I've been spending the last few days on and off getting stuff printed off for this. Think I've covered it but plenty of stuff for this kind of 'holiday' - airport parking, flight dets (boarding pass), airport transfer, hostel dets, pass ultra trail (local discounts), info about carte de hote (free travel in Cham), TDS "to start" transfer booking details (email and attachment as not clear which or if both needed), event guide, hopefully that's everything?
Race vest has been packed to a TDS kit level of gear for the last few LSR, have gear in mind for event (but will no doubt take dozens more items just in case of any predicted 'worse than normal' weather) - will be pleased as punch to spend as much time in shorts and t-shirt as possible (but I'm sure plenty of warm kit will be on at some stage even if just overnight, Chamonix area weather checked (regularly, nothing scary thus far), even Set up bespoke 'jovial' facebook msgs for passing CP and finish (and for withdrawal... gulp) on livetrail (give those back home something to look at)...
Don't feel like I've been running much, not bad tapertitis, but do feel a little sluggish and stiff on the run. Had some good distractions like moving house, lots of work, amongst other things, till last week but now I'm seeking distractions wherever they may be. Time is passing inordinately slowly this week
Reading Lizzy Hawkers book as plenty of mention of UTMB etc... as well as all the other great places she has run. Only she makes it sound so easy haha.
I've used Snowcard in the past and after looking around I have again for upcoming trip to do TDS (the 70m mountain race that is part of UTMB week). Similar cover level to Dogtag by look of it, I just went for Snowcard as 'mountain marathon' cover worked out a little cheaper than equivalent cover option. Also heard BMC cover good, but requires a membership so no cheaper than the options above once that is factored in.
I've had a look at sportscoverdirect single-trip policy or top-up for existing travel insurance option too, but couldn't find anything seemingly related to mountain running for either over 25 miles or over 24hr events.
Geem - Prices for InsureAndGo looked great, but I couldn't find specific ref to ultra or mountain running in policies (unless I've missed it). Closest I could find was 'Trekking (over 2,000 metres but under 6,000 metres altitude)' and that wasn't covered for personal accident or liability, which put me off. Maybe us lot are costing them too much so they've changed the policy
My standard travel insurance appears to cover repatriation, but I've read that people sometimes have trouble with emergency evacuations etc... on standard travel policies.
Last long training run done and probably a bit if a taper from here. I popped over to peak district specifically to get a few longer climbs than in my area. Too busy at weekend and not much leave left from work so just took a half day and headed to Losehill YHA nr. Castleton for a 2.30pm start with a latest finish time of about 8.15pm so I could get a meal back at the YHA (in hindsight I wouldn't have booked this and ran a bit later to catch the dark).
Up and down Losehill, west - back up to Hollins X, Over Mam Tor and up Rushup Edge for awhile before north turn and steepish descent and over fields to climb Jacobs Ladder (no not the bridge between heaven and earth but the stepped track up towards Kinder), followed the undulating, boluder strewn Edale Skyline east and missed planned descent point of Grindsbrook Clough to go back up near Ringing Roger. So took next path down to descend Ringing Roger part way to Edale before a steeper route back up onto the Skyline and eastward again. Short of time I had to cut some of route going round the east of Win Hill to go over it via steep Parkin Clough and instead I headed more or less straight at it barring dropping down to a lower path and ascending a steep field. Then I headed towards Losehill again, but short of time, part way up cut back onto path I'd headed out on back to YHA.
Not TDS size climbs by any means, but at 250ft asc and desc per mile over this sort of distance felt useful and I was moving at over 4mph, whereas at TDS I have expectations of being ~3mph
Decided on run as hadn't quite done the time on feet I'd have liked that I'd make the most of rest of time I had here as had to be back at desk today for 9am.
Headed back out after tea for a mile around YHA grounds as darkness fell to test new headtorch. I already had a reasonably bright one (led lenser H7R), but battery life not the best and had let me down a few times so I'd picked up a Silva Crosstrail which benefits from a few extra lumens and boasts better battery life (helped by an extra AAA battery over the H7R no doubt). Worked well, though not pitch black the lowest of 3 'big' LED power settings did me well for light. And the 2 'mini' LED setting was good for map reading.
Then up at 5.30 and had a crack at the 3m Losehill out and back from YHA without the burden of a pack. I could certainly feel I'd run for hours the day before, but ultimately no bad aching or stiffness, injuries, hotspots on feet and I could run the flat and downhills.
All in all a cracking 21hr escape and has done little to dent my confidence whilst giving me the confidence of more hills in the legs.