Right about now I am headed for Grenoble on one of the trains that is still – thankfully – running in France in the wake of the strikes here. Why people feel they should annoy me just to get their point across I don’t know. Yeah, yeah, French workers rights etc etc…but man, it does bite when every wants to travel and the train drivers and pilots all take four days a week off…

Anyway, I’m on my way down to Grenoble ahead of the 24H de l’Isere tomorrow morning. I’ll stay in Grenoble overnight and then catch an early train to the nearby town of Tullins where I’ll be spending the weekend running in circles and seeing if I can top my 24H timed ultra record of 111.5km. Assuming that I don’t get injured, I should manage this without a problem as it was set at the Ultra Boucle de la Sarra with all of those stairs to go up and ski slopes to run down. I am hoping to manage at least 150K for the weekend – again, assuming that my leg holds up – and hopefully emerge on the other side uninjured, walking relatively well, and ready to jump back to Lyon for Cécile and the Paris-Roubaix on Sunday, and then work again on Monday.

I won’t be doing anything too exciting tonight save for laying out the clothes for the morning, getting something to eat, and then heading to bed to get some sleep before the race day the next morning. Things get underway at 10am and I will be arriving about 8am to get registered, hear the briefing, and set myself up for the day of running. The weather is expected to be fine so I am hoping I might even get a little sunshine on my face during the day, though it does mean I’ll have to keep an eye on my water intake.

And I PROMISE I will start slower than at Saint Fons last weekend – there’s no point running the first six hours of a 24 hour race hard, and then suffering for the last 3/4 of the event. Be smart, slow down, enjoy it – that’s my mantra for Isere.

Now to see how it goes…

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