So, with base training for the new season in mind, what are my plans?
Well, believe it or not, the UTMB has featured heavily in my thoughts for a million different reasons.
Although I conceed there may be a certain ‘filtering’ that has occurred over the past couple of months through the romanticising, rose-tinted spectacles of time, I have to balance the event and all it’s trauma against the whole experience, and at the end of the day I still feel myself priviledged to have been able to take part in such an event.
Let me explain. My thoughts fell fairly and squarely into a two types. typically from
“I’m never doing this again” and “This is no fun”
at the low points of the run to the equally extreme, but opposite
“This is an incredible experience”, “The landscapes here are fantastic” and “This isn’t going to beat me”
and despite the fact that I distinctly remember saying to myself that I was not enjoying it at times during the event, I have to consider the fact that I believe I could do better if my feet had not let me down again (or if I had been smarter about looking after my feet, but that is another story….)
At the end of the day I can only think of half a dozen reasons why I wouldn’t do Mont Blanc again, but I can think of a million reasons why I would want to, including training for the MdS (only 18 months away), trying and proving approaches to saving my feet, attempting to improve my time and experiencing the beauty of the region.
So that is part of my plan for next year. The rest, as with any good book, will be revealed over time!