I just finished reading 3 different accounts of important physical undertakings – events that the writers could hardly believe they were crazy enough to attempt, let alone finish.
The first was a 10 mile running race (16 km). The guy who finished it was very, very pleased to complete this in the middle of the group.
The second was the Etape du Tour – this year a 135 km / 3500 meter race near Annecy. The blogger in question had never done anything remotely like this event (sound familiar..?) before and was concerned that he wouldn’t finish before the broom wagon. He did, shattered by the effort, but ahead of the van nonetheless.
The third was the Cent Cols Challenge – a cycling event reserved for the most elite of us (or the most insane, take your pick). 10 days, 100 cols, that roughly works out to be a Marmotte a day for 10 days. This guy – one of the best non-pro climbers in France (at least according to Strava) – was also worried about finishing, even though he’d had two Haute Routes in his legs already. He finished, crushing it from what I can tell (1:17 up Ventoux qualifies as ‘crushing’, believe me).
Somewhere among these 3 is Haute Route and me (and you, too, maybe!). Unless you are Peter Pouly, and therefore a mere mortal, the Haute Route is probably going to be the toughest physical challenge you have ever attempted. You are worried about meeting the daily time cut-offs, or even finishing it at all.
I don’t have time this morning to figure out what I really want to say about all this, so I’ll stick with two points:
- Objectively, some challenges are more difficult than others, I suppose there’s no disputing that. And since that is true, it is also true that there is always some maniac out there doing something bigger, longer and tougher than you are. Be humble. It is important to live in reality.
- For me, the personal journey is much more interesting than elevation charts and combined kilometers (although that’s cool too!). It’s one reason I think everyone should have a blog – there’s always a story to tell.
So, aspiring blogger, spark up WordPress and start telling the world about your journey today – it’s only a year till Etape/Haute Route/Cent Cols 2014!