January 20, 2012

Holy Merde. Ultra Trail Mont Blanc - I'm In!


photo UTMB website

Its official. After stumbling upon the application deadline for Ultra Trail Mont Blanc (UTMB) just two weeks ago, I submitted my application with only hours to spare. What the hell, I thought, it’s a lottery and I probably wont get in anyway. Like a traveler passing through Vegas and looking to get rid of loose change, I dumped all my coins in the UTMB slot machine and pulled the handle. Oh, my. Jackpot!

What I didn’t do before I submitted my application to UTMB was learn about UTMB. There was no time. No time to read the race description. No time to learn about the elevation gain and loss. No time to understand the type of course it is. No time to run and hide like a little boy on his first day of school.

No big deal. Now I have seven months to read up on UTMB. Well, I’ve started reading. And reading. And reading. Now I think I’m reading a Steven King novel. Every page seems to unfold with a subtle nuance that leads to someone getting bludgeoned. No heroes, only victims - strewn across a landscape of misery and self doubt. I’m not sure if I’m going to wet my pants or the bed.

But like any good novel, you never know what is going to happen...

8 comments:

steady pursuit said...

This brought a smile to my face. I am sure there will be some redeeming qualities found as you go on. In the very least it looks beautiful from the photo.

Rachel said...

ahhhhhhh so excited for you!! just remember, the things that scare the shit out of us usually are the most rewarding : )

Anonymous said...

read , read , read ????? How 'bout run run run ? P.S. Can I come ? b

EricG said...

Awesome Will!!!! So excited for you and for all of us to hear about it. Peace E

Will said...

Steady P - we always pick something up from the trail. this one won't disappoint.
Rachel - I said number one, not number two in pants or bed.
Bino - when are you going to come out of hiding?
Eric - lets get together for a run in central park soon. I'll be in NY.

Anonymous said...

hiding ? i'm so ready to help , i'm gonna eat my hand !!!! LET'S ROLL!!!!!!!!!!

Mike said...

Well Will, this is our "blue Riband" event in Europe!!! Be very ready for the experience of a lifetime and enjoy Chamonix and the Alps!!!!

erodda said...

That you signed up knowing little about UTMB is very intriguing. I will eagerly follow your adventure.