How To Get A 14.3lbs (6.5kg) Pack For Your Next Stage Race

This sounds easy right? Anybody can do it! Stuff 8lbs (3.7kg) of foods, 6lbs (2.8kg) of gear and off we go to the races. Technically, that’s correct, but nothing could be further from the truth. Once you start packing, you will realize that everything starts to add up and before you know it, you’ll be left with a 30lbs (14kg) backpack. Carrying that extra weight running in any multi-stage race will have you regretting it on the first day.

If you follow my four basic principles to packing for a multistage race, you’ll be well on your way to becoming a Multi-Stage Race Veteran! Continue reading “How To Get A 14.3lbs (6.5kg) Pack For Your Next Stage Race”

The Road to Gobi

Having conquered the Sahara and Namib Desert in the span of 4 weeks, Paul and I travelled to Brisbane and Sunshine Coast Australia to seek refuge, recuperate from our ordeal, lick our wounds and upgrade our gear to better prepare for our next race in the infamous Gobi Desert.

The Gobi Desert presents itself some interesting challenges. Based on previous year’s race reports from fellow competitors, I expect drastic climate changes (0-40C) ranging from snow, hail, and sandstorms!

The Gobi Desert, which covers large parts of northwestern China, is known as the Windiest Desert in the world.  Historically, it is most notable for being the location of many important cities along the famous Silk Road.

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Race #2 – Battle in Namibia

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!

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What It Takes To Break A World Record

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.

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