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Stage 2 – Journey to Illinizas
28-Jul-2015 04:17:46 AM [(GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi]

Hi all!

Feeling better again today – still not 100%, but getting there. Took it super easy today as after about 14km we had a massive incline to get up, and I wanted to pay back the kindness of the people who kept me company yesterday. Turns out altitude still agrees with me, though I’m a little on the slow side on the uphills still. That’s ok though, I’m still coming in before cutoffs with time to spare and I’m not pushing it, so all good. Might see if I can speed things up tomorrow a bit, because day 4 will likely be tough.

Good things from today:
Ake took the leader bib! Proud of him J And from what I’ve heard, still has it after today!
Altitude is still fine.
2ish km of single track along some cliffs was pure awesome.
Managed to get my timing expectations right all day.
In general, feeling good.
Got to walk with dois brasilieros, tambem. Carlos e Jane. Muito divertido! Apprendade poco Portuguese, haha. And that’s all I can manage because of altitude and calorie deficit. Desculpe!

Shoulders are sore, feet are sore, knees and ankles are fine! Shoulders and feet are to be expected so all good. Two tiny blisters, which is also fine. Hoping I don’t have a third, but priorities are food first, lovely freeze dried meal haha.

Ok, food, stretch, sleep. Camp is up on a ridge, bit chilly.
Oh! And I think the locals think we are hilarious. Been greeted and chatted with them (in portunol) and had photos haha. Lots of fun!
Tchau!

6 COMMENTS

celiamar lengler

Posted: 28-Jul-2015 03:05:35 PM

Vamos lá Kristina!!!Estamos torcendo por ti!!!Melhoras!!!Saudades!!!Beijos

Lorraine Arthur

Posted: 28-Jul-2015 10:26:55 AM

Hi, glad you are feeling better. The photos the organisers are putting up are amazing - beautiful scenery especially around the volcano. Yes we are following Ake also. He is doing really well also with his times. I and Granddad have sent him congratulations messages. Not bad after all that walking only having two tiny blisters - hope it stays that way. Mike B and Carole are following race as well. Nicole had both Bella and Tigger sitting on her tonight - that was a first as they still don't like each other that much and when Nicole was holding Tigger today Bella didn't like it then Tigger turned and spat at Bella. Hope the weather stays fine and not wet like Iceland will make it so much better to walk in. Hope Stage 3 goes ok and you can get some calories down. Mum xxxxx

Jetteke Peeters

Posted: 28-Jul-2015 05:46:41 AM

Kris, you are one tough lady. Really awesome that you are doing this, respect!

Chanelle Dorset

Posted: 28-Jul-2015 05:16:25 AM

Good on you for pacing yourself and doing so well. Keep this up - you're amazing kiddo!

Graham Eric Piggott

Posted: 28-Jul-2015 04:48:45 AM

You are coming up to the Rubicon, pace and nourish yourself. Love G/Dadxxxx

Graham Eric Piggott

Posted: 28-Jul-2015 04:47:45 AM

You are coming up to the Rubicon, pace and nourish yourself. Love G/Dadxxxx

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