I think i'll send it back and go for the bigger size. It comes too highly rated just to dismiss.
Btw well done WiB at Canterbury. That was fast!
Got accom booked for Chamonix now. The only thing left to do is a bit of running and soem eating
Dill - surprised you can't fit all the kit in the 12L pack. I've run several UTMB's (plus TdS, Verbier/St Bernard, & a few other races with the same kit requirements), and managed to get all the items into an Olmo 5L pack. Including, jacket, tights, trousers, long-sleeve top and all the other obligatory kit. Just needs a bit of careful packing imo (see pic - 2 x 500ml bottles on the front shoulder straps)
If I can't get it in a 3ltr pack I'm just going to wear it.
Dan I shall reserve further judgment until the larger size pack arrives. What I really don't want to do is get it all shoved in and have it like a beachball on my back. That sort of discomfort really plays on my mind during a race. So we shall see.
Where are you staying WiB? I managed to get a well expensive 3 star B&B in Chamonix. The Langley hotel I believe.
Everybody else seems to have their room booked!
Guess I should get my backside into gear!
We have booked a flat for a handful of us in Chamonix.
Can one buy into this setup?
Sooo, its 8 points for 2015 entry. I hope this doesn't bugger up anyone's plans too much if you have already booked races or races you need are already full.
Was also quite surprised that points gained in 2012 at UTMB, TDS or CCC will be valid for 2015 entry. Have I read this correctly??!
Bee - yes you have. Points you get on any of the UTMB events are valid for 3 years rather than the 2 for all other races.
Lake, cheers! Just looked at the 2014 entry page and yep it always seems to have been that way. Never noticed!
It would have changed what races I booked for this year had I realized!
It might mean I don't have enough points now ... but hey ... if that is the case then it clearly wasn't to be!! All depends what the Lakeland 3 x 3000 has by way of points if any, AND if I can get rid of my current niggles so I can actually do any of my races this year!! I do have two tickets in the ballot though if all goes to plan anyway ... what will be will be
Well CC if you don't get into the UTMB next year there's a space on a PTL team if you want it?
8pts is still in 3 races though and realistically you need to have tackled something as difficult as a 4 pointer before this I'd say (and 2 x 2 pointers in prep) - or at least a 2, 3, 3 combo over the two years previous.
Whats more important is the makeup of the 2 - 4 pointer you use. A lot of flat/undulating British 4 pointers, good for the distance, but worth getting the rest of the points from really hilly events! The biggest single continuous - or near enough - ascents/descents in UTMB, TDS at least are as big or bigger than Ben Nevis. So hill training is second to none.
So 3 x 3000's would be excellent Cragchick, if you get enough points. Best of luck with niggles.
PTL 2020 for me
Agreed with DE, there really is no substitute for hills prepping for the race, and consider long days hill walking as decent training days, try to get out onto the lakes or Snowdonia/Brecons and get some time on feet
Right I've got my poles just need to practice with them now. Feel a bit of a twat running uk races with them though. May have to go out in the middle of the night so no-one sees me.
Just shy of 200m, off-the-beaten track UTMB - woweee, would be awesome GKD
If I get a place on any of the UTMB races next year, I will be spending many many hours running up and down Cairngorm mountain for preparation for sure.
Totally agree you CANNOT avoid hill training, just makes no sense to. I am always intrigued how the points are awarded, how same amount of points are awarded for races that really are so far removed from each other. Not that I am knocking it having got 4 points from the SDW in 2012!! And yes, long days in hills are fantastic training - endurance and strength.
Niggles seem to be abating fingers crossed after god knows how many trips to osteopath, and a biomechanics guy telling me how I am bow-legged, hypermobile and seriously over-pronate (how make a gal feel good!!) ... am experimenting with some insole things he gave me try - idea of orthotics is so far removed from the type of shoes I've been running in over last few years, and my thoughts of running style ... but I didn't have any knee pain today so I clearly need to shut up and listen ... plus side was hypermobile ankles make me less prone to ankle-sprains cos my ankles are made of rubber apparently
Poles - get over it , you'll learn to love them!!
Think I am going to be wading around in serious snow for my MM at end of April at this rate - snow up here is amazing
Lucky you Cragchick, not had a drop of the white stuff all winter long. Sounds like a few possible solutions there to get you back on track, best of luck.
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