2 weeks until the big run in Italy! (so nice!). I've been watching your countdown and am excited for you two! When do you leave? How long are you there for?
We get there next Monday and the race starts on Friday at 11 p.m. If I finish, it will be close to the 30-hr cut-off on Sunday morning at 5 a.m. We're staying a few extra days to consume some "recovery" pasta and gelato in Tuscany and Venice. :)
THE best country to do recovery eating in!
You WILL finish! Remember the stuff you shared earlier about positive planning?
Bummer about the late start, I guess it caters to the winners finishing at a good time for lots of spectators? Finishing during the mid-afternoon lunch time in some town?
Then the rest of the normal runners end up running through two nights.... ugh. Oh well, first world problems :)
The winning male should arrive before noon on Saturday. The winning woman should arrive around 13:00. So they finish at a great time for spectators, who can stick around to cheer all afternoon if they want.
The median finish time is 22.5 hrs (21:30) so half the finishers get in before dark on Saturday after running through Friday night. The early kilometres of the course are below treeline so most runners will get to see the most spectacular alpine scenery in daylight.
Final cut-off is 30 hrs. Like UTMB, one third of runners DNF. I just read a good race report by Timothy Olson, who DNFed last year at 77K.
I know some runners find it helpful to push any thought of a DNF from their minds. For a 5K, it would be silly for me to think about a DNF. For a 119 km race in the mountains, I respect the challenge and find it helpful to be analytical, objective and realistic. The possibility of failure doesn't weigh me down; I visualize and work toward a finish but I also benefit from the analysis.
I like events that are on the edge of my abilities, where finishing is not guaranteed. A DNF shows where my boundaries were on a particular day. If I never DNF, I'm not choosing the right events. UTMB was a phenomenal experience even though I didn't finish either time. There are things you can only learn and experience when you push beyond things you know you can do for sure. (If I were a fast runner, I probably wouldn't find this as appealing!)
With 7 time cut-offs at Lavaredo, there is no opportunity for me to go through a bad period and recover. I will have to stay "on" for 30 hours. Before entering the lottery, I did a detailed analysis of the distance and elevation gain for each time cut-off, comparing them to similar sections in the Eiger Ultra Trail and the first 123 km of UTMB in 2014. If I can do what I did then, I should make it through the cut-offs but there isn't any slack. So if I finish, I plan to celebrate for a few days - and I love Italian food so that will be fun!
Ah, the pressure of the "no space for a weak section" series of time cut-offs!
Fingers crossed for some great celebration!
Thanks! We are working on our Italian. "Vorrei la pizza, per favore."
...e una grande copa di gelato...