I've had two weekends off the ultras to build up my strength for a serious biggie next weekend. I have run my local Parkrun 5k at Bramhall Park for a couple of weekends. Last weekend's effort was poor (22:21), so I resolved to run to work every day last week in the expectation that I would improve this weekend. I did; I squeezed out 21:50. It wasn't a PB but at least I broke through the 7mins/mile pace, just, and I felt fit and well after the cycle there and back. Consider it a mini duathlon.
The UTMB starts at 6:30pm next Friday, 28th August (5:30pm UK time). We are allowed 46 hours to complete it. I would hope to do it within 36 hours if my body doesn't fail me, in which case I would finish by 6:30am on Sunday. I understand you will be able to follow the thousands of participants live on the website. Please follow my progress and send me good vibes. I'll need them after the Western States debacle. I fly out on Monday to acclimatise (we exceed 2,500 metres altitude during the race).
My runner number is 3835.