Project Horizon // Mike Aigroz

Project Horizon // Mike Aigroz

We are excited and pleased to welcome Mike Aigroz as a Project Horizon athlete. Mike is a free runner from Switzerland. The former triathlete has now discovered trail running and regularly outruns his competitors. Whether it's day or night, he loves the challenge and breathtaking routes in the great outdoors.

In this article, Mike tells us about his adventure at L'Ultra-Trail® du Barlatay, a trail running event over spectacular mountain landscapes.

 

 

I just love to run! This is the answer to the question that is so often asked: why do you do it?

All my life I have climbed hills and mountains, tackled long straights and steep trails, often failing, sometimes falling, but never losing my passion for running. I have grown with the rhythm of energies with the simple attitude of running ultra trail to have fun.

The routes are all different: you have to adapt to the environment, respect it, that's what makes trail running so appealing. Each run has its own story, its own route (which often changes along the way), its own time (with a preference for the lights at sunset) and, of course, the privileged moments when I can observe the wildlife that I like so much.

And what about the competition? Yes, that's right. I can tell you about my victory in the L'Ultra-Trail® du Barlatay 103km/6600m D+! A course with a profile meant to break you! Start at 10pm -- ideal for testing your mental strength and resistance to fatigue.

I have divided the race into two different sections: Night/Day.

The first 56 km, I ran only with the visibility of my Petzl lamp, unsure of the markers (time/distance) as I always run without a watch, and with a strong desire to sleep. Luckily, at km 28 and 48, I have my friend, Lars, as an experienced refueller and mental coach to refuel and distract me. The sunrise and the team of volunteers at Pic Chaussy free me from the night just in time to start the second part of the race. This one is much more pleasant and at last I have that very good feeling that you can only have on long distances. I get my beer after a little less than 15 hours of effort! A miracle! THANK YOU l'Etivaz.

Next adventure: La Diagonale Des Fous, Reunion Island. Departure on 24 October. At 10 pm. That can't be a coincidence :-)

 

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