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13 - 19 May 2012

RacingThePlanet: Jordan 2012 Blogs

Stage 4
16-May-2012 06:52:49 AM [(GMT) Greenwich Mean Time: Dublin, Edinburgh, Lisbon, London]

Day 4 - done - phew! Today was a Buzz Lightyear day - there were glimpses beyond the infinity glass. Moments when the horizon was (briefly) below us, rather than above - yes, there were times when we actually ran downhill! Even moments when the sand was hardpacked and even, yes even, some rock and hard packed earth. But like all desert mirages it was fleeting. It wasn't long until we returned to our friend the infinity glass.

 

So what really happened? We started well. Ran solidly for 2 hours. Cleared the first checkpoint in about 1 hour 15, which is good running in an undulating desert (today I logged 47c at 3pm). Coming in to checkpoint 2, about 2 hours in, the horizon shifted ever upwards and the sand grew ever softer. No idea how long it went on - maybe 40 mins maybe more. It was horrid. I hit the wall hard. It was head and heart breaking stuff. The jog became a walk. The walk became a weave. The next stage was KO. We struggled on (me really, Blain and Soph appeared to be holding things together better than me). We finally made CP2 and I was spent. There wasn't much left in the tank and I wasn't sure the tank still took fuel. Alina (one of the organisers) asked me if I was ok and I nearly - very nearly - burst in to tears. It took a second to speak - had I tried sooner it wouldn't have been words coming out of my body.

 

Now, I know I may worry folk by telling that story but you mustn't worry. In fact, it is a good news story. I trucked on, told the team the real position and we adjusted our pace like the dream team we are. I had a word with myself, suffered for another hour or so, and gradually came right. In fact so right I led the sprint about 1 km from the end. And I mean a real sprint. Probably faster than we have run all week. I actually felt like I was flying. It is a rare feeling - I have only ever had it before at the end of the Loch Ness marathon. I imagine it is some sort of terminal last stage of functioning but I prefer the alternative. We worked through the fatigue, fuelled well, recovered and I came right. So, a long explanation to say all is fine!

 

Tomorrow is the big one - but it's also the last day - just get it done I say!

 

Great to read all your messages. The satellite link is only once or twice a day so messages and blogs are probably a little slow. Great to hear from Team eXtreme - you need to be here! And loving the Olswang emails. Hope I left all the work files in good shape! Cheers for holding the fort and could someone send some photos to Gary - he reckons he hasn't seen any and I wouldnt want him to miss my current satorial style - but do thank him for is email.

 

Mum and Dad - thanks for the quotes. I repeated Granny's one more than a few times today!  Glad to hear the kids are enjoying it Carlene and Anthony - it's quite a spot out here. Good that they are enjoying Blain's blog. He is a top guy and doing well. Soph is also rocking.

 

And cheers for your email Ivor and Jill. Back in your running day you would have had this course Ivor.Casino loved your choice of cheese based restaurant - you will be proud of me. I have just had a slice of parmesan - bliss! Tell Tommy to email me or I shall be very cross. Nicki, sooo good to get your emails.Tell Finlay that Daddy saw lots of Camels today, and even some baby Camels. He would have been very excited. You should also tell him about the two sweeper camels that bring up the rear - and if you're last you gotta stay in front of them - the stuff of nightmares! Sorry to hear about the 5am wake up calls. But I did love his twinkle twickle strategy. Not long until I am back to share the load. And don't worry about me, I am being very safe. We are taking things sensibly and aiming for a full team finish and win. Not getting caught up in dangerous races for time or position.

 

Righto - time to start thinking about my dehydrated shepards pie...god I am tired of the food. Not much fun shoveling it down but its got to be done!

 

So, next blog after the long day. Its going to be super long. This year it is 90km which is about 10km more than previous so my next blog may be a while away - but you will get it and I will have finished.Bring it on.

 

L.

2 COMMENTS

Borny

Posted: 17-May-2012 07:47:07 AM

Short of words... And of breath just reading your chronicles!! Simply awesome bro... Loving the read.. Supermen and women springs to mind... Keep up the good work.. Keep safe X

Kristin Davis

Posted: 17-May-2012 02:33:03 AM

Inspiring story, Cam. How you hit the proverbial wall and then it bounced you forward. Goes to show: this game is mental more than physical. You three are tough as nails and make us proud to cheer you on. By the time you get this you will be done the long day and then its smooth sailing on aching, tired and blistered feet. Straight to the end where you three can bask in the glory of first place team. And where you can eat some real food ;) Enjoy your final days in the desert!

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