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After The Race

30th November 2016 02:08 AM[(GMT-03:00) Buenos Aires, Georgetown]

The boat trip back over the Drake passage, where a little rough, and I slept most of the time because I where sea sick. But now I am in Argentina and enjoying the time here, before I fly back home tomorrow.

Thanks a lot to 4Dessert team, for a fantastic event. I like the way that you challenge us a lot, and still keep us safe. Everything has been very well organized and very smooth!!! And you are a really great team, because you are so human and do your very best to make every person feel special. In this race every competitor become much more than just a bip number.  -  Well done, you rock!!!

Thanks a lot to everyone whom have followed my blog and written to me. It helps a lot with all the support, and when it gets tough on the trails, I am thinking about all the lovely comments. It is really nice to hear from you.

I have a fantastic team of trainers whom have helped me to prepare for this race and whom makes the training fun and interesting. Thanks a lot to Ross, Camille, Freeman, Anna and Ian for a lot of help. I highly appreciate it.

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Pernille Kongstad

Posted On: 01 Dec 2016 12:42 PM

Lene, du er amazing! Endnu en fantastisk oplevelse og kæmpe udfordring, du har taget op. Nyd nogle rolige dage i Argentina, inden hverdagen rammer dig igen :-) Knus og kram P
Thank You!

27th November 2016 10:00 AM[(GMT-03:00) Buenos Aires, Georgetown]

Today where the last stage, and the most epic of them all. It was a short run and quite flat, but still challenging because there where a thin layer of ice on top of the snow, which broke all the time, so suddenly a foot would sink down.

We should only run for 2,5 hours, and then time for celebration. 2 of the participants had their wedding at the finish line, and it was just so romantic and beautiful out there in the middle of Antarctic. There was a lot of penguins around, and they had dressed more nice for the wedding than all us smelling runnersJ

After the wedding we got the chance to jump in the sea, and it is actually quite releasing for sore legs.

It feels very strange that it already is over now, it has been a lot of preparation and training, and it has been a great and very memorable holiday. I have meet a lot of fantastic people on this trip, and I will enjoy the time with them on the way back, before we all split up and spread out all over the globe again.

The great thing about sport is that it connects people. And for next year I hope for a different kind of connection, because I will focus on teamsport, like 6 man outrigger cannoing and dragon boat.

Thanks a million to all of you whom have followed by blog and whom have been writing to me, it has been extremely nice with all your comments.     THANK YOU!!!

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Anna Mathisen

Posted On: 30 Nov 2016 02:02 AM

Congratulations Lene! I don't know if I would have been able to jump in the sea in Antartica! It sounds fantastic, I cant wait to hear about the stories. Look forward to seeing you soon.

Joern Willemann

Posted On: 30 Nov 2016 06:41 AM

Kære Lene Stort tillykke - Fantastisk præstation IGEN :-) Du er så sej. Glæder mig at du har haft en fantastisk tur og til at høre mere om den når vi ses i HongKong. God rejse tilbage. kh Jørn

Pernille Jeppesen

Posted On: 29 Nov 2016 18:09 PM

Kære Lene, hvor er du sej! Stort stort tillykke! Heldigvis bliver fortællingen om din tur aldrig forældet, så jeg kan få den når du er i DK igen. Kæmpe kram fra P

Anne-dorthe Willemoes

Posted On: 29 Nov 2016 15:56 PM

Kære Lene Tillykke, hvor er det flot, glæder mig til og hører om din oplevelse. Knus Anne-Dorthe

Jackie Lau

Posted On: 29 Nov 2016 06:38 AM

Wonderful! Looking for you back and seeing the picture of penguins. XDD

Rikke Wien

Posted On: 28 Nov 2016 13:58 PM

Hurra og stort tillykke. Flot flot præstation - du er bare så mega sej og et levende bevis på, at man kan hvad man vil. Hvor der er vilje er der vej. Rigtig god tur hjem. Stort knus fra Rikke

Doris Larsen

Posted On: 28 Nov 2016 10:25 AM

Kære Lene Stort tilykke det er rigtig flot glæder os til at høre mere når du kommer hjem til jul. God rejse hjem. Kærlig hilsen Far og Mor

Jane Jensen

Posted On: 28 Nov 2016 05:22 AM

Kære Lene Stort tillykke. Glæder mig til at høre en masse mere om turen. Nu må du have en god rejse hjem. Glæder mig til at se dig. Stort kæmpe knus❤️ Jane
After Stage 5

26th November 2016 01:15 AM[(GMT-03:00) Buenos Aires, Georgetown]

Hi all

Thanks a million for all the comments, it is so great to hear from all of you!!!

