So as you can see, the whole layout of my bloggy blog has changed! And I love being able to put a photo at the header. Of course I picked one from the Atacama Crossing – the coolest thing I have done, back in my heyday (a 7 day, 250 mile, staged race across the Atacama desert in Chile). Too bad that was many moons ago. Maybe someday I can do another Racing the Planet adventure…
Anyway, here are some snaps from that most excellent adventure!
Here we are, stepping off. It was freezing cold (don’t ask me why I am wearing shorts), and we were at about 14,000 feet! My pack was 24+ lbs – WAY too heavy! My arms felt like they were getting ripped off. I started chunking food at the next rest stop. I was still delusional and thought I might be running most of the way… HA!
I didn’t shower for 7 days! Carried all my food and clothes on my back, like a turtle. They supplied water daily and had tents for us to retire to – nothing luxurious, that is for sure. Just 8 of us crammed in a tent – most were men, and they sure were smelly!
Don’t I look like a bad@ss? There just isn’t a photo of the 70-year-old man or the blind man passing me, which they did. Behind me is Team Save the Rhinos – they traded off wearing that huge rhino suit! The one day I made it to camp during daylight hours! Quite a feat! They have since changed it (thank goodness) but when I did the Atacama Crossing, it was during Chilean winter, so short days and NO moonlight the week we were racing. Now I think it during spring or fall, so more hours of daylight.
So here is how the milage was spread out:
Day 1 – 25 miles
Day 2 – 25 miles
Day 3 – 25 miles
Day 4 – 25 miles
Day 5 – 43 miles
Day 6 – rest
Day 7 – 7 miles into the finish at San Pedro de Atacama
Just running 7 miles into the finish was so easy-peasy! Since I was not one of the leaders, I was allowed to start in an earlier wave, and it looked like I was the first woman to cross the finish line! Well, I was the first woman to cross, but very far from being the ladies winner overall. Each stage was timed. I was the 2nd place USA woman and 11th woman overall, but there weren’t many ladies doing this race.
Sigh – what a great trip down memory lane. Thanks for indulging me.