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13 - 19 May 2012

RacingThePlanet: Jordan 2012 Blogs

The Return !!!
21-May-2012 03:11:36 AM [(GMT+09:00) Osaka, Sapporo, Tokyo]

Well the last check in .... Just on the Train back into Tokyo ..... The last stage was beautiful a few very gentle ups and downs over 5k and then the last walk down the Sik humming "Indiana Jones" and ended up at the Treasury. An amazing place to end the event I front of one of such a Historic place. I did miss the Sandstorm on Day 4 evening / night from my blog ... That was amazing just batterered for 2 hours getting sand blasted trying to hang on to your gear as we used the inflatable beds as protection. Our tent was right in the line of fire had poles and ropes all over the place .... Worse than a Roppongi S n M bar !!! After the end of the race we all hung around for a while and had a few (soft) drinks and then wandered through Petra for a quick bite then headed back to the buses to transfer us to the Hotel ...... Then one last little joke from RTP a 2km climb up about 300m .... There was a road way round but we were all still in gear so everyone just went straight up a goat path !!! All the locals looking at 50 people in line hiking up the side of a mountain like we were nuts ..... Seemed sensible to us !!! Had a good dins with 150 strangers as without a weeks worth of grit, grime beard (both guys n some of the girls!!) it was hard to recognize even the guys in your tent let alone the rest of the competitors. My feet are fine one toe a bit sore but defiantly a combination of the soft sand and lessons learnt helped on that front ...... As hard as it was pretty much everyday already i am looking back at the views and the experience as a great week and worth all the training..... A few new tips n lessons i can cut another 1 maybe 2kg off the bag so to have 9ish K !!!!! A massive thanks to the voulenteers and Medics that spend their time and money to fix you / cheer you up. Nothing like "come on u lazy [email protected] get your @rse up here" to inspire you to push to the top of a climb !!! Haha So where next !!!!! We will have to see !!!
Canyons and hills
18-May-2012 03:20:32 AM [(GMT+09:00) Osaka, Sapporo, Tokyo]

At last the end of the dreaded soft sand and on to solid footing for the dreaded long day. 86 odd k of canyons and hills with a climb and fall of 2600m in the cool 37 degs. Started off well …dropped into the canyon and kept up a good 6k an hour for the first 22k and carried on at the same pace into stage 3. All well till we didn’t follow rule 1 of RTP ….follow the flags!!! Finally found our way back to the flags and then hadn’t realized we had been spun round and ended up walking back almost to checkpoint 2!! We lost about an hour and were running short of water as we managed to get to chkp 3. Then a hot 300m climb in a canyon to the big event…700m climb over 9.2k …  managed to get that out of the way in about 2 hours. That  was supposed to be the end of the climbs but it carried on and on ups and downs till almost the end of the day. The sun went down at 8 and we were left with20k in the dark. Managed to get that done in 3h45and got home at 11.45pm (16hrs45).


After a decent sleep been lazing about today waiting for the5k stage tom into Petra that starts at 6am …lets hope there are no surprises there from Carlos.

Sand and Dust
16-May-2012 08:04:00 AM [(GMT+09:00) Osaka, Sapporo, Tokyo]

At last after 3 days of very soft, soft and more very soft sand we had some hard packed sand. 4 fairly gentle stages of 10 ish KM over rolling hills. It got a bit hot for a while on stage 2 and 3 then the wind came and saved the day on stage 4.


Local news from Carry On Up The Rivera ....Budgie smuggling has been banned after a 5ft Viper made an appearance at Camp last night ....Yes I am serious ...The local bedouin guys dug it up and chopped it in half ...Then everyone was checking out every hole in the camp. We had them pour some gasoline in a hole just behind

our tent ...Made for a great nights sleep !!!


Race News ...Myself and Andrew were destroyed on stage one by I believe her name is Kida San ....She is somewhere in her high 60s and less than 5ft tall ...Her pack must be almost as big as her and she powered past us like we were standing still. I think she came in about 4pm in end but has completed 160k and was trotting back to her tent as I came up to write this.


The long day tom 90k with 2500m up and down in the heat is going to be hard. The notes say the ground is mainly hard packed which at least wont be so draining.


Cheers All ...Thks for the e amils and comments !

In The Footsteps Of Lawrence.
15-May-2012 08:57:55 AM [(GMT+09:00) Osaka, Sapporo, Tokyo]

Well the broken glass and hot coals have been over come ..... A nice canyon to start and then undulating soft sand through some amazing large canyons ...Across a salt flat to yet more undulating soft sand for the last 10k as it really started to heat up. Got home in about 6.35 for the stage so pretty happy.


Latest news in Budgie Watch or as we call it  "The Only Way is Italy" we are hearing that the heat in Sergio's knitted speedos was just to much for his pet and it sadley expired in the early afternoon .....Doctors have performed what was termed as a simple operation to remove the poor unfortunate animal. To race news ....Late entry in the womens category Sergina is in 4th position.