Today where just the best!!! It is getting more and more beautiful for every day. We started very early, because we didn’t know how long time we could continue. No one cares about weather forecast in Antartica, because it is really unpredictable, and it probably change 30 minutes later anyway. The only thing we knew where that it could be max 6,5 hour, because of the ship schedule.

The first loop where hilarious because the snow where deep, the strongest runners where kind to go in front, and we all mowed slow around. A penguin where on the trail and he could run faster than us. Actually it took 55 minutes to run the first 3,4 km loop. I enjoyed the day in the big ship, surrounded by water and icebergs. The course where again up and down the hill. We totally climbed 1800 meter today. But it was harder to go down than go up, because we could not get it real stamped on the way down…

When I where on my 8th loop Riitta whom is the organizer where suddenly running behind me, it was really nice with some company, but I also had to hurry up, because they was about to close down, I where lucky to come down 10 minutes before we was stopped, and had a last lovely run, before had to go back on the boat. I am trying to take it all in and getting the most out of it, because I might not come here again.

Tomorrow will be the last day of running and it is planned to be short. My legs are happy that it is soon finished, because it has been more hours of running than at the other races and I need rest, at the same time I have to say that it is super fun to be here.

It has been an extreme nature experience, and yesterday a lot of whales where jumping around just outside our floating hotel. And at one point we was cruising around a lot of ice, and could see the seals laying on the ice flakes!!! I where so worried about the boat trip, but I really like this floating hotel. But it does make me feel very small to be surrounded by so much water.

After the running today there where  lecture about global warming, it is always scary to hear about, but being here surrounded by mountains and mountains of ice, it just feels to much stronger.

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Anna Mathisen

Posted On: 30 Nov 2016 02:05 AM

It sounds simply incredible. Cannot imagine how small it must feel to be floating on that big sea. I don't know how you managed to run MORE than all the other races you have done. I suppose the cool air and low altitude helps a little bit? I'm just catching up on your blogs now. Amazing!

Malene Teller Blume

Posted On: 27 Nov 2016 22:12 PM

Hvor er det fantastisk at læse - sikke en oplevelse. Jegkan godt forstå dine ben er godt slidte nu, efter så mange timers løb og under de barske betingelser. jeg håber meget jeg kan se nogle billeder når vi ses - og selvfølgelig høre meget mere ! sikke en naturoplevelse, som kun de færreste i verden oplever! løbet er mega hårdt, men godt du tag er dig overskud til at nyde det alligevel. du er SÅ SEJ Lene <3

Rikke Wien

Posted On: 27 Nov 2016 17:48 PM

Ej øv, allerede næsten slut.... kan godt forstå at du - og ikke mindst dine ben - glæder sig, men jeg holder af at løse dine daglige updates, og føler næsten at jeg er lidt med dig hele vejen. Hvor må det bare være en fantastisk oplevelse - godt at du undervejs også har overskud til at nyde det. God sidste tur

Jane Jensen

Posted On: 26 Nov 2016 17:19 PM

Fede oplevelser! Held og lykke med sidste løb- så må du give den max gas
Stage 4

25th November 2016 09:49 AM[(GMT-03:00) Buenos Aires, Georgetown]

I woke up this morning and enjoyed the view of icebergs just outside the cabin, and then there where a big group of penguins swimming and jumping around in the cold water.

 

We had an interesting ride into shore in the rubber- boats because there was a lot of icebergs.

 

On shore there where thousands of penguins. We started running, the first loop where with a lot of loose snow, it was really beautiful, and also a little rough, because of the wind and fog.

 

The rule is that we have to stay at least 10 m away from the penguins, but it doesn’t seems like the penguins have heard about that rule… at one time I nearly got trapped, because a penguin came walking up the hill towards me, and from the other side a penguin came sliding down. I hurried up to get in front of them, because I didn’t fancy to have to walk a long curve out in the loose snow.

 

Already after 9 km we had to stop, because the wind where pushing the ice into the bay, and if we had stayed longer we wouldn’t have been able to get back out to the big boat. Suddenly it make very much sense that the organizers pushed so hard the first days to make us have long stages.  

