04 November 2010

Countdown to Chile!

I'm four months away from taking on one of the biggest challenges of my life.

The Atacama Crossing in Chile.

  • 250 km (155 miles) in 6 stages
  • Self supported (participants carry everything but tent and water resupply)
  • The driest desert on the planet

I've put together a four month training plan that I began this week.  To successfully challenge the Atacama Desert, I'll need to be in better shape than I've ever been in.  By February I hope to be in the 80-100 miles per week range.  (A big, white winter that's been forecast for the Inland NW is going to make training that much more difficult.)  Part of me is hoping for a lot of snow -- the harder the training, the better prepared I'll be physically and mentally.

I'm very excited to get out and run.

Keep running!



  1. Agreed. I'll be praying for blizzard conditions. Let's get it on....

  2. 4 months is going to go quick, but you'll be so ready! Good luck - and have a blast getting ready!!

  3. I admire you for taking this on. All the best with your preparations. The guys are now ready for Antarctica in this years competition. Ryan Sandes have been training in an ice chamber at -20°C. I wonder if he will adjust to the cold as well as he can with the heat.

  4. An ice chamber?? Salomon sure takes care of their team, don't they. My guess is that he'll do just fine. :)

  5. Good luck in your training. Look forward to reading about your adventure.

  6. Man, much respect!

    Taipei, Taiwan

  7. I'm so excited for you! Good luck in your training!