Inspirational Motivational of the Day: Yesterday afternoon, British badass Felicity Aston successfully completed her treacherous 59-day trek across Antarctica, becoming the first woman to solo-ski the length of the continent’s icy terrain.
Armed with nothing but a pair of skis, a pair of poles, and her arms, Aston dragged two sledges across 1,084 miles from Leverett Glacier to Hercules Inlet. “When I saw the coastal mountains that marked my end point for the first time, I literally just stopped in my tracks and bawled my eyes out,” Aston said.
A meteorologist by trade, the Kentish woman had been tweeting her record-setting schlep. “Just in case I was in danger of feeling sentimental, a violent wind has appeared from nowhere and is beating the tent like the bad old days,” she wrote her followers while awaiting a lift back to base camp after crossing the finish line.
Speaking of the hardships she endured along the way, Aston said the “mental side” was tougher than the physical side. “Being alone sounds like such a simple thing, but when was the last time you spent a whole day without seeing any person?”
[ap / guardian / @felicity_aston.]