Last week-end was very interesting for me as I headed to my third race in Japan. My objective was to validate the distance covered over the past month in the mountains of Tanzawa. Unfortunately, the race was shorten from 42 to 26 kilometers because the rainy season started to hit a few days before.
Still the profile of the 26 kilometers was quite challenging. The idea was to go up and down two mountains in a row. As usual, I couldn’t cope with the fast pace at the beginning. However, I caught up a lot of people on my way to the finish line. I would have probably be even higher in the ranking with more kilometers to run.
In the end, I finished 25th overall (i.e. 7th within my category) in 01:59:35 for 26 kilometers and 730 meters of elevation gain. This was a strong performance knowing that the competition was huge with Salomon pro runners toeing the starting line.
Feel free to watch the following video should you want to see me pass the finish line.