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13 - 19 May 2012

RacingThePlanet: Jordan 2012 Blogs

19-May-2012 02:40:27 AM [(GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi]

All done. After finishing the long day more than 24 hours before, I thought the 6.5km into the Treasury at Petra would be anti climatic. However, running down the path trodden by Indiana Jones to the finish line did get the hairs on the back of the neck standing up! It was great to share that with Andrew and Harmony who have given me a lot of encouragement over the past few months. Lots of great photos have been taken, and I will upload mine next week. The race certainly lives up to its reputation as being one of the hardest things you can do, with even the elite athletes walking around like penguins on the final day. I now plan a couple of weeks of doing nothing at all. Thanks everyone for your comments and emails. As I said after the long day, I thought about them often when I was feeling like utter rubbish. Most of all, thanks to my family for putting up with me doing crazy things like this, and I look forward to seeing you soon
Stage 5
18-May-2012 03:39:39 AM [(GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi]

The Long March done! Over 240km completed, and man, do my feet know it !


Course was 87km from hell. Started pleasantly enough with an awesome 20km through a canyon with unbelievable sights. Took a load of photos which I will upload next week. Then it went pear shaped for me and about half the field who through some miscommunication took a wrong turn and went 3km out of the way. 3km back again meant an extra 6km done in 40 degrees for no gain. It was almost a meltdown moment in the heat. So took a couple of HTFU pills, and after a few kind words (!!) to myself to get it together, I proceeded on my own for the next 20km through the most sapping canyon trek I have ever had. 20km of walled in dried river bed, with no wind. Was a bit disconcerting to see the odd person go and lie down under rock ledges to get shade, but I took the approach of to keep going and get to the next checkpoint.


Then encountered a 1000 metre climb over a 9km road which was brutal, but able to maintain a decent pace. At that time I was close on 50km done, so psychologically was a big milestone. Knew then no matter how rubbish I felt, I was going to get over the line. Got 2km out from the finish line at 2.55am, but then took another hour to scale down a rocky mountain face that absolutely killed what was left of my feet. Only ate sports bars the whole 20 odd hours, but also consumed over 20 litres of electrolytes....I am so sick of the taste of that stuff now. Bowl of raspberries and vanilla ice cream was the fantasy food yesterday.


Took a few hours sleep and then ate some food, and now watching the remainder of the field come in. A 68 year old Japanese lady with a backpack about the same size as her just finished to a standing ovation from the other competitors.


Now trying to recover. Have eaten about 2000 calories in the last 2 hours. Tomorrow is the victory lap into Petra itself. That is about 5km away from where I am now, so looking forward to that. Loads of photo ops.

So not totally over, but there or there abouts, barring a major disaster. Cant wait to tuck into a pepperoni pizza and a cold coke tomorrow before leaving Jordan. By far the toughest thing I have ever done, but body has held up well, and only the feet are dying on me.


Thanks again for all the emails and blog comments. I thought about them all a lot during some of the dark times yesterday.

Day 4 done.
16-May-2012 07:45:39 AM [(GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi]

Few good milestones today. Firstly after I had hit 12km it meant I had done more than half. Secondly by the time I had got to the finish after 40km I have now completed 154km, and have less than 100km to go. As a couple of us here are now saying “It is less than a Oxfam Trailwalker to go” and I have done a few of those. However I had never done 150km in the 4 days before those either !!!! Completed the 40km in 7hr 43 today. Definitely could have gone a little faster, but very aware of the 90km sage tomorrow. Not sure exact placing, but around 90th on the day. Couple more dropped out today. So important to get your hydration right. Saw two guys just get too dehydrated today and so are out.

Matt, I don’t think your homebrew will quite hit the spot out here, but I look forward to having one in NZ soon. Another neck rub from my kiwi mate DK this morning got me off on the right track, but really need a good meal tonight and a good sleep to set me up for tomorrow’s long day. 90km, so hoping to do in about 19-20 hours. The hard part will be from 11am till 5pm when it is the hottest, so providing I can keep food and electrolytes up, I can go a little faster when it cools down in the evening. Tomorrow is the make or break day, but apart from some very ugly blisters, the body is holding up well. Thanks for all the great emails and comments. I had a few LOL moments reading them just now.


Hopefully next time you hear from me, I am 6km from the finish. Today the scenery was a bit boring. Sand, sand and more sand, plus a couple of camels!. Tomorrow we make our way to the outskirts of Petra, so hopefully a few good sights.

