It’s been a while since I posted so thought I’d some some shorter, more regular blogs in the run up to the desert race in Jordan on 16th Feb.
The race has been moved to Jordan so thankfully the conditions during the day aren’t as harsh as the Sahara in Egypt would have been with temperatures topping out at a manageable 10-15 degrees although night time temperatures still reach zero and we’ve been told there’s a risk of rain or even snow. Snow. in the desert!! crazy. It also means we’ve had to add waterproofs to our mandatory kit list making the rucksack even heavier.
Talking about the rucksack, I’ve finally made a choice and bought the OMM Classic Marathon 32L which feels really well built and comfortable on the shoulders. I’ll do a separate post on equipment but thankfully at the stage where I have most of the mandatory list and some optional items too. Next step is to go on several runs/walks to get used to the pack to make sure it doesn’t rub and sort out the food I’ll be taking.
The bulk of my 2,000 a day minimum calories will be freeze dried food which I will rehydrate to make a breakfast and evening meal containing 800 calories each. I’ll supplement those with a combination of bars, gel, nuts and other snacks, all of which I am yet to buy.
Fitness wise, I’m not exactly where I want to be although focussing on the time left between now and the event to try and get as much in as I can without overdoing it. Again, I’ll do a post on my training
It’s fair to say that most of my waking moments these days are spent either thinking about the event itself, worrying about the kit I’ve bought or reading and watching anything I can find about the event or the Marathon Des Sables (MdS), which this event is almost identical to in format.
For anyone who wants to understand more about what we’re undertaking, I’d recommend the following YouTube talk by a couple of guys who did the MdS. Bit on the long side but very entertaining and really brings home the enormity of the challenge.