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RacingThePlanet: Sri Lanka 2016 Blogs

High School Running Weight
19-Feb-2016 09:20:20 AM [(GMT-07:00) Mountain Time(US & Canada)]

Getting ready to go to sleep here on the beach on an island in the Indian Ocean and trying to process this intensive experience. Our longest day of the week led to a lot of suffering and pain for everyone. I had a good day performance wise, but I’m running on fumes, literally. My body has consumed itself to generate the energy to race, and it hasn’t been replenished properly in a week. I’m participating in a medical study for the race docs, so they are weighing me and taking my blood work. I rolled into our final camp at 148 lbs. Doc said I’m fine…just slightly dehydrated (already fixed) and need to consume every hamburger put in front of me. So grateful we are going to be done tomorrow so I can eat, and eat, and eat.

 

This thing has pushed me to my limits, not over them, but right to the line. Physically and mentally.

 

We have a very short ceremonial sprint along the rocky shoreline to the Finish Line tomorrow am. Then a giant celebration and a 6 hour bus ride back to civilization, the hotel and Dee. Miss everyone!

My Floating Air Mattress
18-Feb-2016 01:51:46 AM [(GMT-07:00) Mountain Time(US & Canada)]

Did I say it was hot and humid yesterday? Holy cow! Then the rains started last evening soaking absolutely everything. I was sleeping on my air mattress that had so much water under it inside our tent that I might have been floating. It was a really grumpy morning when I got up with only 1 hour sleep and had to put on drenching clothes and shoes. Took me while, but I finally got in a better mood before the stage started at 8am. ‘Short’ day but very similar to yesterday with the beating environmental conditions of the tropics and long rolling dirt and paved roads. Definitely don’t like this terrain as much as the high mountains. Oppressive is the best way to describe it.

Camp is great! Meeting lots of really cool people. Lots of interesting stories in between our discussions of our various aches, pains, injuries, blisters, etc.

Food sucks. We are all under-caloried due to the super heavy workload combined with having to carry everything ourselves. Plus it’s all processed, packaged and dehydrated. Nothing real. I started the race at a lean 160 lbs, and I’ve already lost 8 lbs. (the Docs have a scale). Lots and lots of eating and drinking to recover when I’m finished.

Tomorrow is the longest day thru Yala National Park. We have to run in packs. And I believe we get armed jeep escorts to protect us from the animals (none of which I’ve actually seen yet).

Later.

Coconuts & Crouch Chafe
17-Feb-2016 02:45:29 AM [(GMT-07:00) Mountain Time(US & Canada)]

Sitting here enjoying a fresh coconut and trying to recover. Tough day – hardest so far for me at least. The heat (90+ degs), humidity (basically 100%) and rolling roads led to a grinding effort. If anyone has ever seen me come out of a hot yoga session, you know how completely soaked in dripping sweat I get. Now multiple that by 7 hours and throw in a waist deep river crossing. Wet all day, and now I will need to nurse some really bad chafing in places that no one wants to experience. We have a “short” day tomorrow of less than 20 miles. Hope to heal a bit and try to recover.

Stage 3 - Buddha in the Jungle
16-Feb-2016 04:13:39 AM [(GMT-07:00) Mountain Time(US & Canada)]

Today was awesome. I felt like this was this first day that I ran entirely within myself. Managed all my bio systems better than the previous 2 days and came into camp feeling strong with gas left in the tank (unlike yesterday). I think I was in 9th place with a solid time. It was very hard, but the lower jungle course was stunning. Lots of climbing on single track again on machete cut paths…and at the end of one section we came out upon huge cliff carvings of Buddha. Late in the race we ran through a busy village when all the school kids were out on the streets cheering for us and telling us to run faster. Definitely a highlight. All the smiles were contagious!

We are down now on the ‘relative’ flats with rolling terrain. The fast road runners will surely overtake me, but I’m super psyched about my performance so far. Feeling really good about the experience.

Namaste

Did that just happen!?!?
14-Feb-2016 04:05:37 AM [(GMT-07:00) Mountain Time(US & Canada)]

Smile! Then do it again. Not sure what just happened today, but it did. It was real.

So what does one do when your pre-race strategy is to go out slow and hide mid-pack, and then one is dumbfounded to find oneself to be in the lead at checkpoint #1 without realizing it? The race started with almost the entire field missing the first turn. After climbing over ½ mile, everyone realized the mistake. Complete carnage as the field reversed course to run back down to the correct turn. When I hit CP #1, my watch said I had run 8.8 miles instead of the 6.6 official miles, and I was in the lead. What the hell!?!? I felt like the rogue Frenchman in the Tour de France that finds himself leading the stage, and I didn’t deserve to be there. But time to fly and dig deep. Wow!

So…I changed strategy and decided let’s see what will happen. Simply unbelievable. I crossed the Stage 1 finish line in first place hours later after battling brutal jungle trail conditions. Never seen anything like it…hand cut by machete trail that literally slowed us to a crawl for miles as we climbed over, under and through the obstacles.                                                                                         

I’m grateful beyond belief for the epic day. The lead won’t last very long, because there are an amazing bunch of real athletes here that will soon overtake me. But I couldn’t be more deeply and profoundly thankful for this experience and all of the support back home! Namaste.

SCOTT ANDREWS
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Retired entrepreneur and venture capitalist.

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