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October 09, 2009

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If you told me you were going to do Le Défi a year ago, I would have thought hell had frozen over.

I'd recommend reading Francisco's Inline Planet article on preparing for an ultra, if you haven't already seen it:
http://www.inlineplanet.com/2007-08/ultra.html

I also found reading the Défi skater reports helpful, given the elements that are unique to Défi:
http://www.defimontreal.com/indexe.htm?reports.htm

My last piece of advice is to stick with someone who skates the speed you're comfortable going at for 128 km - who knows the route.

Go for it, Candy, and have fun!
Jay

P.S. Next year, you'll have to join us on the Niagara Circle tour...

Jay, thanks for the advices! This will be my third time this season to just go for an ultra distance skate without advanced preparation. Experience from P'tit Train Du Nord and NYC100k are useful indicators. Fitness and comfort were not issues in both cases. And I figured out how much and how often to eat and drink.

The best part is I have every reason not to go fast. :) Working at such low intensity means leg are not even going to be sore the next day. Woohoo!

Two differences that you should plan for:
- It'll be colder so you'll need to wear more clothes and eat more to keep warm
- It's hard to get lost following a loop (NYC) or a point to point (P'tit Train). Navigating Defi is challenging, to say the least.

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