On Feb 24th, 2017, Paul and I will embark on the final leg of our journey, putting a stamp on our own mark by completing the 8th desert race in 10months to be in sole possession of the Guinness Book of World Records for The Most Desert Races Ran in One Year. The last race, Ice Ultra, will take place near Gallivare, Sweden (in the province of Lapland), 100km north of the Arctic Circle.
After Trans-Pecos Ultra, getting to the host town of Muscat for our next race was top priority. With the Oman Desert Marathon being only 5 days away and our World Record Breaking Race, nothing could be left to chance! We began our journey by flying from El Paso to Phoenix; then from Phoenix to New York; then from New York to Baku; then from Baku to Dubai; and finally from Dubai to Muscat. Again, cheap flights played a major role in our 50+hr flying odyssey. Come to think of it, we even lost a day of rest due to the time difference! (I guess this happens when you fly across 13 time zones)
Racing with a partner can be tricky business in any race, never mind doing it in something as tough as multi-stage racing. You have to worry more than just yourself; You have got your partner to think about! The point is both of you want to enjoy the race while maximizing the chances of succeeding together! With that in mind, here are the 5 Do’s and Don’ts: Continue reading “5 Do’s and 5 Don’ts For Racing With A Partner”
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”
As glamorous as this adventure/World Record chase sounds to all of you, dealing with the logistics of international travel and competing in a sport as demanding as self-supported desert racing is an absolute nightmare. Imagine training/planning for your race to participate in your next major city marathon or your next Ironman. Now add the complexities of finding food that you can keep down (customized for my palate) in 40C heat for a week and replace/repair racing gear(s) that was damaged or lost during the last race in a foreign country in which you may or may not (most likely the latter) speak their language.