Wednesday, September 23, 2015
UTMF Trip 2015 Day 1
The day started with a midnight flight. Quite a few of us were on this flight. Terence, Terry, Samuga, Pauline, Archer, and David Chung. Others like Alan and Alex Ang were already in Tokyo.
I managed to get some sleep on flight and woke up to a beautiful view of the plane gliding above the cotton wool clouds and the sun rising from the far horizon.
They split those of us who have arrived into 2 buses.
The bus dropped us at our own accommodation which we had selected. The time was near sunset when I arrived at Nagahama Ryokan.
I hope the blog was useful. :p
The elevation profile of the UTMF and the STY was on the lower right corner.
We had to pack the gears and get them ready for the mandatory gear check tomorrow. I was not too elaborate with the packing now. At the gear check tomorrow, we will have to empty everything out for the volunteers to check. After returning to the ryokan tomorrow, I will do a more thorough packing of the race gears.
The weather was warm while we were in Tokyo. It was rather cooling instead in Kawaguchiko. I have noted that the top of the mountains were shroud in fog. Mount Fuji seems to be playing hide and seek with us behind the thick clouds.
During the past 2 times I was here, weather had been (very) kind to us. That was during the April / May period. This year they shifted the race to September in order to get through those environmental issues. The environmentalists are quite strong in Japan. Things seem to be tricky this time. It has been forecasted to rain during the race. With the fog added in, that would certainly change the way of the game.
Perhaps, after 4 years of fair weather, the mountains have decided to show us a different side of them this time.