, and Salomon have also extended their endorsement. This means I’ll have my nutrition dialled and I’ll be equipped with some of the best kit in the business … lucky or what!

Training begins in earnest this week .. my first race of the year will be the Sabah Ultra Trail in early April.   I’ve got my main race of the year down as the Ultra Trail South West (UTSW) 100-miler in June, but it’s the same day Milan Fashion Week starts so I’ve got a huge conflict of interest there. Doing UTSW will mean I’ll have to give up covering Spring/Summer 2013 in Milan and Paris .. and going to work means I’ll miss out on the inaugural 100-miler on the Cornish coastpath, with some of the most stunning landscapes I’ve ever seen. I lived in Cornwall for nearly 10 years, and it’d be nice to go back for a visit. Decisions, decisions!

I did consider doing the Al Andalus Ultra Trail after fashion Week in lieu of UTSW, but I’d much rather do a 100-miler than a stage race.

Next on my race radar is The Most Beautiful Thing (TMBT) 100km in Sabah (September), probably TNF100 Singapore in October, and if I didn’t do UTSW, then I’d plan to do GNW in November.

I’ve been thinking a lot about the races that appeal to me .. so far it’s
H.U.R.T 100
Petite Trotte a Leon (PTL).

Just a couple of milers, a stage race and a crazy adventure.
Oh, and UTMB. The mother of all trail ultras. The one I’d said never again to.

Yep, it was inevitable really. It’s taken me 6 months of denial to come round to considering doing it again.

So I’m thinking HK Four Trails Ultra Challenge and UTMB in 2013, then H.U.R.T.100 and PTL in 2014. TransAlpine might have to wait till 2015 as it’s too close to UTMB and PTL to consider doing it in the same year … or I could take a page out of Andre Blumberg’s training diary and do it anyway … the man has phenomenal recovery abilities, amazing consistency, and a very nice guy to boot. The only person to do a TNF Grand Slam (all The North Face Asia Pacific 100km races in a year .. with 3 of them just a week apart!) Right now he’s in NZ attempting a Kiwi Double .. the Tarawera 100km this weekend just gone and then the Northburn 100 miler next weekend .. hardcore or what!

Last weekend the wind officially died so it’s running season again. Time to lace up and head out. See you on the trails!

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