The Last Desert Blogs 2018
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29 November 2018 03:20 am (GMT-03:00) Brasilia
So stage 3 was rough, we had to do 9hrs up and down a snowy hill.
My ankle is better but I only got in 20 loops, conditions were very sunny.
Todays stage should have been started at 6 but was delayed due to winds,
We might start at 7 and face another 9 to 10 hours today, tomorrows weather will likely be very bad so this can be the last stage but for sure a tough one.
29 November 2018 02:48 am (GMT-03:00) Buenos Aires, Georgetown
After some back and forth we started stage 4 at 12pm today,
Planned was getting up at 4am (which we did…) to start at 6:30 for a long day.
Due to strong winds it was postponed to 12.
The weather was still not good when we started with winds and icy snow.
For 7hours we did a 2,4k loop in icy conditions which only got better for the last 2 hours,
It was pure grinding.
But in the end it was done tomorrow we only have a short photo stage and get our medals.
I worked 3 and a half year for this moment to join the 4D Club but right now it’s difficult to realize,
I’m writing this after a nice dinner on the ship in the ships library while a Rumanian runner plays guitar, 3 Belgians having a wine,
An US American making fun of his injuries with me and everyone is calm and happy, those are the best moments.
My ankle is pretty much crap but I made with a lot of taping and some painkillers.
27 November 2018 04:12 am (GMT-03:00) Buenos Aires, Georgetown
Thanks for the comments and messages!
Today was a rough day even though we only did a half one.
We started on an island full of penguins but had to do a 2km circuit.
I only did 8km which tells you enough about my ankle and the track conditions.
Since I was at the back of the field all today I felt the need to prove myself so
I did the polar plunge and went into the freezing water after the stage, as well as 3 other runners.
The landscape is amazing and the penguins fun to watch, however the stages are tough and
A bit annoying to run in loops.
As I cannot run anymore my goal is to at least get in 100k until the end of the race.
Tomorrow will be a 9 to 12 hour stage going to be rough but no blisters or other issues yet except.
27 November 2018 03:58 am (GMT-03:00) Buenos Aires, Georgetown
So we arrived in Antarctica and did the first stage.
It was a 14k loop with two 7k sections.
It was around 4 degrees all day so the snow got slushy and terrible to run on,
Everyone is drained.
I twisted my ankle (surprise like in the past 2 races) and was slowed down a lot.
Besides that no problems.
I saw a seal and 2 pinguins near the research station we have been passing on king George island.
From the ship we already saw fin whales and humpback whales.
Today 2 stage starts late and will be only 4-5hrs. I got around 32-35k in so far.
Stage 3 will be 12 hrs again and probably will be the critical point for me, however mood is good
And I’ve been much worse.
24 November 2018 08:23 am (GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi
We are now on the ship 1 day into drakes passage, sea is relatively calm but still some rolling.
Everyone is wearing scopolamin patches against seasickness.
I got a minor cold but seasickness is not an issue yet.
We have another day on sea then we should arrive and start the fist stage which will be the longest,
According to the plan depending on the weather until then its all water to the horizon.
22 November 2018 09:08 am (GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi
I arrived safely and with all my gear in Ushuaia, travel was really smooth.
Today I visited the national park Terra del Fuego, really great landscape!
Tomorrow the journey continues with crossing Drake' s passage, the roughest crossing in the world. Seasickness incoming...
I keep you posted from the ship.
19 November 2018 09:32 am (GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi
tomorrow the journey starts, today is all about packing and buying the rest of the snacks for the ship.
Tomorrow then 13hr flight from Frankfurt to Buenos Aires, changing airports and fly another 5 hours to get to the end of the world in Ushuaia.
On 23.11 the expedition ship leaves the Ushuaia and the first stage is scheduled for 26.11.
I will be blogging throughout the journey on the ship as well as after the stages, but new posts may be delayed as they are depending on the satellite connection.
Appreciate your comments or private messages!
13 September 2018 03:17 am (GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi
in this blog I will keep you updated about my journey to Antarctica.