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13 - 19 May 2012

RacingThePlanet: Jordan 2012 Blogs

Stage 5
18-May-2012 03:15:33 AM [(GMT+01:00) Brussels, Copenhagen, Madrid, Paris]

How quickly things change.  After dinner on Thursday evening the camp was hit by a sand storm...47 km per hour winds for about 3 hours.  Tents were being blown apart...everything covered in sand and dust...tents were eventually moved and we were able to settle down.  How quickly things change.  I was looking forward to the start and feeling pretty good.  Stages one and two were down a beautiful slot canyon...for almost 20km.  At about 7km I started to feel my achilles tendon tighten and finally it seized up.  Extremely painful and I was down to a hobble to checkpoint one.  I got some pain relief and and some creamon the tendon and started to feel good again but had by now been passed by about 20 other runners.  How quickly things change.  Once I left checkpoint 2 things were feeling a bit better and we headed out...but we missed the turn and headed the wrong direction...in all we lost about one hour and a half working our way back.

 

Finished the day after about 18 hours...not what I had planned...but still glad to have gotten to the finish.  It was a very tough stage...some say the hardest they have ever done...I agree.  I did not recall somany mountains being in Jordan...but we seemed to climb all day.

 

The body...numb right thigh, blistered heals on both feet, blister between big toe and ball of my left foot,third toe of both feet have a blister from the first knuckle, under the nail and to the front of the toe.

 

People are still coming in and the scene is great  People are gathering at the finish line to cheer them the last 500 mtrs which are still tough terrain.  People are emotional and inspired by this scene...me too.

 

I went through all the usual emotions...from fear that I would not finish...to asking my self why I am doing this...to planning the next race.

 

Its been a great week...hard...but great.  Met a lot of good people...learned a few new tricks.

2 COMMENTS

Mom and Pop

Posted: 19-May-2012 12:04:06 PM

You did it!!!! Congratulations, will try to call you tomorrow. Beso.

Gonzalo

Posted: 19-May-2012 05:17:57 AM

Your done Dude!! Congratulations! Let's start to get ready for the next Gobi!

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