Gobi March Blogs 2019
View All Posts 2019 From : Lisa Bourgogne
03 August 2019 05:31 pm (GMT+08:00) Kuala Lumpur, Singapore
I did it. I actually completed 250kms across Mongolia by foot.
Woke up the morning of Stage 5 (Friday) with minimal ability to move or lift the bottom half of my right leg with the pain like a blade having been stabbed upwards along my shin bone and an inflamed left knee (blisters being irrelevant for me at this point)... not the ideal combo for moving forward. But I placed myself with my 2 other fellow criplees at the back of the pack and slowly but surely through rivers, rocky fields, gorgeous meadows (with deer flies having a party biting us away due to our lightning speed), and endless beautiful valleys we encouraged each other to push through grunting and yelping away - the downhills testing our pain threshold to the max ... it must have been quite an amusing site to watch us from a distance - but we jokingly pretended to race one another and finally after a long day on our feet we heard the drums and made it to the cut off with 30mins to spare to the sound of our fellow competitors and volunteers cheering us on from afar at the last river crossing of the day into camp. Such a whirlwind of emotion getting there after enduring 40kms of pain. No one can prepare you for that. But with the banter and company, you can still finish smiling! Needless to say, my priority was not checking the cyber tent that evening but sitting down.
Stage 6 today - woke up earlier to a freezing cold morning to enable us (the slower bunch) to set off before the rest so we would all make it around the same time to the final final finish line - the last real push of determination ... popped some drugs to just get me through the last 10kms and needed help to put my right shoe on. I’ve never been so happy to see the finish line while entering into this gorgeous ancient city, my first tears shed that it was completed and I didn’t let myself give up along the more difficult moments of this journey.
I have dedicated so much of my time and focus towards that finish line and it was more than worth it ... it truly is such an inexplicable feeling to accomplish the Gobi March and be surrounded by the support of incredible people who also constantly challenge themselves, new friends and with beer & pizza at the end.
Now for a much needed shower, a good banquet dinner this evening to celebrate our success and finally a good night’s sleep and some much needed time to recover my body and poor legs.