I am writing from the plane. I am on my way to Australia, in about 4 hours we will arrive, Leslie and myself. This time I am traveling with a crew. Leslie Gerein, an experience ultrarunner and adventurer from Banff and Jason Glass who also supported me in Brazil is waiting in Sydney for us.
From Sydney we will board a Plane to Albury then a two our drive to our final destination Harrietville, Victoria. I will be arriving Friday evening in time for the mandatory meeting and I will be ready to start the race at 4:30am on Saturday, it will not give me any time to write the pre race report.
I can however tell you what I know about the race.
There are 17 people running the race in total, two teams of 7 people each and 3 soloist, one male and two females including me. The race starts at 4:30am on Saturday 28th and ends 48 hours later on Monday 30th at 4:30am
I am as nervous going into this race as I was going into my race in Brazil, Not completing the Yukon race has made me feel unsure that I might not after all have what it takes to finish what I started. To be fair to my kids and to be fair to me, I have to try, I don't want to live my life with regret, that and the fact that my son Karl doesn’t have the choice of quitting. I will want for him to never give up hope that impossible things can be achived with the right attitude and determination.
And what I am bringing to the table on this race, is something that my son has taught me the last two years of him dealing with his disability, an indomitable will.
Alpine Skyrun is a 100 mile race in the Australian alps,, in Bogong national park, last year was the first year the race was held, with three people out of five finishing in about 42 hours.
The race major obstacle for me will be course navigation, I lack navigation skills , I will need to learn to follow the course with a map and compass. Second obstacle will be terrain, according to the race road book, the 100-mile course features six major ascents, including Victoria’s three higher peaks.
The course is designed with six stages and a mandatory overnight camp. The fist aid kit is similar to other races except for the mandatory elastic band for snake bites.
I have read the race manual guide several times before, it was not until now that all of a sudden I am filled with why did I think I could do this? not finishing Yukon has been terrible for my confidence but it did also thought me something very valuable, to be in the moment, ever since i started this journey I have been consume with the preparation for the races, if Ray asked me to run 5 hills I did 7, I read everything available about the races I have chosen, but I the end of the day, it’s not all up to me, since I return, I have enjoyed the company of those around me, my mind no longer drifts to far away places or to the next few training sessions, while I am not taking the races lightly, I am giving myself a break and allowing myself to even enjoy the journey, after all, looking around my life, driving my kids to practices, having coffee with my best friend, driving to dinner with my boyfriend, it’s all there waiting for me when I get back, I already know my destination, and climbing a few mountains to get there doesn’t seem like a great deal, when I will climb, I will look up in the sky, and marvelled that I just got a bit closer to the stars