After being unlucky in this year’s UTMB, I decided to give it another go next year. To do so, I was in dire need of UTMB points. Last year’s Ardennes Mega Trail gave me 5, Trail des Fantômes two weeks ago provided me with another 4 points. That makes 6 left. And so I decided to give the Dynafit Echappée Belle Ultra Trail a go!
Alright! It’s time to go! In a few hours, I’m leaving for the French Alps to fulfill what has been a goal for over 2 years. The idea is to hike the Pointe Percée area for a few days and then pick up Kim and head for Chamonix and try to find some distraction to prevent getting overly nervous!
People who know me, even just a bit, will probably know that not being able to run would be hell for me. I already went to (admittingly, just the top layer of) hell and back when I was injured at the end of last year. I hated it. After a while, I found my peace with temporarily being unable to run by focussing on coming back better & stronger than before. But what if there was no such thing to focus on? What if there was no hope on coming back at all?
T minus 8 days. CCC is closing in fast now, and things have taken a turn for the worse. After the Ghent-Ieper run, I had some minor pain in my left quadriceps. I gave them some well deserved rest. And then some more, just to make sure. But when I ran again, a week later, another issue arose. This time, my left knee started hurting. A familiar pain this time, all the more worrying…
Some of you already know. But then some of you don’t so, once more: I’m running CCC (short for Courmayeur, Italy – Champex, Switzerland – Chamonix, France) this summer! And even though it might just be “the baby brother” of the UTMB, with its 101k and about 6100m of positive altitude, it’s not exactly a walk through the park. It’s fair to say I’m pretty nervous about the whole thing.
Summer has been busy. Renovations. Running. More renovations. More running. More running. You get the point. I made no summer plans. None. None whatsoever. Everything had to give way for the running goals near the end of summer (more about that later).