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Stage 4
03-Sep-2014 02:28:11 AM [(GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi]

They drilled into my big toenail today! And I spent a joyous time bursting the rest of my blisters with a safety pin.

Sadly my training buddy Jeroen dropped out today, more space in the tent, but already missing his encouragement and cheerful big smile.

Finished a lot faster, despite spending time contemplating the sacred lake (with crocodiles so no swimming this time), great to get in and unpack before the sun goes down. Still 37 degrees C, and when the wind drops the heat is close to unendurable, the shade of a tree feels like jumping into the swimming pool at Abbots Manor.

The last stage came with some interesting temptations as we went through a small town along the “highway”, lots of little stalls selling cold coke and beer, even a hut with massage services, all of which we are not allowed to avail ourselves of, against the race rules : )

HERE COMES THE BIG PUSH – THE BIG DAY – 80KM, and then we are all done!!!!!! Feet don’t fail me now, pleeeeeeeeese.

Lost a race against all the little kids in a village, and wish I had stopped to kick a ball bout as well, but the thought of the pain in my feet made me think again (pathetic really).

Thank you for the emails and comments, fingers crossed I can provide a positive report in two days’ time, no blogging until we finish the 80 km.

8 COMMENTS

Lucy Toms

Posted: 05-Sep-2014 07:46:00 PM

Hey Big Brother - wowsers! So so proud of you and your feet! Feet literally enduring this feat. What a star you are - stay away from those snakes - can't believe you have to stay away from massages too - that would be a killer for me! Wish we were there at the sidelines to cheer you on - especially when they involve the beauty of the white sandy beaches! Good luck for the final two days - we will be thinking of you - sending heaps of love too - ooh and by the way, the idea of jumping into the pool at Abbots Manor may not be too much of a desire at the moment - as it is mainly inhabited by frogs! I'd stick to the Madagascan waters! x

YanYan Li

Posted: 05-Sep-2014 04:13:37 AM

Keep up the amazing work....sounds painful but the surroundings seem to ease the pain. I can just picture you so wanting to play a bit of football with the kids. Fabulous results!

penelope johnston

Posted: 04-Sep-2014 07:41:36 PM

Now 99th so pleased for you! just hope you can enjoy all the terrain to the end! looks something else you couldn't see a croc in out pool as deep green.21degrees molehills galore. Love M

ross eathorne

Posted: 04-Sep-2014 01:13:43 PM

Hey Lorence, Well done for doing one of these races. Nature makes you pay to gorge in her splendour.

Brendan Johnston

Posted: 04-Sep-2014 12:18:28 PM

Common you can do it. Once you get past this hard part you are pretty much done. Good luck with it all. Best of luck from Hong Kong Brendan J

T M

Posted: 04-Sep-2014 12:16:31 PM

Keep going! You can accomplish your dreams.... or hallucinations if the pain gets too much. We are all supporting you.

Jeroen Touw

Posted: 04-Sep-2014 11:34:59 AM

Come on big guy, you'll (toe)nail it! You were going from strength to strength, keep your eyes on the price (and the scenery!). Will see you at awards dinner.

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