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13 - 19 May 2012

RacingThePlanet: Jordan 2012 Blogs

Beyond the finish
20-May-2012 11:39:48 AM [(GMT) Greenwich Mean Time: Dublin, Edinburgh, Lisbon, London]

2 showers, 2 shaves, 2 lunches and 2 dinners - and perhaps a little more than 2 beers....That was my schedule in the hours after the final run in to Petra. Recovery is well under way ! A great banquet dinner and the honour of joining my dream teammates to collect the winners plate to the applause of all - the MARCH takes team victory!! It's been amazing!! Kia Kaha L.
The finish !
19-May-2012 01:34:19 AM [(GMT) Greenwich Mean Time: Dublin, Edinburgh, Lisbon, London]

Wahey ! The final final day is done. A short stage into Petra. We finished right outside the treasury - amazing. Now showered and having my first beer - yummy ! A final thanks to all. Ollie cheers for sorting the chateaux - cant wait. And the final thank you to all my family in NZ And the Uk. And last my amazing dream teammates - a blessing and a joy to share the struggles with the amazing Blain and the incredible Sophie - two of the best. So thats it from me. That's a 1000km of desert running over 4 seven day races in 4 countries - maybe a nice round number to close the desert chapter on.... L
Stage 5 - 2
18-May-2012 03:45:57 AM [(GMT) Greenwich Mean Time: Dublin, Edinburgh, Lisbon, London]

The final post ! So, had a snooze and got some dehydrated chicken korma with rice down my throat and things are of cause looking quite cheery. Body is in cracking shape all things considered. As per the last post its not easy to see under all the grime but no serious issues appearing.

 

The prize for best body part must surely go to my feet. I am in total awe of them. Granny wrote 'An Ode to a Carrot' and I think I need to do the same for my feet. I have smashed them to pieces day after day and they have excelled. Not a single blister all week - when people have skin hanging off all over. In the final 10km yesterday my shoe lace loosened and I knew leaving it would deliver a blister but chose not to tighten it (seems mad now, but at the time it made perfect sense - the feet had performed and they were to be repaid with a small skin sacrifice). The resulting token blister is an embarrassment to the journey but a testament to their power.

 

Since my last blog this morning there has been another download of emails. Great to hear more from Team Olswang - Sara, please keep using the mag - the psychic powers helped! Tommy, great to hear from you and glad to hear you've whipped everything in to shape. Mum, Dad, Carlene thank you for your new messages and those all week. Counsin Dale - looking forward to seeing you next week and regaling the stories over a beer.

 

Nicki, looking forward to calling you first tomorrow when it is all over. You should tell Finlay that Daddy has carried his picture on the back of his pack all week, just like in the Atacama. Lots of people have confirmed how cute he looks.

 

Righto, time to sign off this final time. See and speak to you all soon and thank you each very much.

 

L.

Stage 5 - 1
18-May-2012 03:45:35 AM [(GMT) Greenwich Mean Time: Dublin, Edinburgh, Lisbon, London]

Day 5 is dust! A monster slog. Difficult to describe the day without swearing, so lets pause before trying. Instead, I thought I might describe life off the course. In many ways it is the aspects I haven’t mentioned to date that add to the challenge.

 

We sleep under a rough textile canopy that is strung across a couple of branches and poles. It is completely open at 1 side and often 1 end. It creates a perfect funnel to channel the desert winds and their passengers, the endless weight of desert sand. But the sand has only 2 functions in this desert – to fill every human crevice while one is attempting rest and to eliminate all traction on every climb. What it never does, and must never do, is provide a soft floor for sleeping. For that, this desert offers the companionship of rocks – angry, nasty rocks. Rocks that haven’t spent a lifetime rubbing shoulders with their buddies until they’re nice and round.  These rocks don’t have friends. They snarl and snigger and target whatever soft human tissue is available and not already a bruised mess.

 

But of course we don’t actually sleep. We lie there wondering what we are doing and trying to work out whether there is life without piercing pain. Patches of sleep might be snatched between the seized hip flexor causing pain to ripple up your body and the shooting pain in the left shoulder you fell on at some earlier point that no longer matters. But it doesn’t feel like it. You see each hour pass and at some point you give up and go for a walk, just to experience pain in a different body part.

 

You feel the rapid physical degradation but you don’t see all of it. You haven’t seen your reflection since last week - a good thing no doubt. You don’t wash and you marvel at the different layers of dirt that now crust your entire body, each layer counting the hard days on the course. Cuts have been left to bleed and the hardened blood is left where it chose to end its journey downward. There isn’t much left to eat. Most of the food you have carefully carried all week has been eaten but what’s left can’t be faced. Is it possible to neither eat nor sleep? It seems preferable. But you know you must try and force a final few calories down your throat.

