Pre Race (Atacama Crossing)

Hello All,

We have arrived at camp one which is 3200metres in altitude. The land is pretty much filled with dirt, dust, lama’s and lycra. We spent the day checking in all our gear with the race organisers. It meant 150 competitors lined up for a medical check, calorie count and mandatory gear check. I gave my long sleeve night top to the hotel last night to have my nationality patches ironed on. It was 11pm when i went to the reception to discover that they burnt a huge hole in it. It meant i had a rather eventful day buying a new top and frantically sewing my patches onto them. I now have a combination of duct tape and random stitches holding them in place.

My pack weighed in at 7kg which i was pretty happy with. When i include my 1.5litres of water tomorrow morning it should be no more than 8.5kgs (less weight than what i occasionally trained with). The lightest pack was that of an Irish women who had only 5.6kgs- amazing. She was the winner of the Gobi Race. Some people’s packs came in over 14kg- ewwwk.

I am just about to head off to have my freeze dried meal of mediterranean vegetable pasta (800 calories). We are heading off for 35kms at 8am tomorrow. The first part of the day is marked as difficult and i noticed that there is no section marked at easy. Daniel is getting into the zone and already tucking into his first of two meals.

Well write again tomorrow after the 35kms.

Will be taking it really easy/conservative tomorrow. No point in blowing out in the first day.

Our tent has eight people from Chile, Denmark, 3 Aussies, USA and South African.

Love to all
Samantha

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