I completed my goal of finishing the Atacama Crossing ultra marathon race!
The Atacama Crossing is done and dusted.
I am feeling elated after achieving my goals and training plan!
Part of the 4 Deserts Race series of ultra marathons by Racing The Planet, the Atacama in Chile takes place in one of the driest deserts on Earth which hardly receives any rain. It is a massive plateau in South America, covering a 1000 km strip of land on the Pacific coast of South America, west of the stunning Andes mountains.
After completing the Sahara Race in Egypt back in 2009, I was keen to participate in the other races in the 4 Deserts Race series, aiming for the Gobi March last year. Unfortunately, a calf injury meant I had to pull out and I was unable to achieve my goal that I set for 2011.
It was therefore immensely gratifying and rewarding to have been able to train and complete the Atacama Crossing, 250 km with an official time of 41.00.11.
You can follow my progress in this blog diary from the 4 Deserts blog site for competitors.
There is nothing like enjoying a few beers and laughter with 20 other competitors. I can assure you that the beer is very relaxing after 7 days in the desert!