 

But hey, that’s just the melodrama of a tired man. Things have actually gone well. All 3 of us are in relatively good shape. Many people have suffered more and still smashed through it. Which must bring us to the run yesterday. It was brutal beyond words. It was always going to be long, but no one was ready for the hills – endless hills. Maybe 40 or 50km, maybe more  –non stop. But we all ran well. We started at 7am as usual and came in just after 11pm. We never took a break. We blew through most checkpoints in 1 or 2 minutes. At hour 12 we were still running the rare downhills we encountered. But it was tough. Super tough. I am typing this at 11am, 28 hours after the start and people are still coming in.

 

So as things stand, sitting here looking out across the Mars landscape things are good. Depleted but not defeated. And actually, just maybe, with a wry smile reflecting what we have achieved.

 

I can send one more blog, which I’ll do later today. Recovery is rapid. I think the next blog will be a very happy affair! As indeed this one is already. So, to you guys and all your great messages – thank you! Nicki, tell Finlay I found some chooks as he requested. They looked quite happy chilling under their koop as I ran past. Thank you for all your lovely emails - not long now until I speak to you both!!

 

Righto – until the next and last blog!

L.

Stage 4
16-May-2012 06:52:49 AM [(GMT) Greenwich Mean Time: Dublin, Edinburgh, Lisbon, London]

Day 4 - done - phew! Today was a Buzz Lightyear day - there were glimpses beyond the infinity glass. Moments when the horizon was (briefly) below us, rather than above - yes, there were times when we actually ran downhill! Even moments when the sand was hardpacked and even, yes even, some rock and hard packed earth. But like all desert mirages it was fleeting. It wasn't long until we returned to our friend the infinity glass.

 

So what really happened? We started well. Ran solidly for 2 hours. Cleared the first checkpoint in about 1 hour 15, which is good running in an undulating desert (today I logged 47c at 3pm). Coming in to checkpoint 2, about 2 hours in, the horizon shifted ever upwards and the sand grew ever softer. No idea how long it went on - maybe 40 mins maybe more. It was horrid. I hit the wall hard. It was head and heart breaking stuff. The jog became a walk. The walk became a weave. The next stage was KO. We struggled on (me really, Blain and Soph appeared to be holding things together better than me). We finally made CP2 and I was spent. There wasn't much left in the tank and I wasn't sure the tank still took fuel. Alina (one of the organisers) asked me if I was ok and I nearly - very nearly - burst in to tears. It took a second to speak - had I tried sooner it wouldn't have been words coming out of my body.

 

Now, I know I may worry folk by telling that story but you mustn't worry. In fact, it is a good news story. I trucked on, told the team the real position and we adjusted our pace like the dream team we are. I had a word with myself, suffered for another hour or so, and gradually came right. In fact so right I led the sprint about 1 km from the end. And I mean a real sprint. Probably faster than we have run all week. I actually felt like I was flying. It is a rare feeling - I have only ever had it before at the end of the Loch Ness marathon. I imagine it is some sort of terminal last stage of functioning but I prefer the alternative. We worked through the fatigue, fuelled well, recovered and I came right. So, a long explanation to say all is fine!

 

Tomorrow is the big one - but it's also the last day - just get it done I say!

 

Great to read all your messages. The satellite link is only once or twice a day so messages and blogs are probably a little slow. Great to hear from Team eXtreme - you need to be here! And loving the Olswang emails. Hope I left all the work files in good shape! Cheers for holding the fort and could someone send some photos to Gary - he reckons he hasn't seen any and I wouldnt want him to miss my current satorial style - but do thank him for is email.

 

Mum and Dad - thanks for the quotes. I repeated Granny's one more than a few times today!  Glad to hear the kids are enjoying it Carlene and Anthony - it's quite a spot out here. Good that they are enjoying Blain's blog. He is a top guy and doing well. Soph is also rocking.

 

And cheers for your email Ivor and Jill. Back in your running day you would have had this course Ivor.Casino loved your choice of cheese based restaurant - you will be proud of me. I have just had a slice of parmesan - bliss! Tell Tommy to email me or I shall be very cross. Nicki, sooo good to get your emails.Tell Finlay that Daddy saw lots of Camels today, and even some baby Camels. He would have been very excited. You should also tell him about the two sweeper camels that bring up the rear - and if you're last you gotta stay in front of them - the stuff of nightmares! Sorry to hear about the 5am wake up calls. But I did love his twinkle twickle strategy. Not long until I am back to share the load. And don't worry about me, I am being very safe. We are taking things sensibly and aiming for a full team finish and win. Not getting caught up in dangerous races for time or position.

 

Righto - time to start thinking about my dehydrated shepards pie...god I am tired of the food. Not much fun shoveling it down but its got to be done!

 

So, next blog after the long day. Its going to be super long. This year it is 90km which is about 10km more than previous so my next blog may be a while away - but you will get it and I will have finished.Bring it on.

 

L.

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