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TransRockies Run withdrawal

I love life. I have always been eager to discover new things, cultures, territories, and perhaps most importantly new playgrounds to quench my thirst for running in the mountains. This attitude has offered me countless moments of happiness, got me to meet and know many great individuals, some of them I will call friends for […]

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Change. Again.

Interestingly enough, I have already written about Change, I guess I was far from being done. This is a vast enough topic to come back to, as per all the artists who’ve written about it. So unlike my previous post, I’ve let the music aficionado side of me pick a few songs on the matter […]

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SAI KUNG 25

It all started with an email from Lauri, president of the International Skyrunning Federation, back in late November about a sky race in Hong Kong early December. Too short notice and other plans already set, I passed but the seed had been planted and my interest kept growing. I got in touch with Action Asia Events […]

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Things happen for a reason.

I was never a big fan of that saying. I like to make my own choices and be the only reason for how my life unfolds. Yet, like I was mentioning in my previous post about change, some things happen whether we plan it or not, whether we want it or not. Sticking to my […]

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Change.

An act or process through which something becomes different. Whatever that something is, change is triggered by a situation that could not longer last. It can be irreparable, like ageing, self-induced like having children (usually at least…), or undergone like getting fired or dumped. As much as I like a good routine to be more […]

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Life directions

“Only you can control your future.” Dr Seuss We (people like me) are rational people and we make decision that make sense. Sometimes it hurts, but we have to suck it up because people like us have only one gear in life, forward. I am questioning a whole lot of things lately and I must […]

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Get inspired, but don’t chase someone else’s dream.

“You can’t know where you’re going until you know where you’re coming from” Someone famous must have said something similar at some point, and if not, I’m sure Yoda has, so it counts. Therefore I wouldn’t be able to clearly seek happiness in a near future without looking back at how 2014 unfolded for me. So […]

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TNF EC50 – A bitter end of the 2015 season

December 8th I’m moving at a painfully slow pace down one of San Francisco must popular streets for tourists and weirdos alike. Haight street. I’m carrying over half my weight between a suitcase and a large backpack, and yet, it’s a mental burden that’s truly weighting me down. Yesterday for the first time in 22 […]

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Life is people

People. One of the simplest yet wisest things I was ever told from a professional standpoint was “Business is People”. This has happened to be a verifiable fact I experienced almost on a daily basis since. My most interesting and fruitful business encounters have come from informal chats and relationship in the least expected situations. I […]

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The Rut

When you have the chance to be part of the Skyrunning world Championship final which hosting race is put together by two world class athletes (Mike and Mike), you’re not allowed to miss the party. However, my preparation up leading to it was far from world class when it came down to my running. I had lost my motivation […]

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Mentally injured

In 22 years of running, this is the first time I have to face it. Physical injuries are more common in our sport and usually fairly easy to identify and get a remedy for. This one is a different kind. Whatever I do, I do it with my heart which is I believe how I […]

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Potted plants still have roots

I have been discussing life styles with a wise friend of mine and it only started scratching the surface of such a topic. We stuck to the nomadic aspect of it, and sure there was already a lot to cover. What fired up our thoughts was the awareness of being fortunate to have options to […]

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Zegama, es una fiesta !

Zegama is a legendary race that all skyrunner have heard of, if not dreamed about. This year, I had the chance to take part in this special gathering for the first time. Just like sex, hangovers, love, some things just need to be experienced to be understood and fully appreciated. It doesn’t matter how much […]

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Dear injury, f$%k you… err, thank you !

I’m half sat, half laid down on my couch, looking out the window. It’s a fine day out there, perfect weather for a long run in the mountains. Sadly I won’t run for another month. The pain has become so intense bending my leg, I gave up trying.  I stay on the couch and suck it up. Work, […]

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Don’t take running for granted, ever.

I ran today, and I was bitching about it. I went up a local mountain and faced over 30cm of fresh snow half way up… Not equipped for such conditions, I turned around and kept running down across and over trails that weren’t as covered in snow. I got lost, hurdle few dozen of tree […]

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I did it again…

I’m sitting in the train on my way back to Annecy. I have now tried any possible position and just can’t find the one to put my legs into to lower the throbbing pain that they are inflicting me.  Yes I did it again… I only raced 30 little Ks today and yet I feel […]

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Unleash our supertramp within

“3,2,1… yeahhhhhhh, happy new year buddy!!? What would make you happy for 2014?” Huh! Pretty damn hard to find an answer to such a deep question with loud beat on, boozed up people yelling all over the place while dancing with a too full stomach… So how about moving up such thoughts a few days […]

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Redefining goals

The TNF Endurance Challenge 50 miles in San Francisco has been much more than the last race of my 2013 season. To begin with, it was my first race as a New Balance athlete, and thus first fitness test after 5 weeks of specific training with my new coach to have a preview of what […]

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A humbled warrior

“The cold had seized up entirely the shaking muscles on my skinny bones, water was dripping from my hair as a light rain was steadily poring on us. My numb feet were stepping in a puddle of mud trying to get the blood back flowing. We were all standing in line, packed against each other, […]

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It’s fall time!

Beyond their personal acknowledgement and continuous explanations on how fascinated by nature and mountains they are, the Ultra runners may just be more deeply connected to mother earth than they think they are. A phenomenon recently observed within this one of a kind population, their body mutates and like flora follow seasons. For the fall […]

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