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Montreux

Only two sleeps before the Ultratour du Leman now and I have arrived in Switzerland and getting myself in the right mindset to get it done. I took the train up from Lyon this morning to Geneva, waited a half hour, and then took the train on to Montreux. There was...

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Happy Birthday to Me

Another lap around the sun completed - my 38th such victory loop - and I'm celebrating my birthday! It's not going to be the most exciting of days. I will be in at work as always and then, on the way home, I'll collect Jamie and he'll join Cécile and I for dinner at a...

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175K in the Rain?

Less than a handful of days left before I toe the line at the Ultratour du Leman and the weather looks to be turning against me. Though things might change between now and the weekend, it is looking like the 175K loop of the Lac Leman is going to be completed under...

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Checklist

The Ultratour du Leman is now only a couple of days away and I am starting to get myself into gear for the day. What makes things a little more complicated in this case as compared to, say, the Saint Fons 12 Hour or the Ultra Boucle de la Sarra is that I am traveling...

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Tea Time Taper

I'm hopeful that by this time next week I will be celebrating my first 100 mile ultramarathon finish. But that's next weekend. Today I set out to knock over one of the last taper runs before the Ultratour du Leman with a mid-afternoon loop down to Confluence and then...

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Thunderstorm Taper

Another taper run, this one just one week out from the 'big dance' in Switzerland. As I type this is is closing in on noon on Saturday and, this time next week, I am hoping to be closing in on the 50K point in the Ultratour du Leman. It's getting - as I have said a...

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Tete D’Or Taper

The final of the taper runs for the working week this morning. Another five kilometers with a focus on a steady rhythm, a nice cadence, Zone 2 heartrate, and avoiding injury. Once again, I achieved what I set out to do and was back, happy, and in the shower feeling...

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Terreaux Taper

Another early morning taper run this morning and, again, nothing hurts, I'm not injured, and I'm turning the legs over well. All this bodes well for the taper period and, hopefully, for the run in Switzerland now just 9 days away. I started up this morning heading...

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Taper Tour des Places

Another day closer to the Ultratour du Leman and another taper run this morning. I'm knocking these over without any issues right now and happy that I am keeping the tempo up (sub-4:40 splits the last few runs) and avoiding injury. That's exactly what I should be...

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Taper Tempo

Another day, another taper run, and now just 11 days out from the Ultratour du Leman. The goal of the taper runs are to keep my legs turning over and to keep the tempo up. I'm stressing my body a little but not overly so, and in 20 or 30 minutes I am done. So it was...

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The Taper Ticket

It's a rite of passage every year before the Run in Lyon: the medical certificate. Here in France where personal responsibility is eschewed in favour of involving the state in every possible decision, demanding that tens of thousands of people visit a doctor and...

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T-T-T-T-Taper

The second day of tapering for the Ultratour du Leman and I planned out a basic five kilometer route back home from Jamie's Mum's apartment that I could run after I had dropped him off this evening. We took our time walking over there and, after sorting him out and a...

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Taper Loop

After yesterday's epic morning on the stairs heading up to Fourviere I woke up with sore legs this morning and not much of a motivation to run hard. No matter, though, as I am just two weeks out from the Ultratour du Leman and the hard running is now all behind me....

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Vertical Kilometer

A little over four years ago I set out to see if I could take on the small hills of the Lyon city center and string together enough elevation to ride the equivalent of 1000 meters up in the air - a vertical kilometer, so to speak. It took me about two hours and I...

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Dancing in the Storm

After what seems like weeks of very hot weather the heavens finally opened early this morning and it rained. The high temperature today is expected to be about 22°C, a big drop from the 35°C or 36°C of yesterday. And I couldn't be happier - love summer, but it's gone...

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New Shoes, New Magazine

A mid-week rest day after another 35°C afternoon here in Lyon. By all accounts the temperature is meant to go down tomorrow so I'll be looking forward to the cooler temperatures and the easier running - and who needs to stress ahead of what will be a very stressful...

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Testing the dwMap App

Another short run in this lead up to the Ultratour du Leman and, indeed, it was an email from the Race Director that prompted tonight's route. The RD sent through the racebook this morning along with all the details for the course. He also included a GPX file of the...

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Win Fake Prizes

I was up at 5:30am, cycled into work before 7:30am, worked through lunch with meetings, and then got home again by bike just before 7:00pm. Yep: it was a long day in the office for me. Still, I wanted to get in a short run to start the week and after the success of...

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