Saintelyon DNF

Saintelyon DNF

So for the first time since I started running ultras in 2015 I recorded a Did Not Finish, or DNF. The 2017 Saintelyon was the last race in a season built around a September objective (the Ultratour du Leman) and it was perhaps the only event I went into under-excepted...
It’s Gonna Be Cold…

It’s Gonna Be Cold…

All things going to plan, about this time tomorrow I should be finishing (or already finished) the Saintelyon. It’s going to be cold and it is going to be snowy, and while neither of those things is something that I can say I enjoy, at least it won’t be...
9:08 to sub-11:00?

9:08 to sub-11:00?

Last year I finished the 72 kilometers of the Saintelyon in 9:08. This year I am shooting for a sub-11 hour finish. And that probably requires some explaining… I’m coming into this final ultra of the year with a completely different attitude to last year....
Japan and Refugees

Japan and Refugees

Japan is a country with a high population but not a high refugee population. How many refugees does Japan accept each year? Answer: not a lot. A week ago the United Nations refugee agency urged Japan to accept more refugees after it became clear the country had only...
Slobodan Praljak

Slobodan Praljak

Slobodan Praljak killed himself today and all I can think is…well, good riddance to a terrible human being. Background from the ICTY: Praljak was informed of the fact that members of the armed forces were removing and placing in detention the Muslim population...