I wouldn't have a problem doing a Wednesday race as I'd be looking at staying in the area for a week and making it my family holiday as it would probably use up family holiday funds anyway. I like Dill's money saving tips on using marigolds - brilliant!
I don't have a great deal of money though so if I went, it would be a complete one off, so I'd hate not to be prepared. I live in a very flat area, so training wouldn't be ideal.
I've raised 7 points from 3 races this year which was the UTMB requirement, but it's now gone up to 8. I am entered into one more race, but I'm struggling a bit at present with a torn hip flexor. I'm getting physio on it, but I'll have to see how things go over the next couple of weeks before I make a decision.
But Chamonix is definitely the top of my bucket list. I shall see how things pan out. I'm very grateful to all the blogs and forum stuff - there's a lot to learn and you're all imparting a lot of knowledge - much appreciated.
But sadly I didn't take Travis' advice about not sitting down. I sat down and paid for it big time, with a 16 mile slog on a torn hip flexor.
Oh well, live and learn eh?
(PS Thanks again for all your hard work and support)
And if anyone's interested, I used vaseline for all potential chafe and blister spots and I didn't have a single problem in that category. I haven't tried bodyglide or sudocrem, but I'm going with what works for me for now.