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finish(ed) (c) Jordi Saragossa

Salzburg – Geneve – Chamonix

5:00 wake up – coffee – corssant at the backery – Salzburg airport – fast check in – departure – Frankfurt airport – coffee and newspaper – connection to Geneve – shaking flight (is the pilot a trainee???) – baggage claim – WHERE is my bag? – luggage still in Germany – damn! – shuttle to Chamonix – stunning Mt. Blanc – nice chalet – hello Tom Owens πŸ™‚ – little run with borrowed clothes from Tom – Pizza-time for dinner – waiting for the bag (should arrive at 20:00) – midnight and still no luggage – good night

Chamonix trails

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Hard not to train too much with this surrounding!

good-morning run (still with Toms clothes) – feel heel hurting – still nothing to change – calling the airport – huge breakfast buffet (thx to our two cookers :-)) – arrival of Salomon team members – bon jour family! – got new shoes (psst, it’s a really cool one!) – finally bag delivery (24h later) –  running and scrambling at Index – enjoying Chamonix views – whished to be on top of Mt. Blanc – seeing the physio – inflamation of the heel – very much disbalanced – dinner time – talking/discussing/laughing – Jordi makes a video – getting late

 

 

 

race preparation

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Why do the cookies don’t fit? (c) DrozPhoto

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Tom, the Pizza-Man πŸ™‚

Big breakfast – preparing the kit – short intense run (1:30h, 850m+) – much pain in the heel – stretching – discussing route – lunch (mhmm) – rest – computer work – Chamonix – press conference – hello Lauri & Marino from Skyrunning – meet Ian Corless – bib number collecting – pictures – runners presentation – back home – final kit – difficult to choose the right shoes – taping the foot – prepare bags for aid station – support planning – dinner – try to sleep – impossible

THE DAY

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Fantastic course (c) www.timotheenalet.com

alarm at 2:30 – still tired – how to run? – small breakfast – stomach closed – puhhh – go to Chamonix – loud music – switch headlamp on – raise of excitement – small warm-up – where is the toilet? – line-up for a pie – just 5min to go – register – get a tracking GPS – where to store? – 1min – media crazyness – go – fast start for am ultra – legs feel bad – hard breathing – stop? – NO – small path – start to overtake – run in leading group – see headlamp of Luis Hernando far away – just follow – awesome sunrise over Mt. Blanc – no cloud – whished to take picture – Monte Brevent – 1st dwonhill – crash of Norwegan guy – slow down a bit – not pushing – run my OWN race – legs feel better – start overtaking – very long uphill (1300m+) – Overstim’s fruit bar – 4th on the highest point – podium possible? – bad course marking – get lost – skiing down in the snow – fun – rolling path – short via ferrata parts – Juhuuu πŸ™‚ – running with Clemente – Vallocine – half way – spectators show us wrong way – get lost again – food station – just two Cokes – sugar bomb – too much – get bonged – have to walk on the flat – Clemente runs away – want to sit down – haaaard climb – heel feels like fire – PAIN – switch on iPod – silly German pop music – just keep going – obligatory material check – slightly downhill – heel hurts more – thanks Salomon supporters – final climb – no running anymore – suffering – hiking with poles – walking – overtaking Mike Wolf – “why are we doing that?” – Mer de Glace – just 12km – tough – watch: already 5.900m+ – Puhhh – Plan d’Aguille – Greg waits – 5th place – motivation – endless zick-zack – hearing speakers of the finish – fata morgana? – last km through Chamonix – excitement – Bravo! – cheering – finish arch – Juhuuu πŸ™‚ sit dwon – water – fall asleep in the grass – ice cream – back home – shower – see headlamps from runners in the last climb – hot bath – bed – dead
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day after

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painful stretching (c)DrozPhoto

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Damn heel! (c) DrozPhoto

cramps during the night – cold shower – getting hungry – chocolate – try to sleep again – stand up at 6:00 – go walking – legs feel sore – OUCH – big breakfast – pre-race-talk with Frosty, Emelie, Francois – massage – uploading race move – Sauna – cake(s) – stretching – big lunch – ahhh, I love the day after a long race πŸ˜‰ – Chamonix – ice cream – award ceremony – sooo many people cheering – awesome – interview – walk back home to chalet – feet hurt – light rain – thx Anna for your bike – biking 1h – ahh, so good πŸ™‚ – watching the pics of last day – dinner time – can’t sleep – too many emotions – pre-race talk with Frosty – try to sleep  – pssst, my roommate runs the Marathon tomorrow

recovery

try to sleep as long as possible – healty food – massage – walking around – stretching – Sauna sessions – small run in Le Bois – mental relaxing – midnight wirlpool – bikeride through the valley – support the others for the Marathon – laughing – social media – having fun – tasting Francois wine – looking Damiens photo”art”

product developement

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Digital discussions (c) DrozPhoto

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planning the test loop (c) DrozPhoto

Salomon staff from Annecy – product designers – R&D manager – new ideas – prototypes (sorry, no pictures πŸ˜‰ – product feedback – discussion groups – new shoes – test loops with different models – mountain mobility – Alp X-series – lighter? – how to store the poles – cutting – new materials/fabrics – athletes wishes – consumers needs – focus groups – girls topics – EXO – obligatory equipment – warm conditions

 

 

Thanks a lot of the awesome week, great support – proud to be part of the Salomon running family πŸ™‚

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Just breathtaking! (c) DrozPhoto