Before The Race – The Road to Gobi
One of the things I come to expect 4Deserts™ Gobi Marchcompeting in running races is to expect the unexpected. However, unlike other races I have done thus far, 4Deserts™ Gobi March was everything I expected, read about, and more. Unfortunately, no amount of training and simulation can fully prepare you to run in such weather extremes as the Gobi Desert until you experience it for yourself. How can one train to run in 50+C (120F) heat (without using expensive equipment)?!? Continue reading “Race #3: The Gobi Inferno”
Before The Race – Getting Ready All Over Again
The 4 Deserts Sahara Race (Namibia) will be the first major trial of our 8 Deserts Challenge – World Record Attempt. Why? The quick 2 weeks turnaround. Both Eric and I have no idea how our body would react. We have never ran two long distance races so close together before (never mind two self-supported ultramarathons), so our recovery ability will be put to the test. I mean, I have only been running for less than 2 years!
Continue reading “Race #2 – Battle in Namibia”
Before The Race – The Calm Before The Storm (Literally)
We arrived at Ouarzazate a few days before the start of the race so we won’t be too stressed from international travel. Having never done an ultramarathon before, never mind a multi-stage one, we had to be cautious. We stayed at the Hotel Ouarzazate Le Riad, where we met fellow MDS competitors from all over the world and Canada as well as it turns out. Ouarzazate is the closest city to the Sahara Desert, just 6hrs drive away from the western frontier of the Sahara. It is a beautiful city, but we weren’t in a tourist mindset for obvious reasons. After spending a few days acclimatizing, we finally departed for our bivouac in the morning of April 8th. When we arrived, we were greeted by the view of the giant sand dune that we have to conquer for the first stage of the race in 2 days time. It was very intimidating for anyone who hasn’t seen anything like it! Patrick Bauer (MDS founder and race director) is playing games with our heads. As the race unfolds, we found out that this was just the beginning of his mind games.
Continue reading “Race #1 – The Fabled Marathon Des Sables”