Our athlete Brendan Davies looks ahead to the forthcoming inov-8 athlete’s retreat in the Alps and the Mont Blanc Marathon
2013 has been an outstanding year for me so far. Winning the TNF 100km ultra in my own back yard in Australia was brilliant, on the back of my fifth place finish in the 100-mile Ultra Trail Mt Fuji.
Now I’m ready to hit Europe for inov-8’s first-ever athlete’s retreat in the Alps and to race in the Mont Blanc Marathon.
The experience of being around my fellow inov-8 team-mates is one I’ve been looking forward to all year.
It will be an opportunity to soak up years and years of collective trail running experience in one of the most beautiful places in the world.
The nine-day retreat will also give us the chance to test exciting new inov-8 shoes, clothing and packs, and provide valuable feedback. This can only have a positive affect on the performances of inov-8 wearers around the world.
I can’t wait to get to Chamonix (France) and immerse myself in the camp, test the product and train in such stunning mountainous surroundings.
Although I’ve raced on three previous occasions in Europe, this will be my first time in the Alps.
Sunday’s Mont Blanc Marathon – which includes 2,511m of vertical gain and 1,490m of elevation loss – will be my first true mountain trail event.
It is an iconic race and I’m looking forward to doing battle against the crème de la crème of global trail running. It is going to be something truly special.
Although not my preferred terrain nor distance, I’ll be giving the race absolutely everything.
Friday’s lung-busting Vertical KM race starts in Chamonix and involves running as fast as possible to a measured 1,000m height gain over a course that is around 3.5km in distance.
I’m more akin to running longer distances, so this short, steep seriously fast race will push me to the limit. I can’t wait!