Konikow and Joe Hurban Take on the Annapurna Challenge
Amber's log story
of their adventure:
WOW! INCREDIBLE RACE,
THE ANNAPURNA 200KM SELF SUPPORTED STAGE RACE IN NEPAL!
I AM SO HAPPY FOR BOTH MYSELF AND MY HUSBAND JOE!
I was definitely prepared
and felt good throughout the race AND as an end result...(drum
roll....I CAME IN FIRST LADY with
an estimated time of 34:05hrs or so! I am feeling
very humbled and blessed to have had this fantastic
It was a challenging
and a brutal course but the scenery, the people, the
crew, the racers made it so worth the unstringing
emotions and muscle pain! This is life, baby! Making
it happen & living it!
-Today is the day we
travel from wee Lively, Ontario to Kathmandu, Nepal
to run the 220km Annapurna Race! Super excited to
start this adventure! Internet access will be limited
so my posting will be on a "when wifi is.
-April 3rd, stage 1 of
Annapurna 201km Race. Beautiful scenery. Breath taking.
Makes every climb, downhill and pain worth it. Loving
this race! So scenic and challenging. The views are
spectacular and the overall experience has been amazing.
-Greetings from Kalopani!
And we have wifi! Joe and I finished the 1 stage in
7:15hrs. Total of 35.6km. Ascent 2673 meters and decent
1461 meters. Incredible scenery and fantastic route!
No big issues during the trek; some leg cramping from
Joe but he is fine. I feel great! Tomorrow we start
the 2 stage at 630am in Kalopani, running 36.8km with
ascent 780meters and a descent 1916meters! Fun! Fun!
-During stage 2 of the
race...just simply gorgeous! I am in love. So far,
an incredible race! The route is beautiful, the people
of Nepal are friendly and sweet and sceneries are
just absolutely amazing! The race itself including
the racers, volunteers, race director are wonderful
and supportive! Love it ALL!
-Stage 3 of the Annapurna
201km self supported race. I am so happy to be participating
in this race. Gorgeous! I am enjoying every moment.
Embracing every step, feeling every breathing I take,
enduring little pains and the uncomfortable bits,
taking a moment to enjoy the scenery, the shade and
a cool breeze...the list of my emotions and my senses
can go on. This is what I love to do. Tomorrow is
stage 4 & I am looking forward to this next stage
of adventure race.
April 6th, Stage 4 finished at Chandrakot village
33.9km...I can't remember the time I came in. I think
We stayed at a very rustic hotel. No power or proper
bath or shower; no issues here! It's Extreme Adventure
Racing! Love it
-Stage 5 start Chandrakot
village and finish at Sarangot. 36.7km. I was done
in 6:08hrs. Joe was about 6:23hrs or so. We have been
running together on most days but the last 2 days
I went ahead on my own towards the end. I was okay
to run so why not run! So far my total time is 30:41ish
hours. I feel good with some muscle soreness which
is expected. No injuries. Still feeling healthy. April
8th, tomorrow's 6 finial stage of Annapurna 200km
Ultra! Start at Sarangot finishing at Pokhara ! 26.6km
-Stage 6 LOVE THIS SO
MUCH? MY HUBBIE & I BOTH FINISHING STRONG AT THE
200KM ANNAPURNA ULTRA! WHAT AN INCREDIBLE ACCOMPLISHMENT!
Nepal, it was great to
have visited, explored, adventured, raced and chilled!
But it is time to head home. Missing my home, my family,
my babies & my friends. I am sure we will meet
As an update...we are now in New Delhi Airport. And
it was been a very challenging...(must...take... deep
breath). BTW, we went through security 6 times just
to get into New Delhi Airport...my boobs never had
so much unwanted attention in my (beep-beep) life!
Okay...so yeah! Great experience in Nepal but SUPER
HAPPY to be going home.
YOU SUDBURY ? THANK YOU ALL (from Canada & all
over the world) for all of the best wishes, support
& words of encouragement during our journey and
us racing the 200km Annapurna Ultra!
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