Robs Blog: Trail du Mont Blanc Day 2

I slept very poorly with the pain in my legs and back and spent a large part of the night worrying about tomorrow’s run. Getting up just after 7 I was still very stiff and sore. I just hoped that it would work itself out over the first hour or so. Otherwise it was going to be a very long day.
We had 3 mountains to cross before dropping into Cormayeur for the night. We expected somewhere around 33k and 7-8 hours. After a quick coffee we were on the trail before 8am. I was moving really slowly and in quite a lot of pain. I spent the next hour questioning my ability to get around the next four days. At one stage the climb was so steep that we were clocking off 19 minute kilometres. I told Ais I was “Climbing like a boss” she was suitably amused.
After a while though I was moving better and the pain had reduced. All the way up the first climb I improved but Ais was still in a lot of pain.
Over the top of the first climb and onto a twisting rolling rocky single track and I decided to push on a bit and see if the legs really were feeling better. I was delighted that they were and pushed on more.
It’s my favourite part of trail running, fast twisting rolling singletrack descents. Picking lines and flying over fallen logs and rocks. I made sure to tell Ais I was “descending like a boss” again she was very impressed…
At about 2 1/2 hours we stopped to eat for the first time and after cake and coffee pushed on. We were well ahead of time and looking like we would finish early.
Ais continued to be in a lot of pain but in typical fashion didn’t complain just kept chugging along.
The trails today were very different to yesterday. Bigger mountains, wilder and much more remote. I was aware that if something goes wrong out here you’re a really long way from civilisation and could be in very big trouble. But the big plus is that we got to see places that are only accessible by foot that very few people will ever get to see.
The last 10k down to Cormayeur was some of the most difficult of the day. Very, very steep in places but then it would change to a fast twisting technical single track where I was able to let the brakes off and enjoy the rush.
We finished in just under 6 hours with a total of about 33k.

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If you want to follow the numbers more closely I’m on Strava as Rob Cummins Wheelworx or if you’re more of a pictures instead of reading type I post on Instagram as wheelworxrob.

 

Chasing Kona book available

From smoker to back of the pack triathlete to the Ironman World Championships.

Read about how I overcame all of the odds and discovered what it would take to get to the Ironman World Championships – my eBook is now available to buy as an eBook on Amazon UK, Amazon US, Barnes & Noble, and iTunes

It is also available as a paperback at Wheelworx.

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