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13 - 19 May 2012

RacingThePlanet: Jordan 2012 Blogs

Humpty Dumpty
18-May-2012 03:22:53 AM [(GMT-04:00) Atlantic Time(Canada)]

Well finished off the 90km climb, got lost for a bit in the heat and ended up doing another 2km in the wrong direction and 2km back so a 94km day, time was 18 hours and some small change. Was trying to finish in the top 50 last night but ended up somewhere in the low 60s. Getting stronger everyday, I just need another week and I think I can wear the rest of them down (just kidding)

 

Here is a recap:

 

Night before the race we ended up spending most of our time trying to keep our tent from blowing away in the sandstorm, made for an eventful evening and while it may have affected everybody elses sleep it was business as usual for me. Woke up ready to go and decided to push it from the beginning and let the chips fall where they may. Stage 3 was a tight canyon that had to be 50 degrees, it felt like it does when you open the oven door and get a blast of hot air, it lasted 2 hours and I was begging for a hill so I could make up some time....Stage 4, the climb out of the canyon...700m climb, careful what you wish for. The rest of the stages were beautiful and alternating climbs and descents on mountain goat paths in the dark all the way back to camp. 

 

Short 5.6km tomorrow morning to finish, should be a blast. We are now camped above Petra and are all chomping at the bit to get going again

 

The word from the veterns here, and there are a lot of them, this race has been one of the most difficult that they've done, except for the race in Australia a few years ago, glad I didn't get short changed.

 

Have to keep focused for tomorrow, not going to break any records but want to finish strong. I'm planning on taking the lead during the celebratory party, that'll teach them. I'm also trying to get them to add a bench press and power clean portion for tomorrows race, they don't like the idea.

 

Sarah, there's a local tribesman here doing a falcon demonstration and it looks like my falcon techniques are sound. I'm going to go practice.

 

Thanks for all the comments, keep them coming.

 

Why did Humpty Dumpty fall off the wall? He took his eye off the prize, that's why.

22 COMMENTS

MJ

Posted: 19-May-2012 11:44:22 AM

I have always loved watching adventure races on tv and thinking how crazy and awesome the people were doing them. Now, I can't believe that I actually know one of those crazy awesome people. Well, actually I can because you are Aaen, the guy since I have met him whom never gives up, no matter what! Congrats buddy,enjoy the after glory. I am so proud of you. This will be all the buzz in Freddy...WOW!!!

Eugene and Paula

Posted: 19-May-2012 11:16:50 AM

Amazing, incredible, awesome, can't find the words. Congratulation Chris. Enjoy the rest of your visit to Jordan.

Mom and Dad

Posted: 19-May-2012 10:59:29 AM

WELL DONE. CONGRATULATIONS.

RJ

Posted: 19-May-2012 10:33:51 AM

Congrats man, you deserved it and seemed to keep getting stringer through the race. See you back in Freddy.

Meg

Posted: 19-May-2012 08:54:25 AM

Could you hear all of us when you crossed that line? We are there with you! DMIP has a nice ring to it... You are amazing!

mowgli

Posted: 19-May-2012 02:35:20 AM

Aaen.. your an animal. the thought of running or walking 94km in one days makes me want to cry. But if anyone from the club could do it. it would be you! enjoy the last Five km and enjoy some beer when u can i think it might just be the best beer of your life!

Mat

Posted: 19-May-2012 01:46:18 AM

Seriously, dude. The lawn is getting crazy, and I ended up having to buy another interchangeable screwdriver. And I still don't know what kind of Picaroons beer it was that I liked 2 months ago. Hundred bucks says you can't beat Pablo or Paolo or...let's just call him Bob from Italy...hundred bucks says you can't beat Bob from Italy in a 5.6km footrace...if you do, I will be telling my future ancestors about your mighty inspirational feat in song, and maybe even haiku, for the next epoch and a half. Keep it real. PS-I'm selling shirts & posters with your Race The Planet profile pic with the saying "In Owen We Trust." The printers kinda messed that one up just a bit. Anywho, proceeds are going to me and eventually to Picaroons, once you finally tell me what kind of beer it was. Though I might pay a neighbourhood kid $20 to mow the lawn before you get a bylaw infraction.

Graham

Posted: 19-May-2012 01:18:52 AM

So strong mentally and physically, Chris. So proud of you, I know I'm not alone when I say that. Enjoy the finishing day, breathe it in champ.

Jude

Posted: 19-May-2012 01:18:14 AM

And you thought wading through sewage at the Newcastle water treatment plant was tough...pfffttt. Great job man, though I knew you would do it all along..:) Enjoy the time you have left over there, and let's hope there are a group of angels filling up some Moose Red for you. Keep that head up high Aaen...finish strong!

Mom and Dad

Posted: 19-May-2012 01:04:34 AM

well done. This is amazing, but it will be boring next week with nothing like this to follow. Stay strong tomorrow and the force is certainly with you. A nice grin for the camera, then the rest of the trip can begin.