Breaking news ......Carlos "Satan" Quizeros race director has been found with a walking pole inserted as a police spokesman said "Where the sun don't shine" .......Police are treating it as an accident as he appereared to have slipped ....However they are mystified as to how all 130cm got up there!!!


To the race tom we are hearing of a section of snakes, one of spiders and the final 10k running with the bulls ....No doubt all on soft sand !!!


Cheers guys will check in tom

Sand Sand Sand Part 2
14-May-2012 07:35:15 AM [(GMT+09:00) Osaka, Sapporo, Tokyo]

Wot is it with this place...There is sand everywhere ....Soft, hard, flying about ....In your shoes and still as per yesterday in everywhere you can imagine ...I am sure you don't want to after 2 days without a shower !!!! No wonder only the Arabs want to live here !!!


Today started cool and cloudy with  by 10k of undulating soft sand ....Followed by 9k with a gentle 200m climb on soft sand .....Then a gentle decent on ...yep u guessed it!!!! And the final 9k on the stuff ......We went thru a really cool canyon about 5km from camp I guess you will see the pics on the site ...Glad I am not at my normal non race weight or there would still be a log jam up there!!!


Tom promises 10k over hot coals ...followed by 10k over broken glass .....A rusty nail hammered through your vitals at checkpoint 3 and pins in your eyes at the end.


No rusty sword weilding locals yet Milner ....Though there are a few days to go !!!


The award for the best budgie smugglers has gone to a new fellow that seems to have knitted his own ...I guess when they get wet they could act as long johns in the evening.


Funniset comment goes to an un named female that during a discusssion on the size of sleeping mats was quoted as saying "I would prefer a big one ....But i would blow it really hard !!!!" Doesn't take much to get us in fits!!!


Thanks for all the emails and comments guys .....  Great to know that for at least enough time to copy n paste you are thinking of me !!! hhaahaha   Seriously though Thanks it really cheers me up after a tough day in the trenches !!!

Camp 1
13-May-2012 01:47:14 AM [(GMT+09:00) Osaka, Sapporo, Tokyo]

Sand .... Sand ....Sand ....The Devils sporn .....It everywhere, in every crack and crevice !!!

This was the moderate day .........4x10 k legs no great climbs or falls maybe 200m up and down per 10k .....But on soft mixed sand and gravel was a tad harder than advertised. Managed to get home in 6h45 keeping up a decent 6k and hour as the temperature got up to late 30s. A decent breeze kept it managable so now we have another 40k tom in the same stuff with the first 10k stage labeled as difficult!!!


The Italians are putting up a great performance at camp .....I guess they keep the budgies to shove down their speeedos in their 7kg backpacks !!! Luckily there are no small children to scare.


There was a near fatal accident earlier as the local lad looking after the hot water almost knocked the lot over looking at one of the more "naturally blessed" female competitors walked past in a tank top !!!! His eyes looke like a cartoon charicter !!!!


Guys and Girls in the tent are good fun ...Even the French  Guy  !!!! I knew there had to be a decent one somewhere !!!hahahaha


Tents are great bedouin style cool at night so all good so far ....All eyes on the 90k long day on Thursday with 2500m up and down which will be tough as there is a 700m climb at 40 ish K which willbe in the middle of the day .......Loads of guys waiting so i will check in tom !!!!

On the way !!!!
06-May-2012 10:24:27 AM [(GMT+09:00) Osaka, Sapporo, Tokyo]

Finally it has rolled around .... After 4 months of training and getting strange stares from people on the train and the streets of Tokyo running around carrying the pack with 13 - 14kg in it .... Then weekends up in the mountains for 30 - 60k hikes it is time to get on the plane and get over to Jordan.
As it draws around the madness of doing my 2nd RTP event after Gobi last year has sunk in !!!! The pain, the blisters, the exhaustion, the heat that I had forgotten about over the year came back as I read over an e mail that I had penned on the Plane on the way back from China to remind myself never to do this again !!!!
However the good memories of the people I met out there, the scenery and the villages we went though. The elation of crossing the line on the long day knowing there was a days rest and only 10k to go was one of the most emotional moments of my life. All of that makes it worth all of the above !!!!
A few lessons learnt from the Gobi race and the expected heat to be early 30s  in Jordan compared to early 50s on a couple of days in Gobi meant the pack weighs in at more reasonable 11kg rather than the 13kg I started with last time.
All the chat amongst the ex Gobi guys (and girls) about security out there .... As there is obviously little that RTP can do with 150 people spread out over 20km of desert on a normal day and 40 - 50k on the long day. The old paranoia kicked in so I will be wearing Japanese Flags on my gear this year rather than the UK  .... I have lived here for 18 years so its not that much of a stretch. Then a colleague pointed out a far side cartoon to me !!!!!
Anyway not much more to do now just get on the flight on Wednesday night and then hope that everything goes well once we are out there !!!!
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