Summary: French Alps Training Camp

We didn’t have a race goal this year coming into the French Alps.  Last year, we built up for Ultra Trail Monte Rosa Stage Race the whole summer.  Coming from several months training Muay Thai in Vietnam  which was short intensity training more focused on power and speed specifically for Muay Thai, the goal back …
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Les Houches

Les Houches is a quaint little town about five miles from the center of Chamonix.  It is our home base for 2 summers now in the French Alps.  This year, we arrived just when summer was just starting and will leave as summer is winding down in Chamonix valley.  The ambiance in Les Houches is …
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Chavanne Vieille

Today we hiked up to Chavanne Vieille, a really old shack sitting right by a gully on the edge of remnants of Glacier Taconnaz. One thing I’ve observed in our hikes is a lot of these shacks exist historically as a shelter for climbers or most likely trekkers or skiers when caught in bad weather. …
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Getting Ready for Ladakh

This week is going to be about preparing our body for 11,800 ft (3,575 m) arrival.  We fly from Geneva, Switzerland to Delhi, India connecting to a flight to Leh, India.  Once we arrive to Leh Airport or Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport, we will see signs posted about altitude sickness.  The airport is at 10,744 …
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Last Week in the French Alps

Time flies…so very quickly!  It’s already our last week here in the French Alps and it’s been an incredible summer.  We explored new trails and was able to train in a gym.  Everytime we come back, there’s always something new happening and something new to explore.  UTMB week really pumped us up and got us …
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Race in India

There are a myriad of trail running races in the world!  Last year, we raced the Morocco Race and UTMR (Ultra Trail Monte Rosa) which I have yet to write race reports about those incredible races.  Soon!  We’ve also signed up for a couple of races in 2016 and 2017 but for logistical reasons, we …
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Rest and Recovery

The days are getting shorter and the yesterday, temperature dropped significantly enough to turn the heater on.   We walked down to the center yesterday afternoon to cheer on the UTMB racers and chatted with a couple visiting from the US.  They just arrived and will be trekking around Mont Blanc starting today. The atmosphere …
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UTMB Week in Chamonix

The first race of 5 major races on UTMB week started yesterday.  We had our packed lunch yesterday at the Chamonix Centre and the place is just filled with so much energy! For the first time, we worked out at the gym for 2 hours.  It wasn’t hard to get 2 hours in starting with …
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Recovered

It took 2 days after our overnight camping trip up to Tête Rousse to recover some muscle damage on the legs specially the calves.  It reminded me of our first time running down South Kaibab in the Grand Canyon and then climbing back up to Bright Angel, the next day I can hardly walk due to …
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