Ugh, I have been feeling very non-triaspirational - not NEARLY enough exercise - a bad cold - lots of junk food - last couple weeks much more bookish & teacherly (of necessity!) than training-oriented - I am a poor traveler because I am always slightly thinking I would be better off at home on a much more stringent program of one kind or another... - BUT we have had a lovely time in Buenos Aires, and tomorrow the adventure begins!
We're leaving the hotel at 4:30am for the flight to Ushuaia; we will board the ship in the early evening - the Antarctica marathon is on Tuesday, weather permitting - and (to my horror!) the fact of the matter is that I will have absolutely no internet access until March 17, when we will be back in Buenos Aires!
There is some vestigial possibility that news might wend its way to Wendy, but really you will just have to be in suspense in the meantime about whether we make it or not!
I am feeling mentally strong - honestly, even a pretty hard race is not quite as awful as trying to finish a book in mid-semester!
I am somewhat undertrained (there was no way around it, so I am reconciled to what I could do and what I could not), but I have a rather amazing amount of gear: trail gaiters, SealSkinz waterproof socks, YakTrax, tights and trail shoes and Kendal Mint Cake - not to mention the usual kit (Patagonia jacket and Oakley prescription sunglasses and various other things I am too lazy to find links for) - running need not be an expensive sport, but the expeditionary situation was out of control this time!
It has been a great pleasure training for the race, and my only goal is to finish feeling cheerful and strong - I will be very pleased if that's the way it goes, and satisfied with any kind of a finish, honestly! We will take what the day gives us, at any rate. And many, many thanks to Brent for inviting me to come on this most magical of all possible trips...
Today, various delicious things to eat - and the MALBA!