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The Long Day

15th June 2012 05:09 AM[(GMT+04:00) Abu Dhabi, Muscat]

Finally finished the long day at about 11pm last night. Took me just over 13 hours (I think) and more than happy to see the camp site after that. It was quite a pleasant trail and I decided to stop for a 30 minute break at the 5th checkpoint for a change of socks and some hot chocolate. It worked a treat and I felt better after that. Strange day through. Really pleasant weather until a thunderstorm came in. 2 hours in the rain and then stinking hot followed by a huge wind storm. It definately gave me something to think about other than the trail. Woke up this morning to an awesome view of the Kajistan border with snow covered mountins and a broken bone in my right foot. Noticed a little pain for the last 20kms but didn't think too much of it. My foot is now the size of a small rock melon but as long as I can get my sock on, I'll get to the end. Not one blister though. Have to do more hill work in the training and fooud that running marathons is not ideal training for this at all.

It has been a great experience and the people here have been awesome. It's also good to see that there are some that are looking worse for wear than me. And there are some here that are just superstars. Check the time on the Spanish and Saudi leaders. Spoke to both of them and they have run the whole 250kms. I think we lost 20 from the initial 160 so it is brilliant to see the different efforts that everyone has to go through just to get to the end.

Looking forward to the next one, hugging Jo and Maddie, chasing Bear and hamburgers and beer tomorrow night. Thanks for all of your words of encouragement. Case, I'll sign you up to do Chile with Rachel and I.

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Joanne Savvas

Posted On: 16 Jun 2012 03:48 AM

You did it sweets! Congratulations on finishing today. I am sure by now you have completed the last 15km and have an awesome sense of achievement. We are all very proud of you. Hope the foot didn't trouble you too much today. At least now you can relax and enjoy yourself. We miss you. Love J,K,M. xx
Stage 4

13th June 2012 09:13 AM[(GMT+04:00) Abu Dhabi, Muscat]

Hello to all,

Well that was exciting. It took longer than I thought but we were warned that it was going to be the toughest stage yet. And it was. The first 20 odd ks were nasty and up and down hills. Not my strong suit but finished 62nd which I was more than happy with. Some sore looking people here now at the end day 4. Tomorrow is the 80km section so there won't be any blogs until the day after. Little bit light on today as I'm tired but no injuries or blisters so I will be good for the long day.

Love to Maddie and my boy. I'm sure he is a great help and thanks for looking after the kids whilst I'm away.

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Joanne Savvas

Posted On: 14 Jun 2012 05:51 AM

Awesome effort you are almost there. Well done on stage 4. I hope today is going ok for you I know it is one of the long days. Good news about no blisters and injuries so far. Don't worry about being tired there is no sleeping back here either. Kai and Madie are being a tag team. One goes to sleep and the other wakes up. The joys of a new born and a 2.5 year old. So proud of you. Love J,K

Joanne Savvas

Posted On: 14 Jun 2012 10:37 AM

Hi babe, hope you are doing ok after today. Kai made you a lovely fathers day card at school. Not the best picture of you on the front of the card because as usual you are talking during the photo and have your eyes half closed but that's to be expected with you. All good back here. I hope you are enjoying the comments and support from everyone. Hope to drum up more donations for you. Love ya, J,K,M.

Joanne Savvas

Posted On: 15 Jun 2012 06:31 AM

Congratulations! Excellent effort sweets. Even Kai is telling me you only have one more left and then you are finished. The end is in sight. We are so proud of you. I am sure it has been an awesome journey and I hope your last stage goes well. Can't wait to hear from you. Love always J,K,M.

David Mutch

Posted On: 15 Jun 2012 19:09 PM

Just seen the latest results and looks like another tough day, but only one stage to go and your well up there. All the best for the final stage,and see you at running training on tuesday (joking)
Stage 3

12th June 2012 04:36 AM[(GMT+04:00) Abu Dhabi, Muscat]

Hi to all and yes I am getting the blogs. Thanks for the words of wisdom and I always go out too hard. Today was an awesome start followed by a miseable section of about 25kms of shale and hills. I don't think that any training would have prepared me for this as it is much harder than I thought (tell Rachel that I will take her along to Chile if she's up for it). Finished 62nd today which was ok but I was very dehydrated at the end and feeling quite ordinary. The course brief for tomorrow has it as the hardest day before the long walk so I intend to take it easy and just walk so that I have as much energy as possible for the 80km stage. Left from a town called Langeville this morning and the scenery continues to be amazing. We have climbed to 2500 metres tonight and are spending the night in a cold bowl between hils before tomorrow's stage.

