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Rest Day
05-Sep-2014 08:07:17 AM [(GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi]

Alrighttttt so, its 5pm now…sun is going down. The rest day should be renamed The Zombie Walk haha everyone groaning and hobbling around verrrry slowwwllyyyyy. My feet hated me today; they got very swollen and the medics and I agreed it was time to start popping some antibiotics (fortunately I came prepared with my own bottle). I spent a lot of time cleaning my feet and popping blisters then I elevated the old hobbit feet snd napped for a while. Feeling great right now Ive probably eaten about 3000 calories today and im about to eat more! The 77km stage yesterday was interesting, I woke up before the long leg and felt like I was preparing for battle BUT when the race started the only battle was deciding which pain in my body to focus on…feet, ankle, knees, hip…I was in a world of hurt and couldn’t get out of the funk. I walked the first 2 checkpoints with steve then by th 3rd leg we focussed on keeping the conversation going so we could forget about the pain and obviously the ridiculous distance ahead of us. CP2-3 we talked a bunch about tattoos, training techniques for endurance and nutrition. Steve has some crazy races coming up this year so he sounds stoked to make his training a little more efficient. Pain was wearing off, the view was a mix between the Australian outback, Africa, game of throwns and the lord of the rings haha I was crazy. We passed the great tsingy wall (I think) it was amazing. From CP3-8(40k to camp) we decided to kick things into gear and arrive at camp at a reasonable time. For the next few hours we ran 1 minute and walked 2 minutes then the last leg we were in a lot of pain and our run became more of shuffle so we started to run a bit more. Its quite funny, you know, it’s a massive distance we’re covering and the majority of us have spent months training and prepping but the race honestly starts at the halfway point of the long stage…that’s when youll either make it or break it. Will you sleep a few hours at the stopover checkpoint? Will you let the darkness of madgascar at away at you? Will th pain takeover an eat you up? Steve and I had a great pace snd even better morale during the 2nd half and we must have gone by 20+ people that just looked broken and demolished. This week hs been a complete blur; even the messages I get from you referring to my blog confuse me because I can hardly remember what I post haha. Tomorrow is 10km and I know if I push it I can probably jump from 95th to 93rd or something…but is it about the number? No. am I tempted to finish this bastard with 110%? Ya, kinda. Lets see how the feet feel tomorrow!

Some realizations and changes from this race: 1. Im not planning on entering another multistage race for a few years at least…such a huge toll on the body and it ha consumed the little social life I currently have. 2. Im entering a 125km ultramarathon next august in Edmonton hahaha its over 3 mountains and has a 24hr cut off time. Going to be epic. Lets do it Briea. 3. Steve and I are a brilliant team; we both have the humor of a 10 yearold (did I mention we were farting by some locals to make them laugh? It was friggn hilarious haha…. 10 years old…) anyways, we spent the last couple of days brainstorming book/business idea we came up with, going to be a great project. Also, we’re going on an amazon tour in a few years. YES! 4. It truly doesn’t matter how hard you train and prep for these races, they will kick your ass and test your mind at a new level. Up to you to make the best of it.

This race was a huge reminder that I am the one in control of how my mind and body feels. I decide how to define my experiences and thrive from them. “love and hate are beasts and the one that grows is the one you feed”. Peace out homies, thank you all again for the inspiring words along the way and putting up with my crap this year. I should be back online tomorrow…facebook and stuff. BOOM!

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