Since Norbert Teucher was organizing, for the 10th (and last) time, a 24-hour race for Quentin, his autistic son, I felt compelled to go there to honour diasbled people. My desire to run was doubled when I learned that my 161km 24-hour record had been beaten by Nathalie Cuny, by 5 km. The weather was more favorable than last year, there were more participants, and a good atmosphere. I was under no pressure, though still tired from a difficult 100km race just three weeks before : there will be other 24h races.
From the start I set up a steady rhythm in the legs that I wanted to maintain as long as possible. I felt confident. During those 24 hours, I would stop every 20 minutes to drink, and I took 3 15-minute breaks to eat a little. This 661m circuit was never ending, and half of the circuit consisted of a small stony path. The heat was overwhelming, and during the last three hours all I could do was walk quickly. But I manged to complete 169 km, with all the emotion you can imagine on arrival.