Trieste - Monaco
The day before the start, I arrived in Trieste with my wife Emma and my son Jack. On this very hot and sunny day, we did some practical arrangements and shot some early material for the documentary as well.
You can only
cherish a moment
All three of us went swimming in the Mediterranean Sea, and I realized you can only cherish a moment so much. To see this as my last “relaxed” day would not help me through the 30-day FKT attempt. Instead, I knew I needed to try and enjoy everything along way, while still moving forward.
As Day 1 began, I was feeling a bit anxious. My FKT attempts had begun in 2016, when Joren and I had the crazy idea to go for the speed record on the Pacific Crest Trail. We were just a two-man team on their own little adventure back then.
Now, five years later, it wasn’t just us, but a crew of four additional people and two cameramen. There were also my parents, travelling alongside us in a camper van to take care of Jack. And while everyone around me would all accept it if things were to go wrong, I did feel a lot more pressure this time.
We were aiming to run about 100 km on the first day – partly to get a solid kickstart and partly because this stretch had less elevation change than what was to come. Still, the first day and week are crucial in a record attempt such as this. If you get through it without injury, you can find a nice flow for the rest of the attempt. If you do get injured, it can all be over – or become a very long struggle.