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Rikke Wien

Posted On: 26 Nov 2016 05:37 AM

Hvor er jeg glad for, at hele teamet omkring dig, er så gode til at organisere. Godt at de stopper løbet, når vejeres ændrer sig. Du skulle jo nødigt blive til en forfrossen pingvin på et isbjerg. Bliver glad helt ned i maven over, at høre om din begejstring for nuturen og dit løb - skønt at du som altid går all in, og vælger den mest positive vinkel

Katie Townsend

Posted On: 26 Nov 2016 02:47 AM

Lene ... those penguins are sneaky! They must've seen you as a tasty snack! You are so awesome - wow!

Barbara Rodwin

Posted On: 25 Nov 2016 23:58 PM

Hello Lene, Wow and I thought running in ottawa and getting me feet wet and cold was hard! You run for a lot longer in the cold with the wet feet! Your adventure sounds life altering! It is fabulous you were able to train, make the journey and now achieve your goal! The scenery sounds beautiful! YOU ROCK LENE!

Jane Jensen

Posted On: 25 Nov 2016 20:08 PM

Respekt Du er så cool

Henriette Arvin

Posted On: 25 Nov 2016 11:36 AM

Altså altså Lene, hvor er det helt vildt at læse om! Adskillige Marathon med våde tæer i blæst og kulde, rutschene pingviner og samme bakke 14 gange! Og at det skulle være det vildeste race ever er jo helt vildt i sig selv, når man tænker på hvor vilde de andre var!!!! VILDT!!
Two Long Stages

23rd November 2016 01:05 AM[(GMT-03:00) Buenos Aires, Georgetown]

Hi all

Thanks a lot for all the comments, it is really motivating to hear from you,

This race has so far been the most tough and challenging I ever have done, both physical and mental. Everything depend on the weather, so it is not easy to know how the days will go. Part of my race strategy was to keep my feet warm and dry – but that seems to be mission impossible. It only takes me 2 hours every day to get my feet soaking wet, but a long a I keep moving it I not a problem because then they at least stay warm.

The first day was a long day, we ran for 12 hours in some 11 km loop, it was great fun, because we ran out, turned around and ran back, so I meet the other runners all the time which was really great. The last loop felt like the longest, I was really tired, but then plans changed suddenly and I had to stop halfway which was really great. Even though we ran for 12 hours we didn’t get that far, because it was slush snow and mud we was running in. I ran 60 km.

It feels like running in altitude because of the thin air.  

After finish we came back to the boat and had only 8 hours before we had to be ready to start again.

There where seals an penguins along the course, and great views.

Today was one more challenging day, with 8,5 hours of running. We did 3 km loops, and there was a hill, it was not that high a hill, it was just that I had to climb it 14 times because of the looping, running a marathon distance on 3 km loop would normally be boring, but not here, because there where very breath taking views and the penguins where super curious and where standing along the course looking at us. They are so super cute!!!

Tomorrow there are one more long day planned, maybe 11 hours.   

I am really happy that I had the change to come down here and explore all of this.

I have got a really awesome roommate (Cynthia Fish) on board and I enjoy being here.

Cheers Lene

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Anna Mathisen

Posted On: 30 Nov 2016 02:09 AM

Yes agree with Kat, You are a nutter. But I get it. Good for you. Sounds fantastic. What an experience. Very proud of you.

Malene Teller Blume

Posted On: 27 Nov 2016 22:08 PM

Hej Lene mange tak for alle dine updates ! hvor er det vildt du har løbet 60 k på én dag - under de betingelser ! det må have været sindssygt hårdt og samtidig helt fantastisk! Kh fra Malene

Katerina Vichou

Posted On: 25 Nov 2016 07:18 AM

Hi Lene - you nutter... you are from the very few people in the word to claim that running for 12 in the snow and ice is fun:) That is exactly why we love you though!!!! Keep strong, safe and as dry as possible and enjoy every second of it... big big and super warm hug, xxx

Sandy Mattsson

Posted On: 25 Nov 2016 09:53 AM

Hej Du Seje Kvinde! Det må da være absolut noget af det vildeste du har prøvet Kære Lene! NYD DET :) Må du have gode og varme fødder der kan bære dig igennem de tilbageværende kilometer - i morgen er det jo sidste dag. HOLD UD og glæder mig til vi ses i december, KÆMPE KÆMPE knus og kram

