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RacingThePlanet: Iceland 2013 Blogs

Change of office/training location!
17-Jun-2013 10:09:52 AM [(GMT+12:00) Auckland, Wellington]

Well a slight change of office occurred recently - my residency in the Netherlands was not extended like I was hoping it would be, so I'm back in New Zealand! It's made the past month or so a bit up in the air as I dealt with being in Israel for a conference, travelling around Israel for a couple of days (including a hiking in the Golan Heights - beautiful place!), then the very quick decision to move home (this decision was only made in May)... Organising the move home, organising my stuff and actually getting home... Needless to say training has been a bit on the back foot, but I'm hoping it'll provide a good break from working on my PhD in the coming weeks, with the added benefit of having topography to train on.

Gear wise, I'm about to place an order for the last bits and pieces from the RTP store. I'm really happy with my pack (Macpac Amp Race 25), which I chose after a few aborted 'fittings' of brands available in Europe because I'm just a little bit too short for them to be comfortable. It's a bit heavier (850g, or there abouts), but testing it at up to 7kg for up to 26km and it's still felt like it's barely there, so that's fine by me! I'm just as stoked with my shoes (inov-8 Roclite 268), they're very comfortable and very grippy, the perfect combo, I think!

The plan now is to get the food sorted - something which is, admittedly, much easier back here in NZ where I have foods/drinks and brands easily accessible that I know work for me. There'll be less testing involved, anyway. As it is, I still need to test a few bits and pieces, particularly freeze dried meals as hiking generally involved taking pasta or wraps along with various ingredients, and cooking something up properly...

Anyway, the plan for the next six weeks is to explore trails around the Waitakeres - mostly walking, but also a bit of jogging - while testing out food and figuring out how to fit everything into my pack! And, given one of the latest recce videos, practicing walking with the trekking poles for that last 10km so I don't fall flat on my face.
KRISTINA ARTHUR
RacingThePlanet: Iceland 2013

Hometown
Auckland, New Zealand

Profession
PhD student/Marine micropaleontologist

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KRISTINA ARTHUR
RacingThePlanet: Iceland 2013 competitor

Bio

I am currently working on a PhD in marine micropaleontology at VU University Amsterdam. I study microfossils to reconstruct past ocean environments. I have had a go at a shorter adventure race/orienteering events and runs, but this will be my first attempt at an event of this length/magnitude.

Hometown
Auckland, New Zealand

Profession
PhD student/Marine micropaleontologist

Why are you competing?
To challenge myself and raise money for Forest and
Bird.

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