CCC by UTMB
A 100km mountain race passing through Italy, Switzerland and France, with a field of around 2,000 runners. Temperature conditions were mid 20s and sunny.
15:15:58, 32nd female, 140th overall.
TRAINING VOLUME IN BUILD-UP:
12 week block from Comrades (my last road race, before switching back to trail). Averaging 75 miles with peak week of 90 miles. 3 trips out to Chamonix within this period to reccy and train on and around the course.
(Caroline Turner running in Chamonix. Photo: Gilly Photography)
TRAINING INTENSITY DISTRIBUTION:
I was fortunate to spend a lot of time on the trails out in Chamonix which allowed me to do a lot of race specific training. Long, steady days were key, interspersed with some speed work and hill reps when back home.
Full reccy of the course over two days and lots of long easy sessions in the mountains.
Go relatively easy on the first climb from Courmayeur, then pick the pace up from there.
1 Beta Fuel drink mix per aid station, 3 shot blocs per 30 mins, additional ‘real food’ at the three aid stations I could receive assistance (porridge, ginger cake, sweets, coffee and coke). Looking to average around 90g of carbs/hr.
1 litre of water, replenished at each aid station (back up option of streams and water taps on the course)
Salomon S Lab Ultra 3
KEY ITEMS OF KIT:
I was really pleased with my pacing, however I struggled to get food down in the second half. On reflection, I believe this was due to dehydration. I drank all the fluids I had, although I was coming into the aid stations gasping for coke which didn’t quench my thirst. Key lesson is that I should have taken on more water due to the temperatures, which I believe would have avoided my problems getting food down.