Lorraine Cushnie

Posted On: 25 Nov 2016 05:05 AM

So great to hear about your adventures? How are you coping with the wet feet? Hopefully you're managing to stay warm and have some good first aid! Say hello to the penguins and let us know how you are doing xx

Vibeke Laursen

Posted On: 25 Nov 2016 05:41 AM

Du er bare for sej Lene, og lyder til at du har det godt og nyder udfordringen. Sejt med pingvin -tilskuere, må være en helt speciel oplevelse, det crowd kunne jeg da godt have tilsluttet mig. Go' Lene

Jan Adolfsen

Posted On: 24 Nov 2016 20:02 PM

Hej Lene Super sejt projekt du er i gang med at gennemføre. Ønsker dig fortsat god tur og en fantastisk oplevelse. Hilsen Jan

Jane Jensen

Posted On: 24 Nov 2016 21:11 PM

Kære Lene Jeg fryser mine fødder bare ved at læse din blog. Sikken oplevelse du får. Fortsat held og lykke. Du er jo eminent sej. Kys og varme sokker herfra

Pernille Kongstad

Posted On: 24 Nov 2016 11:49 AM

Hej Lene, Super seje sild!! Det lyder som om, du har fået kam til dit hår, og det elsker du jo :-) Håber, du når at nyde omgivelserne, mens du "spurter" rundt, klatrer op osv. ... Sender dig masser af varme og kærlige tanker. Knus P PS - der er julevin og skrabekalender klar til dig

Lise Skyttegaard

Posted On: 24 Nov 2016 13:07 PM

"It was great fun" - åh altså Lene - du er så sjov og sej og alt for vild :-) Hvor fedt med pingvinpublikum - forhåbentlig får du taget lidt billeder undervejs? Glæder mig til at høre mere - indtil da hep hep og god tur!

Rikke Wien

Posted On: 23 Nov 2016 20:44 PM

Kære Lene. Vil du hilse alle pingvinerne fra mig og sige tak for, at agere heppekor langs ruten, når nu jeg ikke kan være der.... det lyder absolut fantastisk , og som om, at du endnu engang nyder din udfordring. Fortsat god tur - glæder mig til at høre mere

Megan Stewart

Posted On: 23 Nov 2016 18:36 PM

hey you - awesome to hear your story and for me relive memories - that place is so incredibly special.....you are looking good - stay strong - its only a short time that yu are there - push through the barriers - you have done this before. discipline...run, recover, eat...sleep xxxxxxx hugs to ya

Ross Eathorne

Posted On: 23 Nov 2016 11:59 AM

Hi Lene, Fantastic photos of the second stage. It's a bit scary that of all the outrigging and ultra marathons you have done that Antartica is hardest of them all mentally and physically. I suppose 8 hours turn around has a lot to do with it. Recover well, roll and stretch if you can. Keep warm and eat and sleep as much as you can. Enjoy. Ross

Lina Helverskov

Posted On: 23 Nov 2016 12:38 PM

Hej Lene Hvor lyder det fantastisk. Jeg ser meget gerne billeder :) Det er topfedt du gør det, det er noget man aldrig glemmer og et fedt selskab er jeg sikker på. Vi ses i Hong Kong i Dec. hvis du er hjemme. KH Lina

Doris Larsen

Posted On: 23 Nov 2016 10:25 AM

Hej Lene Du er så sej Knus Mor

Lene Scherfig

Posted On: 23 Nov 2016 10:36 AM

Kære Lene, Det sejeste menneske jeg kender - det lyder helt vildt - fortsat rigtig god tur - med vilje og godt humør så kommer man langt. Mange hilsner og tanker til dig Kh .Lene
Floating Hotel

21st November 2016 02:06 AM[(GMT-03:00) Buenos Aires, Georgetown]

Thanks mother earth for a really calm sea. We are in Drake Passage now, and the waves are just approx 1m high (I had expected it to be 10m high).

We have already been on the boat 24 hours and still at least 30 hours to go. We have a lot of fun on the boat, there are so many awesome people.

The boat is like a floating hotel, and the service is really great. Everything here is just super great!

I am super excited to get started to run, and see what the weather conditions will be like. The plan is to start with the long stage- and I really hope that I can stay warm and dry.

Thanks a lot for all the comments, so great to hear from your all!

