what I’m doing and not doing this week


Days until the Death Race: 5
Hours slept last night: 9

The (first) official gear list:
ID CARD (laminated with medical info and emergency contact info)
Life Jacket
Hand Shovel
10 Foot Section of 1/8 inch rope
Hand snips
5 lbs of hay
1 lb of grass seed
Safety Goggles
Swimming Goggles
$5.00 in quarters
Water Filter

I took the liberty to add few items of my own:
– a banjo
– yoga mat
– rolling papers (for the hay – see above)
– Barbie head
– ball gag with collar

Today’s gear purchases:
– 2 1-L collapsible Platypus water bottles
– oral rehydration salts
– 2 Cliff bars (anything for the sake of variety – Cool Mint Chocolate and White Chocolate Macadamia Nut, even though I know perfectly well that after 10 hours, all Cliff bars taste the same)
– plastic waterproof pill containers
– plastic waterproof emergency kit

I’ve also stolen my favorite racing Salomons back from their recent home – a store window display in Salomon Toronto store:

My FellCross was in great company:

Things I am not doing this week:

  • renting a tuxedo
  • buying new hiking shoes
  • eating obscene amounts of pasta
  • taking freezing cold showers to get used to the cold
  • squeezing in a couple of last-minute 4-, 12-, and 24-hour training sessions before the event to make sure I’m ready
  • paying much attention to what’s going on in the Death Race Facebook group

Things I am doing this week:

  • sleeping lots
  • drinking lots (to answer your question – yes, and yes)
  • packing my gear
  • think about and talk about things other than the Death Race
  • doing lots of yoga

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to do one of the above.

Signing off,

Posted June 16, 2013

7 responses to “what I’m doing and not doing this week”

  1. tormuse says:

    Ball gag? I’m intrigued! Is there someone you want to shut up on this trip? 🙂

  2. jsresults says:

    This is awesome!

  3. Amy Lawson says:

    I have butterflies for you! Just listened to the Getting Dirty podcast. It’s funny; you don’t sound like that when I read your blog 😉

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