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13 - 19 May 2012

RacingThePlanet: Jordan 2012 Blogs

Last Night in Comfort
11-May-2012 12:21:02 PM [(GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi]

Good evening from My nice cozy comfy bed in Amman and for the last night for awhile. Today was another pretty restful day yet with a stomach full of butterflies. These pre race days/hours are great to rest the body but also tough because everyone is anxious to get going! Last night I either made a great decision or a bad mistake...I read thru several competitor blogs and quickly felt a sense of 'freak out' coming over me. I was feeling pretty good about the weight of my pack, having gone thru my gear several times and was down more then 2kg from what it weighed last year in Chile, BUT after reading the other blogs I realised I could get lighter. It's so impressive how light some people are able to get their packs. I was dreaming about it all night, so over coffee this morning Fred and I were relentless about getting rid of things we felt we could live without...as the week nfolds we will know if made good decisions, but unlike doing one of these races solo when there is 2 of you, you can share. Not sure what my weight is now but likely around 9kg, the moment of truth will be tomorrow at check in. All of the competitors have arrived and they are certainly easy to spot...all of the uber fit people, wearing the latest coolest sports gear mauling about in the hotel. We have heard that several people have lost luggage and not sure if they will get it in time....so this afternoon would have been a bit of a scavenger hunt to replace missing gear. The good thing is that between the race organisers and other competitors ther is lots of extra gear and food as mot people travel with extra and then take stuff out just before the race. Up pretty early tomorrow, briefing at 8am check in at 10 then bus leaves for camp 1 at noon ans we will travel 4-5 hrs to camp 1. Long drive but a good chance to rest the legs, sleep and take in the amazing views. Upon camp 1 arrival will be settling in, getting ready for stage 1 and trying to get a good nights sleep. Signing off for now, until my next update likely at the end of day 1 deep from the Wasi Rum... Bye!!!
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Sandra

Posted: 14-May-2012 10:28:10 AM

Hi, my dear friends! I wrote a letter to you bright and early this morning, but it didn't post! :( Through the struggles, I hope you've been feeling my good wishes and energy being sent your way. You both are the real "powerbars". Keep on going! Love you! Sandra

Amanda Lewis

Posted: 13-May-2012 06:59:35 PM

Day 1 is over and your results look like you had a good day! In order to help you pass some of the long hours I've decided to give you something to think about each day. Tomorrow while you pass the kilometers and hours you can think and about and discuss with each other this very important topic. If a cow laughed real hard, would milk come out her nose? Thinking of you! Love you both! Amanda

Kelly

Posted: 13-May-2012 10:58:00 AM

By the way...it's Mother's Day here in the U.S. Just wanted to wish you a happy one! Sammy and Zuli couldn't ask for a better mom! :)

Kelly and Chris

Posted: 13-May-2012 10:52:45 AM

Hi Lisa and Fred! You've already started, we hope your first day went well! We look forward to watching your progress during the week. Stay strong!

Chris

Posted: 13-May-2012 03:25:18 AM

Have a great one guys! Wish I was there. Pictures look amazing! Can't wait to see the ones of you on the course.

Dave and Deb

Posted: 13-May-2012 03:17:32 AM

Love reading your blog Lis. Have a great run!

Ros Pause

Posted: 12-May-2012 10:08:23 AM

Lisa & Fred, by the time you get to read this chances are you'll have finished day 1, here's hoping it went really well. I wish you both the very best for this your second RTP challenge & look forward to following your progress once again. Good luck & God speed Ros xx

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LISA BIFFIN
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Worked in mobile telecomm industry for over 10 years before deciding it was time to try something entirely different. My love & passion for sports & fitness led me to study to get my personal training certification, followed by a lifestyle weight management certification & most recently YA yoga teacher certification (to be complete in June 2012).

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Riga, Latvia (current residence)

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Loved my first experience with RTP AC 2011,
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