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Jane Jensen

Posted On: 22 Nov 2016 22:04 PM

Kære Lene Dejligt at sejlturen går godt- så er det værste mareridt jo vinget af

Anna Mathisen

Posted On: 23 Nov 2016 00:24 AM

Hi Lene! From Jagruti and I. We have been thinking of you while we sit in your living room preparing for our workshop, enjoying your home. Thank you for your generosity. Glad to hear you had a smooth sailing and looking forward to hearing about the running! Best wishes from us both.

Megan Stewart

Posted On: 22 Nov 2016 18:54 PM

hey there - great to read the race reports and your blog - you are doing great - it is quite a different race on slushy snow , ice, rocks etc.......oh the memories!. yes the ship is a floating hotel!!. Give hugs to the race team from me, Jax is going great too - nice to see!!!. Can you please give a massive hug to Rodney Rutherford, my tent mate from sahara 2010 - and his lovely wife Jan - infact you can poke him along the course every now and again from me. I am watching, and enjoying your journey xxxxxxxxx Megs

Ross Eathorne

Posted On: 22 Nov 2016 11:44 AM

Hi Lene, By now stage one will be in the bag and all your training has well - gone to plan. Hopefully you had a big day 10-15 hours and got some serious miles in. However it went I am sure you are happy and are able to take in the magnificent place that I imagine Antartica to be. Rest and repeat. Ross

Joern Willemann

Posted On: 21 Nov 2016 18:38 PM

Hej Lene Godt at høre at turen er forløbet fint "so fare" og at humøret er højt :-) Ønsker dig den bedste tur og oplevelse, - du er for sej!!! Glæder mig til at følge dig pådenne tur også. All the best :-) Bh Jørn

Vicki Easton

Posted On: 21 Nov 2016 08:03 AM

I'm so in awe of you! Go forth and relish the experience! X

Sharon Etherington

Posted On: 21 Nov 2016 08:23 AM

Lene - inspirational; will be following so have a super awesome time and just enjoy the experience!!

Rikke Wien

Posted On: 21 Nov 2016 07:16 AM

Det er så spændende Lene. Dejligt at høre, at sejlturen indtil videre er forløbet godt og roligt, og at du nyder omgivelserne og selskabet. Kan forestille mig, at det er rart at lære de andre løbere at kende godt, inden det hele for alvor går igang. Jeg er sikker på, at du er rigtigt godt forberedt, og det bliver skønt for dig at få snørret løbeskoene og komme afsted. Det bliver en fest! Ser frem til din næste Update. Knus herfra. Rikke
2 Weeks To Go

4th November 2016 12:00 PM[(GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi]

2 weeks to go and 1 million butterflies in my stomach -  Really hope they will start to fly in formation before arriving to Antartica.

I am very humble and it will be total out of my comfort zone to go on this adventure. Specially the boat trip in 10m waves is of concern - So I have to say I am looking very much forward to arrive to the start line!!!  And after that comes running in the cold unknown environment. I so much hope we will get the change to camp on the ice.

Already before I start the adventure there have been a lot of great momements. I have enjoyed my training a lot. What works for me is a lot of support, and I have been lucky to have many world class trainers whom have helped me a lot. And also some really great running mates. - Could have been really great if you all could join the trip!!

 

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Karin Ward

Posted On: 17 Nov 2016 23:04 PM

Jag är full av beundran för ditt mod ch styrka att göra detta äventyr. Du har tränat både kroppen och huvudet för detta. Du är REDO !!!!

Rikke Wien

Posted On: 18 Nov 2016 05:54 AM

Det bliver SÅ stort Lene. Fantastisk tur til dig. Glæder mig til at følge dig på sidelinien og læse dine updates

Anna Mathisen

Posted On: 18 Nov 2016 14:10 PM

Super, Love hearing about your butterflies! Hope you make it through the boat journey with minimal difficulties. "This too shall pass" and soon you will be in your natural environment, HappyViking! Have a great time. I know you will.

Katerina Vichou

Posted On: 18 Nov 2016 15:08 PM

from two weeks to almost only two days... woo hoo!!! i cannot believe you are actually there doing this!!! take care and enjoy every second of it! will be with you the whole way, xxx

Sam F

Posted On: 14 Nov 2016 10:21 AM

Good-luck Lene: I will be cheering from Hong Kong

Ross Eathorne

Posted On: 15 Nov 2016 13:25 PM

Keep the comments like this Lene. Enjoy the race first. I will be living vicariously through you during the race. Ross