Category Archives: The Last Desert: Antarctica

Stage 4 (Antarctica) Deep snow, lil legs

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Well the race of all races is over and I am a little dazed & unsure where to start. That being said I will attempt to summarise the magic of today and how I am feeling now that I have completed the Grandslam. Quick note there is the potential that I maybe gushy, emotional and a little dramatic in this blog – I am feeling the combination of a runners high on rocky sea legs.

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Stage 3 (Antarctica) ‘help from a friend’

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I am writing this blog from a very exhausted yet exhilarated state. I definitely cannot guarantee there will be a coherent line of thought expressed. I have just completed a 11 hour stage where I managed to complete 75kms. The greatest mileage covered was by the amazing Ryan Sandes who pumped out 100kms. Followed by Paolo (Italy) who completed 82.50. The least amount covered today was45kms.

You may have read from my last blog that we were meant to go out in the afternoon for a second attempt to run some kms.

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Stage 2 (Antarctica)

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We are quickly realising that you need to expect the unexpected in this race and to be too locked into a plan/schedule is going to be a detriment. After I wrote my blog last night I had dinner and then went downstairs to sew my ripped gaiters. My shoes were pretty wet so I did a sneaky convoy mission and sweet talked one of the boat staff to put my shoes in the engine room to dry.

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Stage 1 (Antarctica)

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Oh my goodness WHAT A DAY!!! It is 9:47pm and we are waiting to eat dinner before a much needed recovery rest. For those who didn’t receive the breaking updates our start time was considerably pushed back due to strong winds which made it unsafe to take the zodiacs to shore. We didn’t receive this update at 3:40am when Ricky and I were fully dressed, pumped up and about to eat breakfast.

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Boarding the boat

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Hello All,

We are 22hours into our journey through the Drakes Passage and onto Antarctica = woooohooo. I had a moment of realisation as I boarded the boat yesterday afternoon and thought to myself I am incredibly lucky to be able to embark on this challenge at the age of 26.

We took off at 6pm last night and spent the first couple of hours getting settled into our cabins. I have been paired up with Ricky Paugh (good friend throughout this whole Grandslam experience) and we have been placed on the lower level of the boat.

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The race begins when you leave the front door!

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RacingThePlanet offers four diverse and spectacular races in different pockets of the globe. It is one of the greatest appeals of doing this series in that you are able to race in remote and hard to access locations. However, one ever-present challenge in racing around the world is the difficulties that can arise with transit. In the first race of this series, the Atacama Crossing, there was the devastating earthquake that shook Chile and consequently affected air travel.
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Final training week

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There is less than 1 week before I fly out to Argentina to hopefully complete the final race in the RacingthePlanet’s Four Desert Series. It has been one month since I returned from Egypt where I was amazingly uninjured and satisfied with a consistent performance.  Everything seemed to come together in Egypt despite having the accumulative strain of racing in three 250km desert races in the past seven months. I was incredibly happy with my nutrition, which was certainly on the minimal side in comparison to previous races.

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