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Pre Race (Atacama Crossing)

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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.…

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Experiencing an earthquake

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Hello friends, family and fellow competitors,

The young Aussie contingent of Daniel, Matt Meckenstock and myself are all in Santiago and experienced one of the largest Earthquakes recorded. It appears that our family and friends in Australia and other competitors all over the world have a greater idea of what is happening in Chile than we do. We have been without power since the earthquake and Daniel and I are currently sitting in the foyer of a gym using their WIFI at the cost of 2 cookie and cream cornetto’s (great pre race nutrition).…

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Bring it on!

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So if my last seemed to focus on injuries this post is about being uber positive.  I watched a documentary on a UK footballer taking up the challenge to train for the Atacama Crossing in 2004 with 8 weeks notice. He was in a team of seasoned ultra marathoners and he completed most of his training on a treadmill.  It was daunting yet exciting to watch this long distance novice go through each stage of the race.…

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The bitter blow of injury

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The last month has been incredibly difficult as I injured my left foot/ankle on a training run. All was going smoothly as I set out for a 35km run with my 9kg backpack when all of a sudden I had an acute pain on my left foot. I took two more steps only to come crashing to the ground in pain with two lovely Italian men running over the road to help me.…

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3 weeks till I head to Chile

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3 weeks till i head overseas, which means only 3 more weeks of training in Australia.

Whilst Atacama competitors in the northern hemisphere have been confronted with freezing temperatures and I can imagine training outside would be difficult, the weather in Melbourne has had its own challenges over the past week.

I started my clerkship in the city yesterday and decided I would go for a 10k trot with my backpack to a train station closer to my house.…

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3 days before Christmas

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Third blog, just a little over 10 weeks till the race and feeling somewhat undercooked. What an end to a very busy year, exams are over and I am in the final days of my law summer clerkship at Baker and McKenzie, the mince tarts are a plenty and the rum balls keep calling my name.

Before I get into race preparation and equipment debrief I thought I would write about something else I have acquired through entering this race.…

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CWIC Training

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Training last week

It appears that i am in a constant battle between trying to clock up more kms, keeping on top of my studies and getting a head start of the logistical aspects of this race. It seems that last week my studies went down and my kms went up. I managed to run a little over 70kms, which included a 30km run on the bay with very windy conditions.…

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The Beginning

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Thought i would shoot off a quick blog before heading out for a training run with a fellow Atacama 2010 competitor- Daniel. Deposit for rego has been paid, research into equipment has begun and training is underway. Essentially this means there is no turning back. Pretty excited for what i imagine will be an epic adventure.

Over the next two months i will be doing the Sydney half marathon & the Melbourne Marathon.…

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