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RacingThePlanet: Iceland 2013 Blogs

A quick end to ny adventure - medical DQ
05-Aug-2013 03:21:40 AM [(GMT-05:00) Eastern Time(US & Canada)]

Hi folks. Sad to report, but my Iceland racing days are over already. I got medically DQed by the race doctors after stage 1, for hypothermia. It was crazy cold this morning again, below freezing. And even during the first stage, we had 100+ kph winds. It tooks a couple hours in a warm car before I stopped shivering. There have been a lot of medical DQs, and withdrawals, today, and they are expecting more as people keep coming in. They had to reroute the course again today bc of the weather, and move the campsite. We are on a farm! All arranged last minute. The finish line wasnt even set up when the first few guys finished. And they were an hour plus slower than yesterday, which should tell you how rough the course was.

I may have to stay at camp tonight, but then i think i will head back to the city. Take a shower, do some sightseeing, go to a spa... And then meet up with Kristin after the race for more vacationing.

Thanks for all your support (tho i still havent been able to read your messages) and sorry to disappoint. At least i did the first 28.5 miles on day 1. And I’ll have some great photos to show off when i get home!
Day 1 Survived
04-Aug-2013 05:08:06 AM [(GMT-05:00) Eastern Time(US & Canada)]

Hi everyone. First off, they’ve been unable to download your messages sent through the website so far, so I’m looking forward to reading them tomorrow. (But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t send more!) Hope all is well at home. It’s weird to be totally out of digital contact with the world.

 

So, I survived the first day! They decided to move the camp on Saturday morning (before we got out there) because of sudden wind and rain. And our new location for last night was still super cold with strong winds and occasional rain. Hard to get good sleep when your tent’s trying to lift off and everyone is freezing!

 

We set off at 8am this morning, with much the same weather. Today’s course was supposed to involve a waist high water crossing at about mile 6, but I guess they realized we’d all die of hypothermia and re-routed the course a different way instead. We did 28.5 miles, all on rocky “jeep” roads. Rough going. I got blisters on the sides of both heels – a new place for me. Not fun. The medical staff basically glued some special tape on them, so hopefully that will hold up for the rest of the race. Today took me a bit over 9 hours, I think. Slower than I wanted, but at least I was not the LAST person! Tomorrow’s another 28.5 day, then 25 and 24 (roughly), and then 42! And then a day off, and then just the last 6 miles to end at the Blue Lagoon. I think we’re all looking forward to a soak in the hot springs there already.

 

Okay, I think that’s all for now. Hugs to everyone. --Kris

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