Well, I am 5 weeks away from hopping a plane down to Argentina and heading to the Antarctica marathon. Thought I’d do a bit of searching to see if I could find previous Antarctica Marathon race reports to see what I can learn.
2013 Antarctica Marathon
Temperature: -5 degrees C
Conditions: Icy stretches, frozen terrain
Total ascent: 616.6 meters
Total decent: 619.0 meters
2012 Antarctica Marathon
Temperature: Air temp +3 degrees C with 20 knot winds at beginning, increasing to 45knot winds. Feel feel temp -10 to -15 degrees C
Conditions: Gravel and soft muddy roads
Base layers: Icebreaker merino wool 200GSM long pant, long sleeve top, running socks
Outer layers: 2XU singlet, Helly Hansen windbreaker, DeSoto tri running tights, Polar buff, Lightweight running gloves
Shoes: Nike Lunar Speedlite shoes
Nutrition: Leppin gels & electrolyte, Clif Bar shot blocks (note of caution, the gels froze solid after 1hr)
2011 Antarctica Marathon
Temperature: 0 to +3 degrees C with wind guts up to 40 knots
Conditions: Sticky mud
- Running Shoes: Asics 2160
- Socks: Wigwam mills ¾ socks
- Underwear: Thermal underwear
- Running Tights: Asics running tights
- Three Layers of jerseys: 1st [light thermal], 2nd [heavy thermal], 3rd [heavy fleece]
- Marathon Shirt: On top of 3rd layer of jerseys I wore my worldwide marathons shirt
- Hat: Wigwam Mills Gortex Hat
- Watch: Garmin
- Fuel Belt: 4-bottle Road Runner Sports fuel belt
- Gloves: heavy winter gloves
Antarctica Marathon Challenges
Challenge#1 : It’s going to be cold.
Solution: Layer up. Thankfully, since I’ve been into winter sports for a while (snowshoeing, downhill skiing, nordic skiing) I have a collection of wool base layers, fleece mid layers and gortex outer layers. The key will be to bring everything with me, and then decide what to wear on race day.
Challenge #2: I’ve never run in conditions colder than -5 degrees C.
Solution: Well, I’m headed to Montreal on February 7th for the long weekend. Hopefully the temperatures stay nice and low and I can try out my cold weather gear in true cold weather. (Note: It’s currently -17 C in Montreal with real feel of -24 C)
Challenge #3: The ground may be frozen.
Solution: I should pick up a pair of running yak trax to help with traction on frozen surfaces.
Challenge #4: It could be very muddy.
Solution: I could try running with my gortex gaiters. Bonus: the gaiters could keep my calves protected from the wind.
Challenge #5: Race day nutrition – my food might freeze! Also, due to Antarctic Environmental protocols (zero impact policy), no food packaging can be brought on land. Therefore, I’m going to have to carry my gels in a container.
Solution: I’ll have to try out a container to carry my gels in – and find a place to keep them in my hydration pack. Should also look at insulating my water bladder in my hydration pack.