Trailhead: Jim Walmsley Running on SkisUltraSignup
Euro-style SkiMo, Semi-Rad Runner’s High, and DrunkSignup.
Happy Tuesday, trail friends. Lots to cover this week, so let’s get straight to it. In our featured piece, Doug Mayer visits Jim Walmsley and his wife Jess Brazeau in Chamonix, France, to discuss Jim’s winter training on skis in his quest to win UTMB. And Brendan Leonard at Semi-Rad imagines a linear relationship between distance and the runner’s high.
In his four attempts thus far, Jim Walmsley has yet to crack the code that would allow him to win the venerable UTMB ultramarathon around Europe’s highest peak.
In an effort to remedy this and to become the first American man to be victorious under the arch in Chamonix, he moved to France to train. This winter, the Arizona-raised Walmsley went full-Euro and immersed himself in the annual ebb and flow of the French mountain-athlete scene… and that meant winter ski mountaineering, or “skimo.”
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