How it all started…
At the really beginning, I never run more than 10km and stopped completely running in year 2000. At that time, my knees were hurting so much when running in the streets that I could barely walk on the next day.
In 2006 I was really missing the contact with nature, its strength and beauty. I initially moved to mountain biking. For 5 years I enjoyed the trails in the mountains on a mountain bike. From trails covered with snow, to high altitude trails, night races and all season riding.
I climbed several 3000m (9842ft) summits and 4000m cols with my bike. I completed long trips across the French Alps (+/-10,000m each on pure trails) and in Nepal. I took part and finished twice the Transvesubienne Xtrem Cross-Country (80km, +3500m/-4500m).
In 2012 I decided to take a break from cycling but could not get away from the mountains. Remembering the troubles I had with running I started with vertical racing and fast hiking. Going up the hill was not hurting. After only 4 days training, I took part of the Kilometere Vertical of Saint-Martin Vésubie, that is +1150m in less than 5km.
Results were quite ok, the feeling was great. It was worth working this out and getting more of trail running.
That is how, November 2012, going down from the Piton des Neiges in La Reunion, probably not clear in my mind ;-), trusting my instincts to go down the trail, I got attracted by the idea of long distance running in extraordinary landscape for several days.
China offers great conditions, a large variety of landscapes that are not commonly run, providing the challenge, the nature and the adventure I was looking for.
That is how it all started. I still had to check that I could take the necessary training…