Stage 3
15-May-2012 07:33:07 AM [(GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi]

Well third day done!!! And it was a tough one. 36.5km across some spectacular terrain. Walked across a salt flat with a camel racing track in the middle. Took loads of photos which I will share later. Was a bit slower today. 7.30 for the distance, but as it felt like over 40 degrees on the salt flats, I am not complaining! Felt terrible first thing this morning as had a sore neck which was caused by the pack carrying over the first 76km. But a good neck rub from a fellow tent mate who is a kiwi also, fixed it, (and prompted some laughs from others about the mano on mano love action).

So 112km down 138km to go. Off to go and get some rest and eat some food. Thanks to all my awesome family for the great emails and comments.

39 odd km tomorrow before a 90km slog after that…….mmmmmmmmm……

Stage 2
14-May-2012 07:17:17 AM [(GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi]

Well, second day done. Only 36.6km today and finished in 6hr 27min which I think was about 65th odd for the leg. An improvement of 10 places from yesterday. Few people are starting to drop out now. We started at 7am and the weather was brilliant for being in the desert for the first few hours. Didnt get too hot until about 11am, so we raced as fast as we could in the first few hours to take advantage of the overcast sky and nice breeze. But when the sun came out it got very very hot. Was nice to finish just before 1.30 as still about 3 more hours of heat left in the day. Body is doing ok. Everything above the ankles is fine. Couple of blisters coming out, so using alcohol and iodine (OUCH!). Am over 76km done now, so around 174km to go.


Really is a beautiful part of the world. Everytime I round a bend in a rock formation, I feel like I could be Indiana Jones or Lawrence of Arabia. Takes your mind off the pain in your body anyway!!!


Thanks again for all the emails and notes, and Keri or Jodi if you read this, can you let Caitlyn now I cannot email back, so if she could read the blog.

Tomorrow is the second hardest day of the event, so am going off to get some rest now' and eat and drink.


Starting to crave fresh fruit, beer and pizza.......

Stage 1
13-May-2012 01:35:11 AM [(GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi]

Well, first day done. 39.5km was the final distance. Woke up at 5am to prepare my dehydrated food for breakfast. Had Shepherds Pie that tasted like brown river water, but had 800 calories, so forced it down. Couple of cups of Hot chocolate and then started the process of packing up gear, taping feet etc to get ready for the 7am start.

Course was absolutely beautiful, (very Indiana Jones ish) but incredibly hot. Hit 39 degrees towards the end of the day. I came in at 1.48pm, so 6hrs 48 min. That was good enough for 78th place which is exactly in the middle of the field of 155 people. Heat was the hardest thing, but body is feeling fine at the moment. Lets hope I am still saying that after the next 210.5km !!


Thanks a lot for the emails and blog comments. It is really nice to read when you feel like rubbish. Unfortunately the link here doesnt allow me to reply, but I am reading all of them, so thanks a lot !! Yes Caitlyn, that also means you! And Maree, it was 39 today! Same as Madrid !!!


Thanks guys. Update tomorrow. Hopefully still feeling ok !

Last post before event
11-May-2012 08:34:40 AM [(GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi]

Well, the morning has arrived to head out to the start line. Had a good dinner with Harmony and Andrew and a few of our tent mates last night. Lots of grilled lamb, chicken, rice, pita and hummus, and then a decent nights sleep until around 5am this morning. Final check in shortly and then buses out to the start line. All the packing and replacing has been done. Thanks for all the support to NZ Child Cancer Foundation. Next blog will be after the first days slog........nice rhyme
24 hours out from formal gear check
10-May-2012 09:08:58 AM [(GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi]

Arrived in Jordan last night and had a brief look around the city followed by dinner as the sun went down. Caught up with Harmony (Stephen Bradshaw), finally after months of emailing each other about what to bring, what jacket to buy. Finally feels all real now. temperature is good at the moment. around 25-28 and low humidity. Hope it stays that way! Today will involve a massive breakfast and final sorting out of gear, checking into race central hotel and trying to rest as much as possible. Plane trip was surprisingly ok. On the 14.5 leg from Melbourne to Doha, I had a couple of seats to myself, so was able to get a few hours kip in. Hope to do more of that today, as don't think I will have much of a sleep in the desert next week! Look forward to the race start, and can then stop over thinking everything!
Packing and repacking
02-May-2012 09:52:37 AM [(GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi]

Spent last night packing and repacking various combinations of how much I will carry. A low of 9kg and a high of 15kg. Although the 15kg did contain a range of salamis and cured meats, and enough of them to probably feed all the tent mates. Which head lights to finally take etc. Do I really need an extra of this or that....7 days till the plane departs Melbourne!!
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