WOW What a weekend! 23, 24 and 25 June. Friday evening Richard competed in the 'KM Vertical' approximatly 2 km in distance for 1 km of 'up', in 49 mins! not bad at all considering the winner took 36 mins.
There is definitly 'for' and 'against' running (I won't use the word 'competing' to describe my efforts) a race on terrain that you are familiar with; the for is that you know whats ahead, the against is that you KNOW whats ahead!!
|start line photo with Annick|
|Finish line photo by Papy Tatoo. Don't give up your day job dad!|
The 'fun' stopped here for the Team Etellin but not for the 1824 brave souls that signed up for the Mont Blanc Marathon (42km, 2511m+, 1490m-) on Sunday 25th. Endulging in the luxury of a tempory in-house baby-sitter a.k.a Papy Tatoo, Richard and myself went to watch the start of the marathon at 7am and to encourage amongst others Karl, Norma and Thierry, who all 3 sucsessfully completed the race.
|it's a finishers medal only!|
|Papy Bob -mad but happy!|
The last two weekends have been competition free but today Richard is doing an MB Race event, 100 km on a mountain bike in the mountains. If that doesn't sound crazy enough some mad fools are doing the 140 km event. I've only got one thing to say to them - 'Sadle Sore'!
HOT OFF THE PRESS/SADLE: Richi has just called to say he's stopping his race at 70km due to tiredness!
He's not getting any younger either! mind you he did do 50km of biking on friday and swam 100m (an incredible feat for such a landlover as he) on saturday morning. I'm glad he knows his limits and when to stop. Rémi and Tino have not yet aquired this skill and tend to go until they are tired, bloody, tearfull and snotty (comes hand in hand with crying for some reason).