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Hello ! Here for the third year in the Diagonale des Fous! And what a diagonal ! Strong emotions …
1 . The Asphalt is annoying … and dangerous!
Three weeks ago,in UROC , a 100km in the United States with 50km of asphalt and ” semi- roads ” I hurt my TFL ( tensor fascia latta ) the lack of habit of running on hard surfaces and flat ( I had run maximum 20km in asphalte this summer ) caused me inflammation which lasted during training until now. I told myself to try, that maybe the pain will “disappeared ” but (error) injuries do not just disappear .
2 . the race
Bravo François d’Haene! he makes a great race , too happy for him ! It gonna be his wine? 😉
We left on a easy start with long runnable 40km and from the beginning I felt the pain, which worsened from the 14 km . In uphills in small steps, I did not hurt. But when I wanted to make bigger steeps or in the descent it was impossible. I was a little disappointed because I felt in great shape and in good condition, but each race is a world we must learn to re- adapt . It is therefore Cilaos I decided not to compete but to make the race.
3 . Reunion is exceptional!
And going slowly I could really enjoy everything about the race, the beautiful scenery ( mafate , Maido , the sea .. ) of the buffee and aidstations ( without the stress of the struggle for the victory I could eat cari-poulet, rougail-saucisse and pâtés créole ) Enjoy also sharing with lots of spectators that day and night were everywhere (yes all around ) to encourage all the runners. Run with lots of people, François , Pascal Didier , Quentin , David, Emelie… And of course the wonderful massages that have kept me going , five in total. Thank you Antonella , Thibaut and Urko .
4 . to quit or not…..
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Great, thanks for sharing. Could it be his inflammation is more linked to his inflammation-causing diet rather than running on roads?
Considering it is Kilian’s first injury and he only ran road just two weeks ago and by comparison he’s been on his ‘diet’ for 25-years, what do you think the answer may be?
Is UROC really 50km of pavement?
Hi Andy, no, not 50k. I think Kilian was making a point! The course had 18/19% road.
To run injury-free is just about impossible; maybe Killian is starting to show the first signs of being human (i.e. aging).