“To actually expertise the mountains, to outlive the mountains. To get higher and progress. They’re all targets which are going to maintain me within the race it doesn’t matter what’s taking place. I hope, I really feel, that that is the yr,” he continues.
Walmsley uprooted his complete life within the service of his purpose, and for some time, it regarded just like the runner may pull it off in 2022. He led the pack by means of a lot of the yr’s UTMB, working robust by means of the night time because of a yr’s value of centered preparation.
However ultrarunning is a heartbreaking sport. A bonk crashed Walmsley onerous within the again third of the race, and the American in the end completed fourth in 21 hours, 12 minutes. Kilian Jornet took first place.
“A number of occasions greater than something, only a chuckle got here out. Like, that is the place I’m at. I’ve bought one pace, and it’s ahead,” Walmsley says in an interview after the race. “We’re transferring, and we’re going to get to Chamonix, however we’re going to get to Chamonix as soon as I cross the road, not any time earlier than that.”
Whereas the movie is, on the floor, an easy documentary about making an attempt to win the UTMB, the subtext is all about Walmsley’s relationship together with his spouse.
Jessica Brazeau is an completed path runner in her personal proper, and watching her stability her roles as associate and race crew is an interesting window right into a relationship. In the end it’s clear that Brazeau’s presence and balanced assist allowed Walmsley’s fourth-place end and prevented the DNF that lurked proper across the nook.
Take a look at “Walmsley Half 3” (above), and don’t overlook to atone for the earlier installments earlier than you do. You gained’t remorse it.