After two wins at TDS, Audrey Tanguy didn’t finish last year’s UTMB. In the following interview, Audrey talks about what went wrong at last year’s UTMB, how she’s had a good season to date, why her focus was on coming into UTMB fresh, and what her goals are for this year’s race.
Audrey Tanguy Pre-2022 UTMB Interview Transcript
iRunFar: Bryon Powell of iRunFar here, with Audrey Tanguy before the 2022 UTMB. How are you?
Audrey Tanguy: I’m fine, thank you. Yeah.
iRunFar: You’re back here in Chamonix again, are you excited about another, this is your fourth time in a UTMB event?
Tanguy: Yeah, very excited. Really excited to write another story. Yeah. The last one was not that good so I want to try another one.
iRunFar: You have won TDS [145k] two times, last year didn’t go … you’ve had success at these races but last year, it wasn’t your day. What happened?
Tanguy: I think I wasn’t recovered from the Western States 100. It was a really, really hard race for me. And because of the heat too, yeah, didn’t realize I couldn’t do two 100 milers in a row, especially if the first one was a little bit difficult for me. Now I know it, so I try to learn from that experience. And yeah, to do things in another way this year.
iRunFar: And what sort of was the symptom, what happened during the race, what went wrong?
Tanguy: Everything was wrong. My legs were totally broken, I drank so much water and it normally doesn’t happen to me at all. I was, yeah, really tired. I had a stomach ache. Everything was really bad. And I think my mind was not ready for that too. I pushed really, really hard during the Western States, and two months was too early.
iRunFar: Yeah, and you definitely changed your season this year.
iRunFar: You had a really good start with good races at Trail Du Ventoux [46k] and … What else was there?
Tanguy: At the European Trail Championships. It was a team experience and that’s good because you share with all the people and I love it. That’s my favorite thing in the sport. Yeah, it was really good and shorter distances, I did MIUT [Madeira Island Ultra-Trail] too.
iRunFar: MIUT as well, yes.
Tanguy: It was really good.
iRunFar: Running second to Courtney [Dauwalter]’s not a bad day.
Tanguy: It was really good, that was the best I could do. And I shared a little bit of time with her in the beginning of the race and that was so cool, I loved it. Yeah, it was a perfect start of the season. Yeah, I said no to Western States this year to concentrate more on UTMB so I hope that it will work. But you never know. So we’ll see.
iRunFar: Do you feel fresher in your mind and body?
Tanguy: Yeah, I feel good, everything’s good. So let’s see.
iRunFar: Ready to attack?
Tanguy: Yeah, sure.
iRunFar: This is, I mean you’ve run TDS, which is also very long, how do you balance attacking versus knowing you will be out there for a full day?
Tanguy: The first goal is just to finish the race. I want to do the loop and that’s the main goal. And attack … It will come maybe if I can at the end of the race. Compared to the TDS, for me, it’s totally different because that race, it’s so important to me. I tried to let her, at her place, just a race like all the races but it’s not I have to say. This is too important and I want to, yeah, to let it go if I can, if people are better than me and I want to just concentrate on me during the race, I will try to.
iRunFar: For you, what do you hope for? What would be a good outcome, personally?
Tanguy: I want to be good during the race. I don’t want to have pain too early. I want to enjoy the time, I want to share with maybe other runners or maybe with the people who come, my family, my friends, many people will come. I hope so, if I’m still in the race. Not like last year. Yeah, and to do everything I can with everything I have, on that day.
iRunFar: But you think you can enjoy parts?
Tanguy: Yeah. I did the loop with Jim [Walmsley] and Thibaut [Garrivier], and I have to say, I was in front of them because I started two hours before. And not at the same point, 15 kilometers before.
iRunFar: And two hours.
Tanguy: Just to be sure. So I loved it, and sensations were really good. So I have this in my mind. Yeah, I want to enjoy, yeah that’s the goal.
iRunFar: During the race do you think you will think about how much you enjoyed the loop before?
Tanguy: Yeah, for sure. And I will concentrate on that at the starting line because I know that moment will be really hard for me. It’s always really hard. Especially with this music, awful. It’s really hard, it’s a really hard moment for me. So I will concentrate on that. I know that I can be comfortable for the beginning at least. I don’t know how much of the race I can …
iRunFar: Maybe listen to some music at the start line?
Tanguy: I will, that’s a plan, that’s a plan.
iRunFar: It is hard to manage and you have done it three times before but all the music, all of the emotion. Even on the side, the sideline, it’s intense.
Tanguy: I know. I watched it on TV years before, I was crying in front of the TV.
iRunFar: At the start.
Tanguy: I know this is really hard for everyone. I don’t know why they continue to put this music on.
iRunFar: Maybe we can cut some cables.
Tanguy: You can try, maybe. That would be great, thank you.
iRunFar: No problem. Well, I hope you have a good start to your race and a good finish.
Tanguy: Thank you, thank you very much.
iRunFar: Thank you.