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Stage 1
31-Aug-2014 02:08:04 AM [(GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi]

Day 1, 36km down and what a rude return it was back to the hot sandy past I had long forgotten. Classic non rookie mistake: I bolted out of the starting block a little too ambitiously and knocked the first half down relatively quickly, across sand, rocks and some dusty tracks. At the 18km mark the full force of the 37C day with intense sun hit me like a brick wall. The second half was tough but I settled into a much slower pace that was more consistent with my undercooked ultra fitness. I felt the reminder, in my sore legs, that I haven’t clocked a run longer than 20km, in the last year.The blister gods are already acting up and there toe blisters forming – will be watching them closely as can’t afford to much havoc on that front. On a positive note my pack at 7kg feels nice and light, although i have leaned my diet to achieve this so am trying not to salivate at the other competitors’ larger meals. The whole equilibrium thing with water, electrolyte and food intake is vital in the hot temps. Loving the scenery and just to torture us our camp tonight is on the most ridiculously picturesque beach – the experience would be easily heightened by cocktails (which of course are not being served). Tomorrow is 46km over tougher conditions – worse sand, hills and hotter – so will be proceeding with caution. Thanks for the messages to the Madagascar competitor site. Now you just donate and I will do more hot miles.


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Posted: 01-Sep-2014 02:49:56 PM

Love that you were feeling good enough to blast it right out of the gate! Long may that feeling continue! I'll sacrifice a couple of blister plasters to the gods tonight. Glad you are enjoying the scenery. Kenny's classroom theme this year is about 'perseverance' and 'survival' so you also have about 170 kids following your progress. I hope Day 2 has gone well. Take care of those feet! Whenever I am feeling a bit peckish on a run I relive all of the yummy meals I have had and imagine them being thrown into a burner to keep me going! I told you that cheese and wine would come in handy xxx

Jeff McLean

Posted: 01-Sep-2014 10:43:03 AM

Great job young man. Day one is the toughest now you can settle in to the routine...grab some sleep and fire up for day 2!

Cara Reil

Posted: 01-Sep-2014 10:28:50 AM

Go Matt! Not sure if reading your blog will help or hinder my prep for next year's race! Keep us posted on your progress and hopefully the blister gods stay away...

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