Positivity/Gear List

Hello,

So there is less than four weeks until the race begins and I nearly forgot all of the time and effort that is needed to organise ones gear and equipment. I became quite obsessive with my gear in the final month leading up to Atacama. I think I found a new love for ziplock bags & embraced the challenge of being able to make freezedried food as small as possible. This time round I am all about tweaking what didn’t work last time. I have been working with the CW-X team in New York to coordinate the best combination of their clothing to assist me during the stages and during the recovery at night- thanks to Bruce Monroe for all of your help.

I have made a few changes to my nutrition and training over the past couple of months. This includes incorporating Pilates and yoga into my cross training. This has helped me settle a few niggles I had in my knees/ankles after foolishly doing a 50k trail race, only a few weeks after completing the Atacama. A month ago I also started taking products from the Juice Plus + range. I have certainly notice a boost in my energy levels even though I have been training longer and harder. I have decided I will take these products during the race as well.

I thought I would dedicate this blog to listing out my gear for Gobi (with my next blog about nutrition).

Mandatory Gear
– OMM Adventure Light 20L backpack (RTP store): Really happy with this backpack, it fits my small frame really well & the shoulder padding is great.
– OMM Waist Pouch 3L (RTP store): I am still up in the air about whether I will need this but it will depend on whether I can fit everything into my 20L pack.
– Mountain Hardwear Phantom 32 Sleeping bag for Women (RTP store): Use it in Atacama and it worked well.
– Desert Sand Gaiters (Sand Baggers online store): The raidlight gaiters I bought for Atacama were terrible and broke apart in the second day. I have heard great reviews of these intense looking gaiters and think they are a great option to keeping out sand and debris.
RaidLight Bretelle Bottle and holder set (RTP store): Best drinking system hands down. I will also bring a bladder as the new requirement for water capcity has increased. Really hope I don’t have to use it as it would be a pain to have to pull off the backpack to refuel at each checkpoint.
– Princeton headlamp (REI) and Petzel e+LITE headlamp (RTP store): tick, tick
– Bister Kit & hydropel (RTP store):  it is a little expensive but it saves time having to collect all of the items yourself. I struggled to find the benzoin swabs.
– Space Brand Emergency Blanket (RTP store): $8 bivy and very compact
– Silva compass (previously on RTP store): it is super super small which is great b/c i never used it in Atacama.
– 4Deserts Swiss Card (RTP store): small & practical
– Raidlight Foldable Trail Poles (RTP store): I was undecided about the benefit of trekking poles unless you planned to walk the whole race. However I was lucky enough to share a tent with Erica Terblanche (female winner of Sahara & 2nd placed female in Atacama) & she raved about their benefit during the sand and up the hills. Hopefully they will also provide some reprieve to the knees.

Clothing
CW-X women’s short sleeve LiteFit Zip for racing
CW-X women’s long sleeve LiteFit Zip for nightime
CW-X race shorts: yet to decide which style I will wear
CW-X tights for recovery: yet to decide which style I will wear
CW-X support bras: obviously a very important item for women
CW-X hat
OR padded jacket
3 pairs of Injinji socks: love them!
Brooks cascadia trail shoes

Charity
Lastly I want to thank everyone who has already supported me through donating to the Royal Children’s Cystic Fibrosis Research Trust. You can continue to do so through this link
http://www.rccfrt.org/how_to_donate.php

Not long now and starting to get excited.

Cheers
S

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