It’s getting close to #UTMB #TDS13 time…

IMG_20130820_213111It’s almost time for the TDS (Sur les Traces des Ducs de Savoie)… Emails are arriving thick and fast now from The North Face Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc, bringing updates and fuelling us with a slight nervousness. I’ve registered my Facebook and Twitter accounts with the Live Trail App, I have my bib number, #8533. What’s left to do..? This time next week, I will be amongst 1500 runners competing in the 120km TDS race from Courmayeur in Italy to Chominox in France. We will have been running for over 4 hours. The first cut off at 15km and Lac Combal Ravitaillement, will have passed, so I had better be well past there.

Reuben_Tabner_Lakeland50_2798I’m mostly ready. My kit remains mostly unchanged from the Lakeland 50 3 weeks ago. It’s laid out on the floor behind me, waiting to packed carefully into my race bag. There’s a small shopping list for fresh batteries for my head torch, and some minor bits of food. Boarding passes are printed, airport parking sorted, all that’s left to do is to study the race maps, the course profiles, and sleep… I need a lot of sleep… especially when you see the first 11km of this race…

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