Once the disappointment after dropping out of UTMB had somewhat settled, it was time to decide whether I’d give it another go. It’s not an easy decision, but it helped I had from the end of August until the end of December to make up my mind.
As I mentioned before, I severely underestimated the impact dropping out. At first, it seemed obvious: I already had the required points and running UTMB (entirely) has been a dream for years. So within 5 days after UTMB, it was just a matter of waiting until the registrations opened. And then I got tired of running and really couldn’t motivate myself to go out there and run for a few hours. I felt like I wanted to do something else in 2017 instead of visiting the French Alps once more. I found excuses in places I’d never even looked before.
In the end, common sense took over and I entered. Only to be left disappointed by the following e-mail in my inbox:
Dear Marijn VANDEVOORDE,
You are pre-registered for the race UTMB®.
Due to the high demand for places in the above events we have held a draw and we regret to inform you that you have been unsuccessful.
We are extremely sorry.
If I’d been having trouble motivating myself before, it’s only got worse. With no summer goals and the prospect of having to collect the necessary UTMB points again in 2016, I suddenly entered total running depression. There are some ideas, some dreams about UTMB 2017, but well, to be continued. This will have to do for now.