Emily

Posted: 19-May-2012 01:03:19 AM

So proud Chris! You've earned about a month straight of sleeping after this. I will never complain about a "long" run to you ever!

Sheona

Posted: 19-May-2012 12:58:55 AM

Very proud of you Chris. If anyone has the spirit to complete such an amazing and demanding journey it is you. Keep it up and hang in there!!!

Christy

Posted: 19-May-2012 12:56:00 AM

As a friend of Sarah & Brian's I have been following your blog and your times Chris - and while I am sad that Brian had to withdraw, I am so pumped for you that you are doing awesome! Really, what's 5k after what you have done! Everyone here is so proud of you, myself included. Take great pride in your accomplishments - they are nothing to shake a stick at. You obviously have some serious drive and an amazing group of people around you. It sounds like Sarah has landed a great guy! Have a great final leg, party, and great trip back home!

Sarah

Posted: 19-May-2012 12:45:47 AM

I think they've said it all. This is one accomplishment among so many others that have happened and are yet to come, and I can't wait to see what adventure you take on next, Super Aaen! I can't wait to hear all your stories, for many years to come. Just like that time you hip checked Hunter to beat him at skiing... ;) Also, the falcon! COOL! And you didn't even have the glove. I will expect a full demonstration upon your arrival to Woodbridge Estates. Bookkeeping point - Could you email me when you get to a point that that's possible? Just curious about flight information! I love you, I'm proud and I'm speechless! Come home! xoxox

Jackman

Posted: 19-May-2012 12:17:47 AM

That's right. You stay on the ball, you stay on the wall! Bring it home Aaen, finish this this off strong...then try to be the DMIP!!

Scott

Posted: 19-May-2012 12:08:51 AM

Never, Never, Never Quit - that's what the O says and we all listened- now you've done it,well almost, you still need to finish strong, win the party and bring that leader bib back to the clubhouse - We'll get your shirt up on the wall and bring in some export for the event. I assume you've planned ahead and paid a guy with a nice Mazda to have some beer on ice for you in Petra, I also know you bought more than you need, because some of these racing the planet racers always forget their own and end up mooching ... I digress, have a great run, finish first and smile big for the camera "Truly, for some men nothing is written unless THEY write it." Well written my friend, see you back at the start... Scott

Chris

Posted: 19-May-2012 12:06:29 AM

I know how you can win tomorrow. Get out in front and build a big lead from the start and when anyone attempts to pass you just hip check them into sand, like you do me when I try and pass you skiing. Paolo probably won't make as big a dust cloud hitting the sand as I did hitting the crusher dust, but you'll still win. Good run and good luck tomorrow.

Nancy

Posted: 18-May-2012 11:31:08 PM

Chris, I am so happy that you have completed the hardest 5 stages with your sheer guts and determination. The prize is knowing in your heart and soul that you tested yourself to the limit of endurance and not only survived but did actually get better as the challenges got harder. I wrote you a long blog this am after seeing you had completed the long 95 km stretch in just over 18 hours and moved up in ranking. Malcolm came in and said it looked like an epistle .Somehow everything disappeared before I got through the security checkpoint. I was basically thanking your guardian angel for guiding you and telling you that I was so proud to know you. Also something about "our Aaen" bringing glory to the Fredericton Loyalists Rugby Football Club and setting a standard that will not be easily surpassed . We will have to wait for the next generation...the Pacey lad, the McIntyre boys, Jackman's two , Sophie the Superkid Princess, Malcolm or Slippy's charmers, Farmer or J.B's "Dymond' offspring, Lika's Tyler or his princess or perhaps River and Forest will find a challenge to test their mettle. perhaps there will be other ringers by then...with stubborn genes and loads of talent. Enjoy the sprint to the finish. When you cross it, just close your eyes , thank God for giving you life and breath and feel the love and hugs surrounding you before you chug your first beer and start exploring and sightseeing. Wish we could all be there in person to give you a rousing cheer and standing ovation for a battle well fought and won. You are my new hero!

Peter Aaen

Posted: 18-May-2012 11:20:38 PM

Well done bro! This hike makes the Grand Canyon hike we did seem like child's play. Enjoy the celebrations, you certainly deserve them. I think Sarah might be worried about the distance you'll want to cover if you ever ask her to take a 'long' romantic walk on the beach.... Time to party.

Drew

Posted: 18-May-2012 11:02:05 PM

You are a rockstar Aaen, toucan still win this thing, sprint to the finish line and don't let any of those [email protected] get by you! It's money in the bank!

brian jones

Posted: 18-May-2012 10:46:22 PM

Your the man buddy, good work, I was think you would have done the long march in 16 hours your slacking off. Can't imagine how doing some extra distance must of felt :). The pub in keswick may get a beer drinking record when you get back. I'm thinking we drive though ????

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