So I’ve got a place in the UTMB OCC. Apparently this is a good thing and I should consider myself lucky.
What follows is all the random thoughts I’ve had since I became aware of the UTMB a year or so ago (yes I’m that inexperienced and naive)
When I first read a little about the races I immediately felt uncomfortable about the whole concept. I’m not sure why. I can’t identify a single point. It just didn’t feel like the kind of event I’d want to be involved with. Mass participation, snobbery? Full of urban socialites looking for bragging rights?
All these thoughts were based on no evidence, what so ever.
Then I was convinced to give Race to the King a go. Another event that didn’t appeal to me. I was used to being thrown a cup of tea at the finish and that’s about it. All these bells n whistle kind of events seemed pointless.
But I paid the RTTK fee and did it. I could see where the money went as it was a very well supported race and I did love having a toilet on route! Pretty sure people are sick of me revealing all when nature calls during my usual events 😉. I mellowed a bit on these kinds of events.
Anyway, after the race I noticed it had UTMB points – 4. I mentioned this on Twitter and after a while I was convinced to set up an account ready for the UTMB ballot. At this point I was still very uneasy about it all but I thought I ought enter as it seems to be the thing to do (sheep following the herd mentallity)
Then I noticed that my next Race, Lakes in a Day also had points -4.
So I now had 8 points and an opportunity to go for a few of the UTMB races. Still feeling unsure about it all, I opted for OCC. The baby race.
Christmas comes and I start entering other races fully expecting not be successful in the ballot. Then on results day…. yep, I was successful!
My first thought….f#*@!
This does not fit with my plans! I’m not that bothered about it. All that money to get over there and accommodation etc. Just think of all the running shoes I could buy instead!
A bit of self reflection and I realise I’m being a bit of a d**k. So I’m changing my mind set. This is an iconic race for so many and I ought respect that. As such, I’m going to embrace the race and training and give it the respect any race deserves. Plus I can turn this into a great holiday with my minion 😊. There are lots of positives and I’m going to embrace them all.
I’m now grateful for the ballot result, I’m sorry for my previous stupid thoughts and I look forward to a new experience.
But if anyone stabs me with a pole on this event….. I’m taking you down 😉😁😙