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RacingThePlanet: Sri Lanka 2016 Blogs

Stage 2
15-Feb-2016 02:08:55 AM [(GMT) Greenwich Mean Time: Dublin, Edinburgh, Lisbon, London]

That hurt!

A very tough start to the day with 12 kilometres through the Sri Lankan jungle. Unfortunately about half a in I slipped and took a dive into bushes some feet below me resulting in left leg stratched a lot, right leg hurts like hell and right should in lost. I kept going to the checkpoint, tried to get to the next but too much pain so I have pulled out. Hugely disappointed but lots of pain. So trying to get back to hotel tomorrow for some R&R.

It is nearly time
05-Feb-2016 05:17:57 AM [(GMT) Greenwich Mean Time: Dublin, Edinburgh, Lisbon, London]

There are just a couple of days until I fly out for a little R&R before the serious business begins. I am feeling pretty ready.

 

Due to a number of shoulder and heel problems training has not gone as hoped but I am feeling confident. I am some 6kg heavier than I would have liked so you will recognize me as the one with a blue tinged face as I suck in his stomach to hide the paunch when surrounded by lots of healthy, fit people.  

 

Living in a city it is inevitable that you will run passed a pub where the witty people will shout such useful motivational comments like  “…left, right, left right or “run Forest run” but there have been no real comedy moments as in previous years. For example having a van driver wait for me to get to him then open the door on my face (not funny at the time but was a few days later when recounting events to friends), seeing someone climb out of a flower bed at 5am on a Sunday morning who had clearly slept the night there or being accosted by a rather drunk lady wanting 40 pence for a bag of chips & was willing to be very friendly/intimate to get it.  There is still hope!

 

The final weight of the rucksack is going to be around 9.5Kg. Mandatory kit weights in at 4.5Kg, food at 3.5Kg and optional kit at 1.5Kg. I could shed a bit from the optional items but want to keep everything. I am having difficulty in getting everything in but a little more practice and we will be OK.

 

I am really looking forward to getting there and meeting everyone next week

PAUL COLLIS
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