Teams from around the globe will trek, mountain bike, kayak and complete roping sections for the XPD 2013 event.
Bayswater residents Belinda Brooks and Cindy Morgan are preparing to take on South Australia’s Flinders Rangers for up to 10 days with fellow teammates Janet Musker and Lesa Muir of Mt Lawley.
‘The other competitors will be doing the race to either win or finish. Our goal is to finish so that we default to winning the all female team to complete the XPD,’ Brooks said
The 36-year-old Athens water polo Olympian, who came 10th in her age group for the 2009 Ironman World Championships in Hawaii, said it would be her toughest challenge yet with walking her biggest hurdle.
‘I thought that walking would be a piece of cake. I was soon brought down to reality after walking for two hours,’ she said.
‘I have had to focus training around walking 12 hours or more to ensure my body gets use to carrying over 15kg and walking.’
She said the team would do everything together including the challenging task of fitting everyone into a two-man tent.
‘Janet and Lesa will take on the navigation, Cindy and I will hopefully provide the live entertainment and lead in the mountain bike,’ she said.
‘The team has to be dynamic with supporting each other because everyone will have good days and hard days.’
Muir (43) said she was expecting the event to be ‘extremely tough’.
‘I am sure I will be wondering why I signed up when it’s 2am and I am freezing cold in the dessert and lucky to get an hour’s sleep before putting shoes back on blistered feet, eating a cold meal and thinking I have another eight days of this,’ she said.
‘But I am sure crossing the line with three of my mates will make it all worthwhile.’
XPD is scheduled for September 2-14. It will involve 50 teams of four competitors. who will receive course details just 24 hours before the event begins.