15-21 AUGUST 2021
Finished the Long March yesterday, actually early this morning. That was super tough.
We started with a really high climb to an ancient fortress on the top of a pass, that was around 9000 feet. The altitude is hard, but the terrain was really extreme.
After that there were lots of different terrains, including a couple of tunnels with water that we had to go through, and a couple of villages.
The people here are really friendly and all the kids want to stop and take selfies with us. The landscape here is just amazing.
Only one more day to go, and a short one at that.
I am really so glad I made it through that long march.
Thank you all so much for all your comments and encouragement! It really helped me get though the last few days! I love you all!
Today was really tough. Still haven’t adjusted to the altitude. We got up around 9000 feet today. Lots of rocks. Thank you all for all your encouragement! It really is awesome to read all your comments. I’m sorry these are so brief, but I’m really exhausted. Tomorrow is the long march, 48 miles. Not going to be fast, just right foot, left foot all the way. Love all of you!
Didn’t get a chance to blog yesterday. It was 29 miles of mud and 8 river crossings. Very exhausting.
Today was better. I think I am getting more used to the altitude, but the hills are brutal. Anyway, finished Stage 3 with only a few blisters from having wet shoes all day yesterday. Had some really beautiful scenery today. Everyone has been super supportive and great. Thinking of everyone back home, and doing one foot in front of the other to the end. Love you guys!
That was really tough. So glad I did as much hill training as I did. Doing those hills at this altitude was so hard. But I managed to get in before the cut-off.
There were some amazing views here, absolutely gorgeous country. We saw mountains and fields, small villages and herds of cows, turkeys and sheep.
Everyone is super nice. So time to do some recovery and do it again tomorrow.
Flew in to Georgia yesterday, and today we did a little sight seeing and a lot of packing. I have never tried anything like this before and I'm starting to get really nervous. Thankfully, my long suffering husband has made the journey with me to Tbilisi and has been amazingly supportive of this venture. He will get to be at the finish line to see me come in. Yay!
We repackaged all the food for the week and went through my checklist twice to make sure everything was accounted for. Still not sure the optimal way to pack it all. I'm sure we'll be going through that checklist at least 3 more times tomorrow. I see most of the other participants have done several of these multi-stage ultras, ironman competitions and other totally amazing things. I hope I can learn from all of them so I can survive this race. I also hope it will be cooler in the mountains. This 97 degree heat is oppressive. Anyway, tomorrow I get on the bus to Camp 1 and the adventure will begin! I will find out just how much I can push myself, and that will be an incredible experience.