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RacingThePlanet: Sri Lanka 2016 Blogs

What a week!!!!
19-Feb-2016 09:49:21 AM [(GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi]

Stage 6 done and dusted!  Last night we were informed that the 52km stage 6 was going to be made up of two components.  The first 4 checkpoints would be timed with the last 2 checkpoints untimed and ran in groups as we’d been given a world first permission to run through a part of Yala National park traditionally only open to safari trucks… Safety in number right!  I was informed that I had a about a 1hr 14min lead on Ralph (what the) at this same briefing.  A few fellow contestants suggested racing strategically with him and not doing anything risky to protect my lead.  Nah, I got the yellow bib racing my ass off and I was going to keep it racing my ass off.  When the start gun went I was off and I wasn’t taking any prisoners.  For every kilometer that went by, I felt stronger and stronger.  No pain just power! I felt like a man possessed out there. The Joeminator?– I am terribly sorry about that one guys, damn the backspace won’t work.   I crossed the finish in 1st place about 8mins clear of the USA.  I was then asked to pose for many photos with a line of Sri Lankan armed forces personnel . I think I get presented with the key to Colombo along with my trophy tomorrow night?  Once the next 6 competitors arrived at the finish we took off at a blistering snail’s pace and basically walked the remaining untimed section through the National Park and chatted and laughed about the amazing week that was, until the temperature shot into the 40’s then we just gritted the teeth as we plowed ahead.   Unfortunately no animal sightings to write home about… probably a good thing.


What a week!  I’ve never put so much of myself into a race and it’s a bloody good feeling to have come through the other side!  We have a 4km timed stage tomorrow and that’s all that stands between me and a 1st place finish, a medal, some hot food and beer… unless Ralph and Rafael sneak into my tent during the night and change my alarm to 10am haha.


Our last camp is on a beautiful beach, which I’ve already dived into.  I’ve got no food left until tomorrow but couldn’t care less.  All up today took about 8 hours – 3hrs for the first 32kms and 5hours for the killer untimed Death March through the national park.  I reckon today I’ve probable burnt about 6-7000 calories and I’ve consumed around 1200... I told you these races were really tough yesterday right?


Thanks for all the support everyone, love youse all!  Shoot off as many C De Ls as you like mum…  Lonsie, Maldives in 2 days baby, can’t wait x!


Thank you Sri Lanka!

Stage 5
18-Feb-2016 01:43:06 AM [(GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi]

Another one bites the dust!

My day started at about 3:30am when I woke up in a large puddle of orange sodium rich rain water. My vitamins, and remaining electrolytes all dissolved as the rain water slowly filled our tent.  I didn’t get back to sleep after that.  Today was penned in as a 30km stage.  This shorter distance lulled a few competitors into thinking it would be an easy day…  I knew it was going to be a tough 30km sprint and that’s how it panned out. Ralph from the USA took off, with me clinging on to his coat tails for dear life.  Me and a couple of the other Aussie competitors had placed our shoes and gear around the fire in an attempt to race in something that was damp and not soaked..  Our planned worked perfectly until about 1km onto the stage it started pouring rain.  Back to the race – I made my move on the first hill about 5kms in, hitting the lead and holding it (just) until the finish at 11am (3hrs).  The heat hit me hard at the end of the stage and it took about 10mins after finishing before I started to regain some life.  1 stage to go.  I’m ridiculously tired from a week of sleepless nights, my body, just like all the other competitors  is rapidly deteriorating from the massive daily calorie deficit – Feel it after about the first 20kms of each stage when my body has nothing else to draw fuel from than itself.  My mind is still strong and I plan on leaving nothing out there tomorrow…  Thanks for the support everyone it all helps.  Yes, I have been getting your emails Lonsie, thanks BJM!

These races are so ridiculously hard but so are the Aussies.



Stage 4
17-Feb-2016 03:30:27 AM [(GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi]

Full throttle!

I was presented with my yellow leaders jersey (bib) during this morning’s stage briefing to a rapturous applause from about 4 other competitors and a stray dog. Ritta made the comment that she was ‘running out’ due to the race lead changing 3 times in 3 days…  I caught a glimpse of my yellow jersey in the reflection of another runner’s sunnies as I walked away and really liked the colour on me, as it did wonders in complimenting by baby blues.  For that reason and that reason  only I decided I wasn’t giving it up today!  From the start gun to the wobbly finish I pushed hard!  I didn’t look back once because I didn’t need to. When you know you know.  The course was beautiful again but it’s a bit of blur. I was fighting a mental battle that required my undivided attention.  I crossed the finish of today’s 46km stage in 5hrs:04mins about 30+minutes clear of 2nd place, a great time considering I still had about 7kgs on my back and 3 marathons under the belt (with considerably more weight). Foot held up although a river crossing 20kms and wet shoes have added a few blisters.. A minor speed bump.  Tomorrow the game plan will be the same as today.  Wake up, race my ass off.  Thanks for all the messages guys I’ve got them all, great boost to my shattered mental state.  Much love, Joey

Stage 3
16-Feb-2016 02:26:00 AM [(GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi]

Welcome to the jungle…

I don’t think I’ve ever felt as alive as I did today running through the jungle after checkpoint 1.  I farewelled my trusty companion, a little jack russell who follows me to the first checkpoint every day and entered the jungle.. This was proper Sri Lankan jungle and as I was alone at the front of the pack!  At times I felt like a big juicy t-bone on display at the meat market and at other times I just found myself completely present in my surroundings, loving every minute of it.  I ran past a couple of soldiers and then a few 100 metres later as I entered the tall reeds BOOM!  A big baby elephant a metre to my right jumped out of its skin, with me having a similar reaction.  Sam had said at checkpoint 1 that if you see an elephant back away slowly, but I was already past it and it sounded very agitated so I didn’t stay around for a selfie.  The next 500 metres through the thick reeds I think I forgot to breathe as the thought that mum and dad could be not far away had me sprinting like a lunatic.  Then sounds started about a minute after my encounter to scare the (what turned out to be 3 elephants away).

The course was great but tough. I gambled and decided to push harder through the scorching heat and it paid off, as I took out the stage in 1st place.  I honestly just love the fact that I’m running through a beautiful country, where I finish means a whole lot less… Who am I kidding haha I love a bit of healthy competition!

Thanks for the emails! I hope you’re seeing the blogs.

Not long until the Maldives L-Bug X.

Peppermint tea time!


Stage 2 - Don’t go chasing waterfalls!
15-Feb-2016 03:36:05 AM [(GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi]

Today was a good day… Today was an extremely tough day.  I thought yesterday’s course was absolutely stunning but wow, today was equally spectacular.  The course began with us snaking our ways around the sides of some stunning mountains, with breathtaking views in every direction – Picture the opening helicopter flight into Jurassic Park 1.  We even had the privilege of running under the world’s largest waterfall*.  As we descended our quads screamed for some respite but unfortunately they never got it because if we weren’t going down we were climbing up… Brutal.  The humidity was suffocating for the final 10kms as we entered the jungle but I managed to push through for 2nd place alongside Ben ze German. From now until the coast it is going to be close to 40 degrees with humidity at close to 100%, perfect running conditions *cough cough*!. Foot is smashed up and hurts like hell but won’t stop me, maybe just slow me down a little!  Goodnight!

p.s. Lost my spoon so I’m using my toothbrush as a makeshift freeze dried food shovel.

Not actually the world’s largest waterfall* 

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