Arrived in Chamonix and the atmosphere was amazing. We had lots of admin type things to do like kit check etc and that was a long drawn out process in itself. I might add another post later on that deals with the logistics of buses, kit, organisation as it’s useful to know if you ever consider a race like this.
As I’d written in an earlier post, we hadn’t had the best run up to the TDS. I’d been in hospital two weeks ago and I haven’t been feeling 100% since. As you have to sign up a year in advance for this race, you do have to hedge your bets and hope you can time it well in terms of training, injury etc.
We’d discussed simply not running and just having a week in Chamonix but we both felt that it would be a shame not to at least start and see how we felt. The following email was issued before the race:
We would like to remind you that the greatest difficulty in the race is when you leave Bourg Saint-Maurice (Km 51), with 2000m of ascent almost uninterrupted up to the Passeur de Pralognan, followed by a very technical descent towards the Cormet de Roselend. Each year, numerous runners under estimate this section, unnecessarily putting themselves into danger and are forced to abandon. Do not leave Saint-Maurice unless you feel totally capable of facing this difficulty. Apply the same logic at the hamlet of la Gitte, before you begin the climb towards Entre Deux Nants followed by the long traverse to the col du Joly.
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We also got a text the day before from race organisers warning about very hot weather on the day. So with these things in consideration, we entered into it with eyes open and realistic expectations.