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RacingThePlanet: Sri Lanka 2016 Blogs

The road from Ecuador to Sri Lanka
29-Jan-2016 05:13:49 AM [(GMT+10:00) Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney]

Hi everyone,

There must be a Racing The Planet race coming up, why else would there have been a packet of instant mashed potato and a brick of 2 minute noodles in my shopping trolley last night? Time to get my blog happening.

Like my road from Madagascar to Ecuador, the path from Ecuador to Sri Lanka has been challenging. In fact, a couple of months ago I was thinking I'd be lucky to make it to the start line, and making it to the finish line was an even more distant and lofty aim.

Soon after returning from Ecuador something happened in my lower back and this meant that instead of spending time out on the trails running like mad, I was in a chiropractor clinic having my back stretched out on some kind of traction machine that looked if it came from Guantanamo Bay. I couldn't run, and I couldn't even sit for more than 10 minutes at a time. I was worried about whether I could even get to Sri Lanka on an economy class passenger seat. Then I thought that if I'm concerned about not being able to sit in a comfortable aircraft seat with food and drink being handed to me on request by an attendant, how am I supposed to run 250km self supported across some tropical savannah in sweltering heat?

I had to get my back fixed.

To cut a long story short, the fix was an epidural injection in November and that was the turning point, giving me about 12 weeks to recover and get back in form for the race. I've been gradually increasing my running programme since then, and now, with just over 2 weeks to go, I'm ready. The back is much better and I have put in enough miles of training in the past month to front up in Sri Lanka with a realistic hope of making it to the finish without my body falling apart.

Where there's a will there's a way.

I'm looking forward immensely to getting out of the office and into the tea plantations, waterfalls and wildlife reserves for which Sri Lanka is famous. I'm also really looking forward to meeting another group of like minded and motivated individuals who have chosen to take on this challenge. And of course I'm looking forward to meeting the team of organisers and volunteers from Racing The Planet again soon.

See you there!

Ashley

 

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