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07-Aug-2014 02:38:31 AM [(GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi]

Hi all, Well the bulk of our training and preparation is behind us (for me and other's that fact may put a little panic in the britches?!?!?) and we're all now looking at Riitta's emails on hotel bookings, waiting for tent assignments and (perhaps) second guessing our readiness and kit choices. I'm pretty happy with my gear and nailed my final decision yesterday. I grabbed a pair of Salomon Speedcross 3 shoes..now it's all about breaking them in. I used these shoes in Sahara and Gobi and paired with Injiji toes socks I enjoyed two completely blister-free races. Over the weekend I'll dust off the Aarn pack (I've done ZERO pack work for Madagascar) and do a stocktake to identify any last minute bits and pieces I may need...I think I'm pretty good. Most of my choices have been centred on trying to recall tips and ideas about lightening the load and getting a little variety into my race nutrition. My morning 'meal' will be little more than a 'Dingo Breakfast' (a scratch and a look around) in terms of anything solid. I have some flavoured caffe latte satchels (to sit quietly each morning with a hot brew and some thinking time is a nice way to start the day for me). I'll polish off a packet of soup of noodles and wash it all down with a Perpetuum (mmmm 6 mornings kicked off with Perpetuum; living the dream) During each stage I'll carry a max of 2 gels with a cliff bar and some GU chews or 'sports' jelly beans. My post run recovery (I'm trying to to let my mind believe sitting around on my bum will be a highlight) but it is a great time to relax, chat and enjoy some beneficial 'treats'. I could inhale a whole cow of jerky...but I'll settle for a small packet each day with some chips (or crisps for my English friends), some Recoverite and plenty of water before dinner. I've abandoned 'Expedition Foods' for a diet of 'Backcountry' dehydrated meals for my evening meal. My goals for my previous races with varied (Sahara: survive - achieved that and Gobi: top 50 - achieved that...just!) for Madagascar I've abandoned any thought of time or position and am really only aiming to run with and chat to as many other competitors as I can...I don't see myself getting back to Madagascar too often in my life so I really want to savour each step and stumble. I wish you all well in these last weeks, taper well, reassure you're loved ones that you're off on an amazing adventure and will return (with a massive massive, massive smile and odd intent to do it all again). See you in antanannnaarivo (no?), antanvario (wrong again), antanabanano (oops) ..damn it...see you in Madagascar!
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Earl Eddings

Posted: 02-Sep-2014 10:20:20 PM

Hi Steve great work mate we are all very proud of you over here all of Greencap is behind you! Cheers earl

Trevor Huteau

Posted: 31-Aug-2014 12:59:06 PM

Go well Steve. Enjoying the blog.

Susan Blunt

Posted: 14-Aug-2014 11:56:20 AM

Thanks for the foodie tips Steve! Super helpful and really look forward to catching up again in the land of the lemurs. Safe travels. :)

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