Exactly. That's why I'm doing it again In 2012 there were views to be enjoyed, but many of them obscured by fog/cloud, hoping for clearer skies this time. Views down on the big climb from Bourg St Maurice weren't bad and from the forts area you could certainly see you'd climbed some distance.
Do sort of agree with you DanA. I bet there is a fairly even split who don't wear vs wear one. I've just worn a watch on a few of my longer runs I past. Its nice to be away from time and information on events like this. Afterall if you give it your best and your up to the task you will complete and inside the time. And as for knowing the elevation its again probably supplementary info.
Guess mine might be on the wrist as force of habit as usually have it in training so know the real-time and that won't be back late for something. And useful in training to get in run facts to back up my feel if a training route is usefully hilly (as previously mentioned live in a small hill area). Neither of these particularly relevant to TDS as its what I've trained for and no hurry to complete it.
Also, for longer stuff I often have the route in should I happen to go off course - unlikely as this is in this event. As backup to map/route description.
Or maybe its just as I'm a bit of a tech-
Hope all going well for all? (even though this is still months away). All good here training-wise, worked a few more hilly off-road routes in this week as been able to in short sessions. First short-ultra of the year last Saturday, v.flat though and just nice to run more than few hours. Got an undulating 50 in April and no plans set in stone till TDS before then.
Hi Jon, I think the start time has moved forwards since 2012 when I was last over and it was 7am then. Bus pickup was 4-5.30am then I think and got there in plenty of time via the tunnel if I recall. Maybe the webiste not fully updated and new pickup time will be before 4.30? Re. busy-ness, had to queue, but no panics.
I used my garmin 910xt last time, it was fairly new and had lasted beyond 20hours if I recall before I turned it off. Several other garmin and other brand models claim longer battery life still. I quite like to know the elevation myself... sometimes... other times it can just be frustrating to note lack of progress haha. I've got one of those USB portable battery unit things I might take, its a chunkyish, robust one, meaning extra weight, but have used it before to put some juice on my phone on a long day out so could do same with garmin as cable has USB connector to.
Some good advice on here already, I'd back up that specificity is key. I've done a multistage organised event in a few years and that was VO2's Atlantic coast challenge (Cornwall) which was roughly a marathon each day getting more undulating and challenging underfoot as days went on. Back-to-back long days helped train for that.
But then last year did a self-organised multi-dayer last year, which saw me running on 5 consecutive days, but the biggest days were middle three at 53, 44 and 43 miles. Hauled all own gear, but travelled quite light as staying indoor accommodation each night.
Very different terrain to what you'll probably encounter as mostly undulating light trail and more tarmac as days went on. I'd trained with 30-65m weeks most of the 6 months in advance and had run a single 'longer' LSR most months of 26-50m, with an isolated challenge 85m run one month carrying lots of food and gear. All this mostly on trail. My peak training week was high mileage, 7 days run in a row with back-to-back 18 and 30m runs at higher than expected pace on the upcoming multidayer. Though, this was only time I'd consider I did back to back LSR. Other weeks typically saw an LSR on Sunday and 8m+ commute run with pack on tired legs Monday.
This prepared me excellently for energy levels, but could have done with more LSR on hard surfaces to try and reinforce my legs and feet against the battering they'd get on multidayer which turned out to have a higher percentage hard surface than I'd anticipated and usually done in training. Lesson here is I guess: know your terrain.
Looking at your specifics without knowing about the event, the daily mileage doesn't creep over marathon that often so you might not suffer too badly from impact damage, especially if more offroad. And hopefully plenty of time to rest each day after the run. As others say get used to running 5-7 days in a row and make the distance and difficulty variable. That 34k ascent is quite a lot so needs to be considered and factored in to you training as that works out at about 240 foot climb every mile which is not insignificant. If mostly off-road then this will mean quite a lot of walking, so practice LSR routes that are tough enough to make you do some hiking up hills and perhaps do a long hike at hard pace without running every few weeks.
Best of luck, quite jealous as sounds a good adventure.