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An unusual training programme
04-Aug-2014 01:29:26 AM [(GMT+10:00) Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney]

Hi all,

Can't wait to meet everyone in Madagascar in a few short weeks.

I've just returned from Kamchatka in eastern Russia where I've been trekking in a wilderness area of forest, tundra and active volcanoes. Whilst trekking in this mountain wilderness with a huge pack is not your average training programme, I at least got to sample a diet of freeze dried Expedition Food for 15 days so I got a bit used to what I'll be eating on the race in Madagascar! Now it's time to do some actual running as training for the final few weeks!

Looking forward to this adventure immensely. Hope everyone's training is going well.
6 COMMENTS

Alan Davies

Posted: 05-Sep-2014 12:39:53 AM

Given the amount of running you have been doing your stage four result is excellent. What is the terrain like? How is the body holding up?

Posted: 02-Sep-2014 04:23:32 AM

Lots of questions. 1. How is the going, nutrition, rest. Very impressive results from the first two events.

Posted: 02-Sep-2014 04:22:35 AM

Lots of questions. 1. How is the going, nutrition, rest.

Kendy Burke

Posted: 01-Sep-2014 11:12:48 PM

Ash, you are doing so well, keep it up, it must be tough but just think of all that recovery you can do later! Will be cooking up a storm for you when you get home so sweat the hard stuff, thinking of you. Kendy

Alan Davies

Posted: 28-Aug-2014 01:10:26 AM

I will be providing the team with regular updates on your progress, you will have to ensure your race position is #1 or else there will be complaints upon your return. Good luck.

Riitta H

Posted: 05-Aug-2014 01:16:10 AM

Hi Ashley, you've picked up the most interesting training place ever! It may not have the climate you'll have in Madagascar but Kamchatka is one of those places... in my bucket list too. Would love to hear more about it in Madagascar. Well done on the freeze dried food testing side too, a great way of testing which ones to leave at home. Good luck with the rest of your preparation and see you soon! Riitta

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I'm an Information Technology (IT) consultant but I see this as a means to an end not an end to itself. I work for MasterCard. My real interest is in travel and adventure and I have spent my life travelling to remote parts of the world for trekking, long distance cycle touring and mountaineering. This will be my first expedition for the purpose of running/racing.

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