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13 - 19 May 2012

RacingThePlanet: Jordan 2012 Blogs

The wrap
22-May-2012 12:08:16 PM [(GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi]

Thank you all so much for supporting me during the race. Every comment was hugely welcome. And young miss Chelsea, what a star you are to have earned yourself a scholarship. Well done girl, I could see you were going to go somewhere. You must be very proud of yourself. I'm glad that you guys at Doon Doon enjoyed following the race, it makes me very happy that I didn't let you down and managed to get the bling this time! It is a beautiful heavy pewter medal. But you know the reward really is in the journey, and what a journey it was. Jordan is a very very beautiful place, the desert is so vast, silent and serene, I feel very lucky to have experienced it so fully. Arriving at the he finish line in front of the Treasury in Petra brought me to tears, I was overwhelmed by so many emotions. I will mention a couple of moments from the race that I know will stay with me forever. One day we entered the shade of a deep canyon having been running under the sun for hours in the silence. And there in the cool of the shade you could here little bird calls echoing off the stone like music, magic. On the Long Stage after a very exhausting hike out of a rocky valley where the sun had been cooking us, by the side of the trail were a group of Bedouin men who beckoned us over and offered us the sweetest tea imaginable. It was a lifesaver. And the sandstorm, blasting through camp into our faces and anything else we had. we felt the full force of nature, and our relative insignificance. What a week. Last of all thank you to my wonderful tent mates, Carolyn in the medical tent who worked wonders on my feet, and Mary for having the vision to organise these events. Happy ending!
Stage 5
18-May-2012 03:13:04 AM [(GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi]

This is just a quick post to say that I completed the Long Stage this morning at 5am as the sun came up. What had begun the day before at 7am was finally done. I had been determined this time around to make it through. It was tough but I feel fine.  I took it very conservatively and in the hottest part of the day took the opportunity to cool off at Checkpoints 4, 5 and 6. From then on I did the last 30k with two of my tentmates, and a couple of others, which made a huge difference. To say it was a demanding day is an understatement. Everyone is saying it was the most difficult Long Stage they had ever attempted. Once  again the scenery was extraordinary..

Today has been spent relaxing at camp as the remaining competitors finished. Some people were out on the course in the blazing heat until 2pm. That would have been hard work.

Tomorrow is a 5k jog into Petra at 6am, then  the medal,real food and a shower.

I'm still trying to comprehend what has been a huge experience on so many levels.

I haven't been able as yet to read the recent comments for some reason, I am looking forward to that as soon as I can get on a computer.

Love to all.

Life on Mars
16-May-2012 07:16:02 AM [(GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi]

Well that is the end of the short stages. I am very happy as I managed to hold my place, around 92 or  93, over a very hot relentless Stage. Again the scenery at the beginning of the day was spectacular, crossing a vast sandy desert plain, then up a long climb where we passed two huge stone arches. From then on it was very hot and just a case of getting from one checkpoint to the next without going crazy. Luckily for me the other woman in m tent, Simone, is an absolute trooper so we walked through the worst of the day together.

At last the sand came to an end and we were on solid ground so I ran as much as I could of the last 10k into camp.

Right now I can just see the screen through the blustering sand. This is what Mars must be kike, totally inhospitable. The cybertyent is collapsing around me as I write. It is going to be some night! We  are on the edge of an immense canyon that stretches in both directions as far as the eye can see. There is no vegetation whatsoever, just baked earth. Imagine the dirt road at Yass in the drought, expand that to become a whole environment, and that is here.

My feet were sore this morning, but along the way they started to feel fine, so I'll leave well alone tonight..I felt pretty shattered when I got to camp, but I had a lie down in the blowing sand, drank a bit , nibbled on a few crackers and now feel great. Relatively! I am positively hallucinating about the roast beef at Rules Dad, I can't wait.

I'm glad everything is going well at home.

Tomorrow is 90k, the Long Stage, so it will be a very tough day. Don't worry if my time seems slow, I may well rest through the heat of the day then get going again as it cools off. The stars at night are gorgeous so the thought of continuing through the cool of the night is quite appealing.

I will post again when I have finished the Stage, sometime on Friday.

The messages have been great, so thank you so much for following my progress and taking the time to send your encouragement.

Until Friday, No 76.

Gimee shelter!
15-May-2012 07:18:40 AM [(GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi]

Thanks for all your good wishes They are a real motivation.

Today started out really well, loads of dramatic canyons, little bedouin camps and some sections that I actually had a bit of a run through. That felt good! After the shade of the rock canyons it was time to grill and from 10am to the finish for me around 2.30 I felt like I was being roasted on a spit. The course took us past a vast camel racing track made on the salt flats of a dry lake, then into a village where I WAS HOPING TO FIND A BAR SELLING SOMETHINGVERY  COLD,  oops sorry about the caps, but no just a checkpoint with some warm water, then an interminable 10k to camp through fine sand and hammering sun. it was quite tough. Somehow I managed to come in around 90, a bit of an improvement on yesterday.

After a bit of a rest I’m feeling good. I’m participating in a medical study on ultrarunning and odium levels in the blood, and apparently according to my blood stats I should be winning this thing! I have so far gained a kilo?? Must be all he chips.

 My pack is getting lighter which makes a big difference to the aching shoulders

As for the feet, I am looking forward to another visit to the medical tent this evening. On the positive, no infection. On the downside , I feel  like I’m walking on a couple of golf balls.

That’s it for now.

Good luck with the exams Nick, I’m sure you’ll be fine.

Sheena, I hope the flu is gone.

Dan, enjoy Luna Park.

Love to you all.

Stage 2
14-May-2012 07:46:02 AM [(GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi]

First up thank you so much for the comments, they really lift the spirits....particularly after an hour in the medical tent getting my crap feet sorted out. On the up side they feel much better.

It was another spectacular day, the course is sand sand then more sand but the landscape is breathtaking. Not much lives out here except camels. It.s like the set of a sci fi movie, totally desolate but beautiful at the same time.

The temperature was ok with plenty of cloud cover for much of the day.

There were moments today when I stopped and took it all in, with no-one anywhere to be seen, I am so happy to be experiencing this, and feel very lucky to be seeing this extraordinary place.

our camp tonight is nestled between great arms of rock, they dwarf everthing around. It.s a welcome little bit of civilisation. I'm enjoying the chill out music here in the cybertent' but I'd better go there is a bit of a queue. well the Killers have just come on so I'll write a bit more.

My camera bit the dust today, that is bad as the photos would have been brilliant.

Again many thanks for the encouragement from you all, it means everything to me.

I'm off to happy hour in Tent 3.

MARGARET KREMPFF
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