WATCH: Canada’s Anne Bouchard races 120 km within the Andes

Quebec ultrarunner Anne Bouchard, 49, has a string of accomplishments on her resume, together with wins on the Sinister 7 100-miler, the 2021 Bromont Extremely 100-miler and the North Face Endurance Problem 50-miler. In 2021, she set the quickest identified time (FKT) on the GRA1 (the Quebec portion of the Appalachian Path)–a 650-km route with 24,000 ft (7,315 m) of elevation acquire–in 11 days, 8 hours, 21 minutes and 41 seconds. She manages to rack up these accomplishments whereas elevating two youngsters and dealing a 50-hour-a-week company job.

In a brand new movie from her sponsor, The North Face, it’s simple to see how she is ready to accomplish this; Bouchard is the image of stoicism, dedication and focus. Earlier this 12 months, in collaboration with the outside model Altitude Sports activities, TNF documented her journey to El Paso Austral, a brand-new 120K mountain race straddling Chile and Argentina, in a brief movie. The movie offers viewers an perception into what goes into making ready for a demanding and aggressive ultra-trail race, and in addition into the psyche of 1 very centered, very decided path runner.

Sometimes, as on this case, Bouchard seems to be for exhausting races she will be able to mix together with her worldwide enterprise journey. She needed to go to Santiago for a enterprise assembly, and as soon as her work was full, she traveled to Bariloche, Argentina, within the nation’s Patagonia area, for the race.

On the race briefing, issues should not fairly as she expects–there are up to date GPX recordsdata obtainable for the shorter distances, however not for the 120-km distance that she is racing. So she should improvise. Initially, she is indignant. However the next day, she realizes it solely provides to the journey, and she or he turns into excited for the race. It’s a terrific instance of the myriad challenges one could face, even earlier than a race begins–and of a professional runner adjusting their mindset to reframe challenges into alternatives.

Anne Bouchard
Picture: The North Face

We see Bouchard making ready her meals and her drop luggage, engaged on tight muscular tissues with a lacrosse ball after which resting together with her “legs up the wall,” whereas visualizing the course, within the hours earlier than the race begins. Then it’s go-time. 

We see the starters, with Bouchard positioned in entrance, her headlamp on the prepared and The North Face’s Summit Vectiv Professional on her ft. It’s 9 p.m., so the primary main portion of the race is run in darkness. (That is often finished to permit slower runners to complete in daylight.) There’s fascinating surroundings to be loved on this race, however Bouchard gained’t see any of it till daybreak, when she could have lined a very good portion of the race and quite a lot of elevation acquire and loss. She takes off at a blistering tempo.

Anne Bouchard
Picture: The North Face

The crew just isn’t in a position to prepare to observe Bouchard on the course; this isn’t UTMB, the place followers swarm superstar runners and videographers on e-bikes doc each second. They wait anxiously on the end line for her to seem.

After the race, strolling stiffly, Bouchard spends time reflecting on the expertise, and on her expertise of ultrarunning, evaluating the totally different compartments of her life to her physique’s organs. “My youngsters are my coronary heart,” she says, “and my operating adventures are my lungs.”

So how did she do within the race? You’ll have to look at the movie to seek out out.

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