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RacingThePlanet: Madagascar 2014 Blogs

Stage 1
31-Aug-2014 01:30:31 AM [(GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi]

Id like to summarize today with one of my favourite songs… “Alabama Shakes – hold on”. Wht a friggn ruthless day. First 10k was honestly jaw-dropping…I truly cant explain the beauty of it. Imagine the greatest beach in the world…now imagine it without a single building or person. Unreal. Unfortunately from checkpoint 1-4 was endless sand roads with nothing but the beating sun and no view. BUT we did run through a few small villages and the kids were relly cute but besides that id almost say today was worse than any day of gobi hahaha and it was the first day!! Its going to be a long week.

On the bright sidr though, my hip was actually feeling really good; even got some running in ;). Finished around 110th place nd took me about 6hrs 10mins. Im very happy about this….i don’t think I could deal with 10+hr days on the course like some poor souls are. We are staying on a beach right now…ya…a beach. It incredible minus the sand that is everywhere aha. Even had a swim earlier!!! So good after trekking 36km in 38 degree sun! had a pretty lousy sleep last night…not surprise haha. Tonight should be better with sand under us and everyone being exhausted. Briea, the psin in my hip is no longer lateral by the rec-fem..now medial haha not psoas, seems like adductor which is [email protected]!!! Going to stretch that girl out shortly. Woo!

Thsnk you all so much for the emails…I cnt explain how uplifting they are after a day like today. Hopefully Ronnie is emailing/posting. That’s all ive got for now. Im feeling strong nd burnt right now haha. Excited to see what the week holds…my goal is to come in 100th place. Felt pretty beat when I finished today but a good swim and food helped loads. ESPECILLY THE NOODLE SOUP I COOKED IN A COCONUT!!!! YA!!!! Bean soup time then time o chill and sleep. Have a few blisters from today…lets try and keep the feet in 1 piece. Bye! Thsnkd again!

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30-Aug-2014 01:30:05 AM [(GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi]

HOLY SMOKES! So many msgs! Thank you all so much….got me giggling and al fuzzy before the race even began ;). First things first….these keyboards suck so Ill try my best to hit the right keys but csnt make any promises. Ive been thinking about what I wanted mynfirst post to be about before the race actually started. On the bus ride over to camp1 it kind of came to me so ill try y best to spit it out. People from all over the world have different opportunities, wouldn’t you agree? The kid from Toronto would typically have a higher ceiling then the kid in Madagascar for the most part right? Im 25 years old…I feel old as shit but I also feel incredibly fortunate to have experienced what I have so far in only 25 years. I feel like I have really been pushing the envelope on my ceiling and not only discovering what my potential is but consistently raising the bar. For the last couple years peoples response after I tell them about my races s “uhhhhh why the hell would you do that?”….simple response, Why not? I live in one of the greatest countries in the world, I have access to figgn anything I want, even the sky isn’t the limit. To me, life is about surpassing your potential in every way possible…this is just another way im challenging myself and seeing how big my marbles are ;). Im running out ofntime so ill speed things up…im very very excited, this race is going to get hairy (ive been spending too much time with aussies haha). I quite literally have injuries from head to toe and my luggage is delayed in Paris but im going to do my best without causing permeant injury. Im beyond stoked to be here with amazing people I met from gobi….going to make things a bit more entertaining I think. We start the race tomorrow morning and I just wanted to thank everyo sgin for the beautiful year ive had. For the support from my old friends and new ones and of course my fsmily. You guys rock andI love you all so much. Times up and my mind is racing but nothing else is coming out….keep the msgs coming-love reading them! Cross your fingers the rocks under my tent don’t keep me up too much (my sleeping pad is in paris….im using pizza boxes hahaha..crap.) Time to get lost. Woo! J
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