How have you been preparing - mentally and physically?
Mentally it has been easy, I just keep saying to myself that it will be unbelievable, amazing and hard, which helps to keep me in a state of nervous anticipation and excitement. Physically it has been a little more complicated; there is no room for jokes here, this is an extreme physical challenge, one for which one must prepare thoroughly. I have been following a specially designed fitness program which will get harder and harder as the expedition draws near. And apart from that I have below-zero training scheduled for next winter. I will go back to train in Harbin, the “Ice City” in the north of China, and will undergo more advanced training in Norway and Greenland, assisted by professional polar trainers.