150km around the highest peak in Europe
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well for me at least it was an epic but since my endurance training consisted of 145m along a canal perhaps my legs were taken by surprise.
It was probably the hardest 'run' i've ever done & definitely the prettiest. the ascents are so long and the descents generally so steep that there isn't much opportunity for extended running.
Despite strong advice to the contrary I think I still probably set off too fast and by 25m was being sick. By les Chapieux I was very demoralised (and still being sick) but took some time to revaluate my expectations and decided a finish was a must (even if only just inside the deadlines) just so I didn't have to come back again.
As a result I took things easier through the day, joined up with a couple of other Brits, whose company helped tremendously, and just slogged it out. by the 2nd evening I was a lot better and by the last day was actually feeling quite good. the finish was brilliant and I even downed a can of beer without being sick - which is unusual for me at the end of an ultra.
At least I now don't have to go back but the pain in my brain already seems to be fading faster than the pain in my legs!
Yes, the weather was very good a bit hot during the day especially on the ascent after Courmayeur but it was quite warm at night too.
Wish I could put my problems down to altitude but you shouldn't really start feeling the effects of altitude till about 10,000' and even the G Col Ferret is only about 8250' 00' so no, I think it was just me!
will look into that but my experience of altitiude comes from climbing rather than running. In my climbing experience acclimatisation usually takes days rather than hours too. I would also have thought that acclimatisatin on the race would also be less easy because you are spending so little time at altitude before returning to the valley base.
I have felt dizziness on hotel stairs in Quito (10,000') but never really struggled with breathlessness till about 12,000' personally & headaches at about 16,000'.
Been up to just over 19,000' a couple of times. once it had little effect (good acclimatisation possibly) and the other it gave me a throbbing headache for hours.
I guess its not easy to differentiate general breathlessness because of the size of the ascent / general exertion from the effects of altitude though because both will play a part
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