|Sunrise from Petit Balcon Sud, Chamonix|
Okay, so this wasn’t really how imagined my lead-up to TDG would be. In an ideal world, I’d be raring to go with plenty of miles in my legs, rested and looking forward to this monster of an event. I don’t think calling it a ‘race’ would be entirely appropriate, considering I’m not likely to be in contention and my sole aim is to survive this.
Still, it could be worse. I’ve not had the best preparation with work and all sorts of other things getting in the way (it’s called LIFE ;)), but I’m here now, and I’m make the best of what I’ve got.
Matt Coops has done wonders in getting my head in the right place, as well as done the best he could for my physical training given the massive limitations I keep throwing into the mix.
I arrived in Chamonix last week to watch the UTMB racers get underway, tried to show some support for all the friends I had in the running, and finally got a decent night’s sleep. I love Chamonix and last weekend really was one of the best I’ve had, great weather, good food and playing in the mountains everyday. My only regret was I didn’t get to try the Mont Blanc Marathon Vertical KM route … looks like a killer! (Next time, Izzy!)
|Team Singapore and Malaysia at UTMB|
|Just before the start, UTMB 2013|
|The sharp end of the pack|
On Monday I came over to Courmayeur, still followed by gorgeous weather, and the kind generosity of the man who started all this craziness in the first place. When Giacomo first told me about TDG, I said it was crazy, a year later I’m about to toe the start line .. who’s crazy now?
|The view on the way up to Refuge Bertone from Courmayeur|
The last few days, surrounded by breathtaking mountains and amazing food, I’m as prepared as I’ll ever be. Whatever happens, I know I’ll have the time of my life out there. 🙂