At 6 in the morning on Saturday, the starting gun will fire for the Red Bull Nordenskiöldsloppet . Our athlete, Carsten Unger, is already excited about what’s to come. His goal: to master this challenge; push himself to his limit; survive the Red Bull Nordenskiöldsloppet; finish within the time requirement for medaling; and most of all, cross the finish line within 18 hours – his personal time-to-beat.
Yes…18 hours! Sounds crazy? Well it is, but that is Carsten’s plan-of-attack as he heads into the world’s longest and toughest cross country race within the Arctic Circle (as previously reported). To achieve his goals, he had to prepare an outstanding plan. When to have a warm meal, where to dawn glasses for night skiing, at which station to post his headlamp, and, and, and… But that’s just the beginning. Carsten has also begun to adapt his sleep-rhythm for the long journey. After all, when was the last time you’ve been awake for 20 hours straight (including the additional two hours of pre-start prep), not just awake, but also expending that level of physical exertion!
In a self-made plan, Carsten has marked off milestones to manage and pace his energy levels perfectly. He has waxed his skis 9 times, in order to maintain the fastest ski for the longest duration. Another advantage is the support he has received from his father, who will also travel to the Arctic Circle shortly before the race begins. He will position himself along the trek and offer his support when and where he can. However, there’s no two ways about it, Carsten is stuck with the actual “suck” of this mega endurance test.
Our Mahr’s Bräu film team is also traveling to the Arctic Circle and will follow Carsten’s journey. And so can you, by following his blog and supporting him whenever possible. His racing suit is ready and Carsten – in his last intensive minutes of training – could not be better prepared. With only a week left till the starting gun, Team Mahr’s Bräu Bamberg is extremely proud of and ready to back our highly motivated part-time “semi-professional” athlete (even though, with all his dedication and preparation, he seems like a real professional ) and we are keeping our fingers crossed!
*Translated from original German text into English by UCCB International