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Hot & Humid
15-Jul-2014 12:56:38 PM [(GMT+04:00) Abu Dhabi, Muscat]

Wow, 47 days ....where did the time go?!

Training is going well but it is HOT in Dubai, currently about ten degrees hotter than it will be in Madagascar. Of course this has its advantages, but the sun burns after 7am and humidity levels are very high which makes long training sessions difficult....I will try an overnight 40km session this weekend just to try and avoid the sun. 

It turns out that my training backpack was not as heavy as it should have been (no scales in the house) so I have needed to up the weight. This is causing a lot of pain on my shoulders when I have to wear it two or more days in a row. I am going to buy some of the fur seatbelt covers to wrap over the straps to make it softer for me - a real girly thing I know  but if it helps me get through the week then I will be happy!

Food wise I think I am ok - I have tried some freeze dried meals and was surprised how well they tasted. Would be good if I could find some healthy, organic options but choice in Dubai is limited and even online I couldn't see much - feel free to advise me otherwise if you know however they would need to be able to deliver to the UAE.







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Donna & John B

Posted: 30-Aug-2014 08:41:13 AM

Nearly time Paula & Emily - Really good luck - don't forget to enjoy it. Thinking of you both. Donna & Dad

Peter Braithwaite

Posted: 26-Aug-2014 09:52:16 PM

Awesome training effort Sis. Now all you've got to do is keep putting one foot in front of the other and keep going. Remember it's 90% mental effort and the other 10% is just mental effort. P.

Ray H

Posted: 26-Aug-2014 08:13:23 AM

5 days more gf!!!! You are on our hearts and mind! So proud of you!!!

Clare A

Posted: 26-Aug-2014 01:30:06 AM

Wow, 5 days to go!! Good luck, we will be following. Nice hat in your pic btw ;)

Riitta H

Posted: 16-Jul-2014 01:15:28 AM

Hi Paula, It must be really hot there now but keep up the good work! Training in that environment makes you stronger for the weather in Madagascar - sounds like you could even find it easier. Do you know the other three competitors based in UAE? They may have tips in regards to what's available just in Dubai. The Expedition Foods brand is not organic but the food itself is healthy as it doesn't contain any additives. There's also a brand in US called Good To Go but I'm not aware that they sell online. Feel free to email me for more tips. Riitta

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