“To actually expertise the mountains, to outlive the mountains. To get higher and progress. They’re all objectives which might be 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 entire life within the service of his aim, and for some time, it appeared just like the runner may pull it off in 2022. He led the pack via a lot of the yr’s UTMB, operating sturdy via the night time due to a yr’s price of targeted preparation.
However ultrarunning is a heartbreaking sport. A bonk crashed Walmsley arduous 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 snort got here out. Like, that is the place I’m at. I’ve acquired one velocity, 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 trying to win the UTMB, the subtext is all about Walmsley’s relationship together with his spouse.
Jessica Brazeau is an achieved path runner in her personal proper, and watching her steadiness her roles as companion and race crew is a captivating 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 neglect to compensate for the earlier installments earlier than you do. You received’t remorse it.