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RacingThePlanet: Ecuador 2015 Blogs

Stage 4
30-Jul-2015 03:44:49 AM [(GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi]

Day 4 done. It was tough but enjoyed it…plenty of up and down, shuffling around the crater of a volcano (not active if you read this mother) and met/shuffled for most of the day with a legend. Camp for the night is ‘different’, currently sat in the cyber church (it a church we have taken over for the medical and cyber area.) No tents tonight just 20+ of us on the concrete floor of a barn/classroom and its chilly at 3400 metres. Should be a snug night pre the final 62km tomorrow. Bring it on!

Ben
Energy: 9/10 so many inspiring people today on a long tough stage.
Feet: ceasefire, no better no worse. Tomorrow will no doubt be the decider.
Unusual incident: met a legend and he spurred me on today to a respectable finish and downhill running – Stan…heaviest pack in the race and a veteran of multiple races. We started shuffling and chatting and stayed together most of the day. He carries 6 cans of coke with him (and a lot of other food he loves so has a 20kg pack) and was a gentleman and shared his daily can with me. Legend.

Dilpa
Energy: she’s still out there so I am writing for her today – its 7pm and she was up at 4am so im thinking she may need her dinner soon…but she was her bubbly wonderful self when I arrived at the camp/ she is a legend.
Adapting to the outdoors: hmm not sure today but she seems to have taken everything in her stride and got on with it…v proud of her. (there was also rumours of her walking a leg of the course tomorrow…more on that tomorrow!)

Ps big thank you for the emails and blog posts everyone…after a tough day they are fantastic. Thank you

Day 3
29-Jul-2015 03:43:50 AM [(GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi]

Well having experienced the Inca trail today I can safely say those Incas were good at climbing hills/mountains. Started the day in near freezing conditions and full fog. Ended the day in bright sunshine and added to the tan/pinkness. Yes Mr Pike there may be a new nickname there J (thanks for the message – I am dreaming of wispa golds)

Probably the most beautiful trail I have shuffled on, although climbing up and down valleys and gorges was tough. Some incredible people here and really spurred me on today seeing how focused they are.

Day 4 is looming with pretty much 100% up for 40km and 1200m gain. Bring it on!

Ben
Energy: 9/10
Feet: 5.5/10 looking more like tape than feet. We have an agreement – they hurt like hell and the family of blisters on each feet punish me in camp and if I stop on the course but if I take paracetamol regularly and the essential peanut m&m every hour they just throb and don’t make me cry.

Unusual incident: Quote from the doctor ‘your feet are like one big blister’ and also my tent mate tripping over on a steep trail today and wiping me out…landing in a pile of rucksacks and adding a grazed hand to the injury slate.

Dilpa
Energy: 9/10 good sleep and day out t check point 3 aka disco checkpoint at the entrance to the Inca trail – great view!
Adapting to outdoor life: 8/10 weirdly got used to not washing my hair for three days. Also ate dinner out of a bag last night…but also had a fresh avocado in my big bag which was more delicious than ever. Getting up at 4am, drinking tea in front of a bonfire every morning and special k with uht milk out of my aluminium cup has somehow become normal.

Stage 2
28-Jul-2015 01:31:16 AM [(GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi]

Day 2 done. Feet suffering but doctors have patched them up. It was a beautiful 42km today and the first mountain climb…thank you matt chapman for the poles. They were fantastic and I will be clicking along with them tomorrow J Bring on day 3!

Thanks for the comments on the blog and emails. Much appreciated!

Ben
Energy: 8/10 feel good
Feet: 6.5/10 beginning to shred
Unusual incident: sending some of the volunteers back to check on what I thought was a dead body by the road under blanket…to then be told he was just drunk and sleeping it off…at 4pm on a Monday. Fair play.

Dilpa
Energy: 9/10 although I was up at 4am two days in a row
Adapting to outdoor life: 8/10 wore 6 layers of clothes today and that was just my upper body

Stage 1
27-Jul-2015 07:20:37 AM [(GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi]

Day 1 done…ended up being longer than expected at just over 47km. Took it easy and feeling pretty good. Few blisters started to come up so the real pain starts tomorrow.
Dilpa is still working hard while I am about to enjoy the pleasures of freeze dried food – she was up at 5.30am and its 6.30pm. Both of us working hard!

Ben
Energy: 7/10 food needed
Feet: 7/10 some taping already and tomorrow will get interesting
Unusual incident: I didn’t eat all my snacks. Unheard of.     

 

 

 

           

 

 

Goodbye Houston, hello Quito!
24-Jul-2015 12:41:17 PM [(GMT-05:00) Bogota, Lima, Quito]

Carb loading in Houston went well (thanks Jess and Justin!) but now the main event is only a few days away. We landed at 8000ft in Quito (which is quite crazy in itself) and immediately felt the altitude and the cooler temperature. It was a nice change from the steam room of Singapore and sauna of Houston. Around 15 degrees.

It was great to stroll around the old town area of Quito yesterday and get used to the effects of altitude - slight headache all day and shortness of breath. Also forgot to put any sun tan lotion on as it was cloudy, that was a mistake as we are on the equator. Woke up this morning and feeling a little easier on the headache/breathing but with a pink glowing face.

Final packing for both of us today and then a visit to some volcanic thermal baths - last bit of relaxing before hitting the mountains. Bring it on! itching to get going now.

Ben
Energy levels: 10/10
Feet: 10/10
Injuries: None

Strange incident log: If you have a birthday in Quito at a restaurant they play a recording of a clock striking 6 o'clock, dim the lights and a guy in a KKK gown and hat (purple rather than white) pops up with a liquid nitrogen smoking ice cream cake. Classic.

Dilpa
Energy levels: 10/10
Feet: 10/10
Injuries: None
Handling outdoor life: Good so far but seems to have only warm clothes and tabasco sauce packed for the week. Currently trying to substitute something for real food on the final pack.

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