...DNF @ UTMB2017 😪🤔🤕
A week is gone by and with a little bit of distance from the race and a visit at the pulmonologist, it was a good decision to withdraw from the race; although I should have done it earlier on.... the first 31 km to Les Contamines were easy going and trouble free. After the aid station, my body was shaking cause of the cold and I needed a 1/4 of an hour to get back to "normal"... but then there was simply no power (actually air) left and things went south...
However the wet and cold weather and a bit of snow when crossing the Col du Bonhomme was actually fun!(?)! ...down to the Lac Combal I was helping a fellow runner who crashed on the downhill badly and had some head and hand injuries (please, get out of the straps of your poles on the downhill!!!)... eventually I made it to Courmayeur; actually not much slower than in 2016. But up to Bertone I was simply empty, no energy left; at the Refuge Bonatti I made a break for about an hour to warm up and get some tee / hot chocolate in and hoped that my wheezing and stertorous breathing would get better... in the end I climbed the Col de Ferret with Volker and somehow made it to Champex-Lac... there, Silke convinced me that it would make sense to call it a day. So glad she did that! In hindsight I should have stopped in Courmayeur; but occasionally it takes a brain some 90km to accept that this is not the day.🤔
Now I know why there was no power (actually air) left: diagnosis at the time being: spastic obstructive bronchitis and a lungs capacity of less than 50% (than normal)!
That sucks! ..but at least I know now why and this means some break and recovery for me...
...and then find some new adventures(and finish undone business anyway)😜
BTW: at the Like Te Wind party on sunday, there was a nice little poster saying:
Do not fear
As you will return
Do not forget
All accomplished and
A Life transformed
Did not fail
...soLong and Cheers!
BTW2: Kate: thanks for the awesome drawing!