TRIATHLETE Joyette Jopson will embark on a whole new adventure when she represents the Philippines in the FWD North Pole Marathon on April 19.
The 39-year old champion athlete, who has been winning in major tournaments in her 13-year career, admitted that she will be competing outside her comfort zone.
“I don’t like the cold too much but to be able to do something great, you need to get out of your comfort zone,” said Jopson during the press launch on Tuesday at Picadilly Star Building in Bonifacio Global City.
In the North Pole event, participants will be running on a thick six to 12-feet sheet of ice, 12,000 feet above of the Arctic Ocean.
They will be running a 42-kilometer race with an average temperature of -30° centigrade that could go as low as -40° centigrade at times.
FWD North Pole Marathon Squad member and mountain climber Romi Garduce, who has conquered the Seven Summits, gave Jopson some pointers on how to gear up for the "world's coolest marathon.”
“[She has to] focus more on the winter survival aspect of the marathon kasi yung marathon for her madali lang, pero yung environment completely new to her,” said Garduce.
“So she needs to know how to survive kapag malamig, kapag problem onset yung site halimbawa nilamig yung toes, nilamig yung kamay, or pinawisan ka sa loob, which is dangerous, what do you do with those problems,” he added.
Garduce stressed that Jopson needs to be wary at all times.
He pointed out the importance of safety especially against hypothermia, which is a medical emergency that occurs when your body loses heat faster than it can produce heat, causing a dangerously low body temperature according to the Mayo Clinic.
“Yung primary risk ng mga runners doon is hypothermia, pwedeng maging fatal yun kung hindi mo naagapan,” said Garduce. “Ito yung mga giniginaw tapos tinitiis tapos hindi naagapan agad hanggang unti-unting mag low ang body temparature mo, kapag nabawasan ng two degress below the core temperature, pwedeng ma-hypothermia at mamatay.”
“Yung second risk is yung mga injury lang, pilay lang yun pero mabubuhay ka,” he added.
To avoid hypothermia, Garduce gave a short list of safety winter gears that Jopson needs to have.
“Complete winter gear,” he said. “Sapatos for one kailangan water proof na insulated; yung medyas kailangan magandang wool and may base layer na kayang tanggalin yung pawis mo kasi pwedeng mag frost bite yun; you have to have a whole bunch of jackets na kailangan hindi ka giginawin kung pwedeng three layers or four layers; complete headgear like yung eye system, balaclava, neck warmer, yung gloves dalawa or tatlo.”