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RacingThePlanet: Sri Lanka 2016 Blogs

Stage 2
15-Feb-2016 03:53:27 AM [(GMT+10:00) Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney]

Thorin Oakenshield: “What choice do we have?”

Gandalf: “None. Run. RUUUUN!”

Dear all,

Due to failure to get a satellite connection you may be late receiving my Day 1 update.

Today was Day 2 and I was the 9th runner to enter camp in a field of 75 starters.

Today we lost a lot of altitude but there was nevertheless some substantial climbing. From the high tea plantations we followed a narrow old road down and out of the highlands and into tropical jungle. A tree branch moved, it was a monkey jumping from one branch to the next. It was disgustingly humid and all runners were drenched to the bone in their own sweat. This is where you need to manage your electrolyte intake carefully or suffer.

It rained once as I marched along a narrow road through the humid forest. This wasn’t the cooling refreshing rain of home that brings the bush to life. This was just the sky sweating. The temperature of the rain is the same as that of my sweat.

The countryside is amazing, tiny hamlets, hidden tea farms, little houses nestling in the jungle. We passed Sri Lanka’s tallest waterfall. We are so far off the beaten track here we are seeing the real Sri Lanka, remote farm life, people come out and cheer, we are deeply engrossed in this country and there is no escape but to run. Run and walk and run. And one day soon we will reach the ocean and it will come to an end and only memories will survive.

My time is limited at this laptop so must keep my update short. I was very tired coming into camp today, legs really feeling the miles and when I got to camp hot and soaked in sweat I lay flaked out under a canopy and drank water with saline powder in it, then slowly began to eat and to try to recover as quickly as possible before tomorrow’s 44km of jungle running. This is going to be tough.

Until my next update, with love

Ashley

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Why are you competing?
Sometimes I ask myself that very question. I do
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