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13 - 19 May 2012

RacingThePlanet: Jordan 2012 Blogs

Day 2 Complete!
14-May-2012 07:55:16 AM [(GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi]

Hello from Jordan!

 

Today is a better day than yessterday.... I struggled a lot yesterday because I was dehydrated... I learned that salt tablet is not sufficient and I should take eletrolytes as well... I didn't bring any with me but fortunately a very nice competitor who withdrew from the race gave me his electrolytes, so I am saved!!!

 

The course today was 90% soft sand, so although it was only 36KM, it took me 8hours45 min to finish! Can you imagine? I normally run 42KM in 4hour15... it is so much harder for me to carry all the weight in my bag and soft sand .... Most people felt better today than yesterday... in the morning we were blessed by overcast so it was much cooler and no sun for the first 2 hours, however the sun came out after that and it got hot again... but certainly not as hot as yesterday... I was in good spirit the whole day, although it takes so long and I was amongst the last to finish the day... one bad news is that I discovered a blister on my tiny toe ... no wonder it hurts so much!!!

 

Thanks for all the mail you guys sent, you guys are awesome and I'm totally feeling the support :)

 

Tomorrow is 15th May - a very good friend, ex-boss, amazing woman TinHsien Tan's birthday... Happy birthday TinHsien, thanks for all the support all these years!!

 

I know in order for me to keep going in this race is to keep smiling... luckily I have locked up grumpy Irene in a closet in HK and didn't bring her with me... It's a tough day and I'm proud I walked 8hour45min on soft sand in the beautiful Wadi Rum! It is beautiful here, the landscape... and the stars at night! it's really my favourtie... since people go to sleep at 8pm here (everyone so tired and we wake up around 5am everyday) ..... when I can't sleep I can just look at the stars, truly amazing...

 

ok, time to fix that bloody blister !

23 COMMENTS

Bloody C Fu

Posted: 16-May-2012 01:26:16 AM

BIG HUG ! Congrats on your completion of Day 3 ! YC rocks !

MZ

Posted: 15-May-2012 10:45:37 PM

Congrats on completing S3, Irene! You seemed to be doing well. Very consistent timing and pace throughout so far! Keep up the fantastic effort! Thinking of you and be with you in spirit! Keep well girl and keep doing what you are doing - you are doing brilliant!

Tony

Posted: 15-May-2012 05:58:18 PM

Great job. saw you finished 3rd day with consistent time. only 3 more days to go!!!

Freeman

Posted: 15-May-2012 04:30:13 PM

給力 !!!儘力而為. 回來我請你喝酒 !!!!

Sabrina Leung

Posted: 15-May-2012 04:02:53 PM

Good to know that you're surviving great! Keep it up and finish the race. We'll be so proud of you! When you get back, hopefully I will be able to meet you up healthily!

Joey

Posted: 15-May-2012 03:19:06 PM

So proud of you! You go girl! Hug from Davin!

Vivi Kong

Posted: 15-May-2012 03:17:37 PM

One more great news for you, as of today, you have raised over HKD $111K for the Chi Heng foundation, so many friends out there are supporting you.

Vivi Kong

Posted: 15-May-2012 02:45:03 PM

I promised i won't post 10 copies of the same message again! =) It's so peaceful to enjoy the clear ski with the amazing stars, specially after a day of tough walking. After tomorrow, you will be half done! yay! I look forward reading your blog update each morning here. Hope your blaster go away real fast! talk to you in day 3!

John Lee

Posted: 15-May-2012 01:46:42 PM

1/3rd of the way there! Keep it up. You are really amazing. Enjoy the night sky.

HI

Posted: 15-May-2012 01:07:52 PM

Hi Irene... how was the race today.. We looked at the pics posted.. how was the stage through the canyon?? Glad you managed to procure yourself some salt tabs.. good stuff! Well , we are all looking forward to seeing those pics of you crossing that finish line. and to hear the stories! Keep it up Irene!! the clear nights must be fantastic!! banish the blister immediately !

Jenny

Posted: 15-May-2012 11:47:34 AM

Irene - great job on finishing day 2! So glad to hear it went better than day 1. And from here on, each day only gets better and better! Hope your pack is lightening and glad to hear you are enjoying yourself. Good luck for day 3!!!

Julia

Posted: 15-May-2012 11:01:00 AM

1/3 done!! Yippee!!!!! Keep up the spirit Irene !!!

Bloody C Fu

Posted: 15-May-2012 09:07:13 AM

Meow Yee and Meow Meow want to give you a BIG HUG ! They said they miss you a lot ! xoxoxoxox

Bloody C Fu

Posted: 15-May-2012 08:57:03 AM

BLOODY !!! I wish I can offer you a bloody mary when you cross the checkpoint every day ! Yes, keeping yourself in good spirit is the key to conquering this race ! In fact, you already have conquered yourself (your own fear) by signing up and particpating in this race. We are all proud of you - you have demonstrated to us what it means by "putting yourself to the ultimate challenge". I am sure you would have lots of inspirations under the starry starry sky ! Keep this in mind and share with us your experience when you are back !

Manning

Posted: 15-May-2012 07:38:57 AM

Irene - amazing progress! Keep up the focus and intensity -- really inspiring. It's amazing where you are and what you are doing!

Douglas Ho

Posted: 15-May-2012 07:11:09 AM

you are doing what most people couldn\\\'t even dream of! the sky at night must have been amazing, pick a star and make a wish. during the race you can always look forward to meeting the star again at night when you rest. Good luck and keep it up!

Douglas Ho

Posted: 15-May-2012 07:10:53 AM

you are doing what most people couldn\'t even dream of! the sky at night must have been amazing, pick a star and make a wish. during the race you can always look forward to meeting the star again at night when you rest. Good luck and keep it up!

Douglas Ho

Posted: 15-May-2012 07:10:38 AM

you are doing what most people couldn't even dream of! the sky at night must have been amazing, pick a star and make a wish. during the race you can always look forward to meeting the star again at night when you rest. Good luck and keep it up!

Shyanna

Posted: 15-May-2012 06:46:58 AM

Irene, we are all with you!!! Keep going!!! Take good care!!! Lots of luv, xoxoxoxoxoxoxo

Ho, M

Posted: 15-May-2012 06:14:07 AM

Hope u have a bleeding/wound-free day 3. very jealous of the clear sky and starry night!!! enjoy!

Michael

Posted: 15-May-2012 04:25:00 AM

Hey again, glad that you feel better and that you could find your rhythm. Me off to Shanghai as we speak but look forward to your next update. Keep going and smiling, Michael

Quincy

Posted: 15-May-2012 04:15:06 AM

Irene! Keep up the good work! Take good care of yourself and stay safe and have fun! Just remember you are not by a work desk and that you are in a place we all wish we have the opportunity to visit! Codlin says hi!

MZ

Posted: 15-May-2012 04:11:25 AM

Irene, congrats on completing another stage and getting back to camp safely! Fantastic work! I knew you would adapt quickly :) 36km on sand is not easy and you tackled it well, girl! Make sure you drain the blister and keep it dry and clean. You got the mental part down. Take good care of your feet and body too. Hope you get a good night sleep and rest up for more fun in the sand :) You will have to bring some sand back for me :) Enjoy the scenery! Have fun! Thinking of you and can't wait to see you complete S3 and read your report!

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13 years of professional experience in control functions within banking/ finance. Worked in GE Capital, Goldman Sachs, Lehman Brothers, Barclays Capital and most currently at Mount Kellett Capital.

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