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Test Run Merrell Trail Glove 2

I finally got the chance to test my new Merrell Trail Glove 2. My Trail Glove 1 were getting old, the Vibram sole looked like an old tire, and they were also getting too tight as my feet have grown a bit in length and width over the last 3 years or so.



My excuse to switch from my Xeroshoes Connect 4 mm Huaraches was a forest trail with a lot of sharp pebbles of all sizes, extremely hard to land painlesssly on them.

But with the Trail Gloves, you can feel them all, but no pain whatsoever, no need to slow down to absorb.

This, plus the lacing system and the extra size (44 for my 43 feet), make these shoes the best running shoes for everything, road, trail, mountains, cyties, etc.

The only problem that Merrell needs to address quickly is the total lack of adherence on wet slick surfaces (pavement, rocks, tree logs). In those situations, the shoes can even become dangerous.

Merrell, please, there must be another sole material that is less slippery on wet surfaces. This will make your shoe…

The Tarahumara Spirit Team at The Eiger Ultra Trail 2014

Three is a team. One Hungarian, one South African, one French. We missed the Catalan.

Plenty of emotions. Quite hot but magical.

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Sierre-Zinal as training for the Eiger Ultra

Last sunday, we went to run Sierre-Zinal as a training for the 51 k version of the Eiger Ultra Trail in 2 weeks.

We were the 3 Tarahumara Spirit members, Kristof, Renier and myself.

Super nice weather, nice hike, always brutal both uphill and downhill.
We also tested some new re-fueling options based on peanuts, dried dates, dried apricots and dried figs or a mixture from the Coop called Studenttenfutter !!!
Result was a mild metabolic crisis for the 3 of us but at different times and various symptoms (nausea, weak legs, etc). To be tested more scientifically.

31 k, 2100 m ascend, 5h20 moving time, 6h40 total.
No muscle soreness the next days. Just hungry...

That is the Tarahumara Spirit.









My 1st Trail training in Huaraches

Last Sunday, I tried mountain trail in sandals and it works...with poles though to help while descending.
11 km and 675 m ascend and descend.

My Xeroshoes Amuri Cloud are amazing.






Trail du Salève 2014

Dimanche 11 May 2014.

35 km, 1900 m ascend, 2200 m descend.
200 participants, 175 finishers.
The 1st one did it in 3h11. I finished 172nd after 6h45 of "running".




Again, no pain, just pleasure! And super fresh at finish. I even sprinted one last guy before the finish line. Poor guy was totally cooked.

Very lucky with the weather, it rained the night and days before, and we had a storm after, but no rain during it.
Just very slippery in some places.

A very good training for the Eiger Ultra and the Samaria Ultra Kayathlon.

And a Bière du Salève as prize. Nice!



My Inov-8 Trailroc 235. Probably the best trail shoes around these days with the Merrell Ascend Gloves.





Note the cheering crowd!!!





La Grange Gaby: Un point central pour de nombreux trails dans le Salève.