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RacingThePlanet: Ecuador 2015 Blogs

Stage 1
27-Jul-2015 06:34:36 AM [(GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi]

I have made it in to Camp 1 and it had been an epic stage. Really long day 48km stage with a very heavy backpack (13kg), it was really difficult to run with such a heavy pack, I did manage to shuffle down the hill before Checkpoint 1 and catch a few people, but from then on I just walked at a brisk pace. I was really lucky to find Nicky and Alister (the most lovely South African couple) at Checkpoint 1 and stayed with them for the rest of the day. We moved at quite a brisk pace and did not stop until we got to camp.It has been a day of readjusting gear, wardrobe malfunctions, blisters and long dusty roads. We had the most beautiful view of Cotopaxi volcano following us and walked through several villages with very supportive locals.I’m feeling shattered, a bit of chest pain (musculoskeletal) and very sore feet. I will see how I wake up in the morning and I guess just get going for stage 2.I am off to eat my delicious freeze dry meal xxx

7 COMMENTS

Kate Holloway

Posted: 28-Jul-2015 12:45:03 AM

Hello Lovely! As always am a little late to find things! Had to ask Gareth if you had updated your blog!! Go girl! According to Gareth you are about to finish the second stage but here's well done to the first and hope you are feeling awesome for the second!! Such an amazing feat! Thinking of you x

Amanda Beech

Posted: 27-Jul-2015 11:08:57 PM

Good morning!!!! Well done on stage 1 - you are a star!!! The first day has to be the toughest as you settle in, get to see how your body reacts to the altitude, and the pack is the heaviest!!!!! But the more of those dried foodstuffs you eat, the lighter it'll get. Glad you have found fabulous South Africans to walk with- we are everywhere these days! It's so unreal thinking of you out there, doing such an incredible thing. I'm a little envious, although I don't think I'd be able to achieve something quite like this! Particularly as I'm sitting here waiting for my first menopause clinic patient to arrive..... 😀 Am I allowed to update you on Masterchef??? Last night was a fly by the edge of your pants finale!! I was on overtime but still managed to catch the highlights! Okay, must head to the waiting room - swift speed for tomorrow. May the rain clear and the dust lie still, and may your pack grow ever lighter! Xoxo

Tomas Vergara

Posted: 27-Jul-2015 10:43:45 PM

Great achievement! Tomorrow is shorter and not that much higher. Great you found supportive friends. Eat well and remember, pace yourself, one step at a time. Keep it up. Tomas

Blanca

Posted: 27-Jul-2015 01:10:37 PM

Que gran logro!!!! El primer día siempre es cuesta arriba, ahora seguir en tu journey pasito a pasito. Me enorgulleces tremendamente. Enjoy the scenery & to be THERe. 💕💕💕😘 Blanca

Antonia Hordern

Posted: 27-Jul-2015 12:46:55 PM

Congratulations! Stage one complete! Hope today goes well! Un abrazo enorme y vamos que se puede!! Antonia

Gareth Andrews

Posted: 27-Jul-2015 09:52:02 AM

Sorry for over zealous posting, Toby's still learning to use the internet.

Gareth Andrews

Posted: 27-Jul-2015 09:21:39 AM

Well done for getting through Stage 1, huge effort! You've just completed an ultramarathon, at altitude, with a heavy pack - so proud of you my darling, you've achieved so much already. Just keep going, the first day is always the hardest. Your pack will get lighter and you'll get used to the distances. We're with you every step of the way, thinking of you always. Looking forward to tomorrows update! Gareth and Toby X.

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