CW - amazing that I was able to run 8-10 hours on three consecutive days considering how totally trashed my quads were on a single day a month ago. Just proves how quickly the body can adapt when you do specific training. I went up a 2000m climb yesterday quicker than I went down it at the end of that race last month in an embarrassing shuffle.
Shameless panoramic photo taken en route below. SL will recognise it as the high point of the Mont Blanc marathon.
TT - sounds like you're hitting some form. In a similar vein, I think I've just bought a new house; having do deal with agents, solicitors, banks etc whilst up at high altitude when I could get a signal (and could breathe again).
3, 9, 10 & 8 hours on each of the last 4 days alone on some pretty remote and tricky mountain trails. Beats your average multi-storey any day. Need to come home and do some work and put my feet up. I'm either mountain fit, or completely knackered - can't decide.
This was the last climb yesterday; much easier than when I last did it mid-race at 4am after 20 hours. Still took an hour though...
Touie2 - that is a high risk strategy and (fwiw) not one I'd recommend. Back in 2012 I was planning to run the UTMB (for the 6th year in a row) but tore a calf muscle in March. Was only just getting back into it and entered the Verbier St Bernard trail 68k in July, which is similar profile to CCC/UTMB, but had to abandon. Calf wasn't so much the problem, though still painful. It was the lack of specific training. Turning up and hoping for the best isn't really possible on this type of mountain ultra; you have to respect the terrain, elevation, steepness, altitude etc. As such I withdrew from the UTMB but was back to complete the TDS the following year (deferral isn't/wasn't an option).
Hope that you're successful in whatever you decide. But don't underestimate the size of the challenge if you are new to this sort of thing. It will find you out if you are underprepared, no matter how strong you think you are mentally. Save yourself for another year when you can give it the full beans. Good luck.
Some good running going on. Particularly from TickTock - that's a great ultra debut. Might be your thing.
Have sneaked out for a few days training in the Alps. Did three hours on arrival yesterday, then 9 hours today and aiming for 10-11 hours tomorrow. Went up some of the climbs that broke me up on my 80k three weeks ago. Much prefer training to racing. No pressure and you can stop at the refuges for Coke & ice cream and admire the views.
Coming up to three weeks since my ultra, and still not fully recovered. Just can't get back into it with any zip. Did the parkrun on Saturday and was more than a minute slower than when I'd done it a few weeks ago (and only matched the time when I did it as a fancy dress trial run pre-VLM, about 18.20).
Got the opportunity to go back out next week for three days in the mountains (only time I can get free accom before the 100k at the end of August), so going to have 3 x 8-10 hours a day hiking/running in the high Alps. Looking forward to exorcising a few demons on the paths of three weeks ago.
Padams, DrD & PP in particular showing some impressive off-season form. Not sure I'll do a (serious) autumn marathon now. Will do Abo for fun, but need to take VLM a bit more seriously next year and want to start in Dec. We shall see though.