I’m back in Chamonix for a few days, to spend some more time running on these amazing alpine trails, this time with my girlfriend. The weather has been amazing… The views breath taking…
It’s largely a relaxing holiday, taking time out, to drink coffee, watch the clouds, and read as much as enjoying the trails. Whilst here, I’m also making final adjustments to my kit for the Lakeland 50, which is now only 10 days away and moving my thinking forward to the UTMB – TDS which is also getting increasingly closer.
It’s just under three months until the UTMB race series gets underway in Chamonix, kicking off with the TDS – Sur les Traces des Ducs de Savoie. This race starts in the center of Courmayeur in Italy on Wednesday 28th August at 7:00am and runners have a maximum of 33 hours to complete the 119km to Chamonix.
“A race in open country along the ‘Grande Randonnée’ paths crossing though the Mont-Blanc, Beaufort, Tarentaise and Aosta valley countryside.”
An estimated 1500 runners are expected to line up for the start and I will be amongst them.
With the Lakeland 50 coming the month before at the end of July I have had little chance to think about the TDS, however my thoughts are starting to turn to this race and how I can best prepare for the altitude, the logistics and race day.
I’m heading out to France to run the CCC route in a couple of weeks with the TORQ Trail Running Team, which hopefully will give me some idea of the terrain and the geography of the area. Both the Lakeland 50 and the TDS are my A’ races for the year, so I will be speaking to the guys at TORQ Fitness to ensure that I can recover sufficiently and maintain fitness between the races and head out to Italy best prepared.
Posted in Adventures, Racing, Running, TORQ Running
Tagged #TDS13, CCC, Courmayeur, Running, sports, Sur les Traces des Ducs de Savoie, TDS, Training, UTMB
Back before I can remember, I applied for a place on the new concept Torq Trail Running Team. A professional team, with a big difference – it will be made up of amateur runners who live to run on trails.
Well, for the past two months I’ve sat and waited, fingers crossed… and today, an email arrived… Confirming that I have been invited to an assessment day next month. If I pass at the selection day, I get to join Torq Fitness on their newly formed Trail Runners Team. I’ve got to say, I’m stunned and excited, 2013 is already kicking of to be a fantastic year, and now this..!
Successful applicants will receive all the benefits of being part of a professional team, including :
- A nutritional assessment and nutrition products from TORQ Fitness
- Team-branded kit for training and racing
- A three day training and preparation trip running in the Alps on the UTMB course around Chamonix
- Appearances in features in Trail Running Magazine
- Support and advice throughout the season
What better preparation could there be for the Lakeland 50 and UTMB – TDS..?
Posted in Racing, Running
Tagged Alps, Chamonix, Energy bars, Energy gel, Fitness, fitness team, Lakeland 50, Run, Runner, Running, running magazine, sports, TDS, Torq, TORQ Fitness, Torq organic bars, trail runners, Trail Running, Trail Running Magazine, Training, UTMB
With less than a week to the start of the Strathpuffer I thought I had better get used to riding on and in the snow again. As who knows what the weather will be like in Strathpeffer next Saturday? So whilst the country grinds to a slow halt, I was out playing in the trees. Making fresh tracks everywhere I went, not another soul in site, just me, the bike and snow! Bliss..!
Paths and trails that I would normally fly along, were buried under a blanket of snow. Trails are blocked by trees waited down by snow. My tyres crunch through the snow. I duck and dive through this new familiar, yet strange world, following animal tracks, listening to the birds, today I don’t want the trail to end…
Posted in Biking, Snow, Weather
Tagged 24 Hours, 24H, blanket of snow, Mountain Biking, Mtb, nature, outdoors, Race, Racing, Riding, Scotland, Snow, snow trails, Strathpeffer, Strathpuffer, Training, Trees, Winter
I arrived home this afternoon to find a surprise on the door step, a box of Red Bull..! I’m entered in the inaugural Red Bull Steeplechase, on the 7th October down in the Peak District. I’m guessing this is to aid my training. I’ve not used Red Bull when running before, so it will be an interesting experiment, although I have sure used it enough working!
Red Bull Surprise
The Red Bull Steeplechase is a unique knockout fell running event, which will see 250 competitors start in Castleton and run from church steeple, to church steeple, passing through Bamford, Hope, Edale and back to Castleton. At each stage, competitors will be eliminated, only 40 will get to finish in Castleton village square. It sounds like the perfect race, man against mountain, against man, against time!
The Red Bull Steeplechase…