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RICKSON D’SOUZA (IND)

“I want to cry and I want to laugh”

My name is Rickson D’souza. I am a Life Insurance advisor to High Performing Entrepreneurs.

I was formerly a morbidly obese 34 year old weighing 130 kg about 7 years ago. I underwent a Bariatric sleeve surgery to correct this weight gain and then got into fitness. I have been training for the last 7 years but only took up running about 2 years ago in preparation for the 33rd MDS last year. I did participate and I finished (676th, 49:50:04).

My motivation for running MDS this year has to do with the fact that I want to finish stronger. I want to disconnect form the world for 10 days and I want to push my body and my mind to its limits to see what comes out of it. I feel a lot of confidence knowing that if I can run across the most unhostile terrain in the world I can do anything.

Running the 33rd edition last year gave me a lot to think about. I was able to emotionally deal with a lot of things that I wasn’t able to deal with in my normal busy life. It made me feel lighter. I feel like I need an experience like this every year. Something that pushes my limits.

I’m back again this year because I have some unfinished business. I want to do the long stage alone. I want to cry and I want to laugh… I want to break down and I want to see the dark place my mind can go to.

Rickson cried, laughed, and he finished 468th in 43:13:55.

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