Ultra Beast 161K: Abhi Mishra
As an Iron Man competitor and long time endurance athlete Abhi Mishra is no stranger to suffering. Here he shares his experience running 161km thru the Thar Desert in India. With +3430m of sand running is a proper challenge.
What was your last race? My Last race was 161km at event called as "The Ultra Beast" on 6th of April 2019. Being organized in Thar Desert, Rajasthan, India.
How far was it? Was it a new distance? They had categories like 161km, 100km, 75km, 50km and 25km with respective time cutoff. It was not a new distance for me as I had done these distances in past.
How long have you been running? I have been participating in endurance events since 2011. After completing 3 Ironman Triathlons and ULTRAMAN Triathlon in 2017 I decide to challenge myself in an ultra race with different terrain.
What made you sign up for this race? Terrain, location, recommendation? Terrain & Location. Running in thar desert is very challenging as you have to face the heat of 45deg to 47deg temp and run on terrain like. Sand dunes, salt patches, rocky terrain.
What did you eat the most at the aid stations? I was having watermelon, banana, dates, curd with rock salt and lots of electrolyte. Was trying to keep the intake mostly as liquid items, its easy to digest these and helps to keep the body hydrated.
High moment? When I finished 75km in 12 hours and survived the toughest thing of the race. From morning 6:30 am to evening 6:30pm.
Low moment? When the Race Director changed the complete course as runners were getting lost in desert. Now the route wasn’t the same for which we had registered.
Do you listen to music? If yes, what's your song of the moment? NO. Since 2013 i stopped listening to music in my races.
Would you do it again? Yes. As i need to experience the complete course, which makes this race a tough one in country.
What race is next? I have my 6th Ironman race in Sweden in Aug 2019. And a 220km ultra run in October 2019... As training i will be doing some other events too.
Thanks so much Abhi! Abhi recently released his first book Run to Realise, you can find it on Amazon if you’re curious. Abhi is also a life coach, and continues to extend his limits thru endurance events worldwide. You can find him on facebook, instagram, and twitter by searching for @abhirunning. You can also read more of his stories & adventures on his blog, Abhi Running - Passion Over Profession