Love to you guys to (Jo, Kai and Maddie) and hope to finish in good order and get home soon.

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Posted On: 13 Jun 2012 10:11 AM

Keep going Dave! Everyone in our office is enjoying your updates! This race sounds amazing. We love reading the blogs.

Joanne Savvas

Posted On: 13 Jun 2012 13:33 PM

Hi Sweets, hope stage 4 went well today. They have yet to post the results so I am hoping you did ok and are feeling well before the long day tomorrow. Only 2 stages to go which is good. Keep going. Madie and I went to Dubai today to do her paperwork. She was very good on the drive. Kai wants to come running with you. I told him maybe when he gets a bit older. Keep up the good work babe. Love J, K

Al Stehouwer

Posted On: 13 Jun 2012 15:31 PM

Gday mate, sorry it's taken so long to post. Only 2 stages to go! Can you see the light @ the end of the tunnel?......then get the hell outa the way!! I hear the drivers are nay good in that part of the world! Seriously though: all the best for the run home. Al

Reece Dewar

Posted On: 14 Jun 2012 04:22 AM

To climb any mountain one must take that first step. Mate, great effort, keep going strong. Will see you at the end.


Posted On: 14 Jun 2012 09:09 AM

Hi Dave I'm following your blogs and loving the inspirational dialect. It's such an admiral cause and a great excerpt to show the children when they are older . Well good luck for the rest of the race .......... Dig in!
Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

11th June 2012 05:39 AM[(GMT+04:00) Abu Dhabi, Muscat]

No chicken dinner for me I'm afraid.  But next time I need something to kill the taste of these dehyds. Absoultely rotten and they all taste the same. Don't think that I will ever get rid of the taste of Sweet and Sour Chicken with rice. Miserable!


Well that was tough! A lot harder than yesterday and the final stretch of 9km on bitumen gave me the worst case of shin spints that I have ever had. Turns out that my socks were cutting off the circulation to my right leg (freaky) and that caused the problem. Stiff and sore now and stretching to try and get rid of it.

Scenery was brilliant with the typical mix of hills, river crossings and then more hills. Who'd have thought! Hoping for a decent nights sleep tonight as last night we were lucky enough to all be moved into a Tajik village and slept in the anti-room of a common house. Just my luck that the family had a kid who cried all night. I felt like getting up and feeding and changing it myself just to get some peace and quiet.

Thanks for the commnets on the blog. We get them the day after and its good to be in touch with the world. Spread the work - you can still donate to oasis for cure (check Google). Missing everone at home - especially Boof, Boofette and Beady.

More to follow tomorrow.

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Joanne Savvas

Posted On: 12 Jun 2012 12:48 PM

Woo Hoo! We can see you have finished stage 3 well done. Almost there sweets. We know tomorrow will be a hard day but we are thinking of you and know you can do it. Hope you are doing ok and not suffering any injuries or blisters. Kai knows you are out running still and talks about it all the time. He is your number 1 fan along with Madie and myself of course. Madie is doing great. She is being a very good girl. Well get lots of rest tonight and good luck for tomorrow we will be thinking of you. Lots of love J, K

David Mutch

Posted On: 12 Jun 2012 18:17 PM

Looks like a good day. Hope you haven't gone behind a rock and cried yet. Al ain news today, well I went to the dentist, got some milk and toilet roll from Albela and cleaned up the dogs crap that's about it so reckon its more exciting in the Gobi. Keep up the good work, everyone was asking how you were going at running club tonight and send there love and kisses Catch up tomorrow
So Far So Good

10th June 2012 05:08 AM[(GMT+04:00) Abu Dhabi, Muscat]

I was great to finally start the race and it didn’t disappoint. Magic weather for the first couple of hours and then an awesome headwind and heaps of stones to complicate the process. I couldn’t believe that it was the desert (definitely not the UAE) but the snow covered mountains helped to help ease the pain. I think that I finished in about 4:50 but not too sure. Tomorrow will be a longer stage with about a 42km leg but just now, whilst sitting in a small village called Taspushka, I’m feeling confident. Trying to save as much energy for the long day, which others have been happy to tell me is really painful. I’ll try a fast walk tomorrow and give the running a miss. Surprising to say that I may have started out a little too fast again (when will I learn?) and hope that I don’t get up in the morning and fell too good.

Dave, the program has worked well so far but you will need to lift your game on nutrition. I don’t know if I could possibly carry any more food but more sweet stuff is definitely essential (and tea bags).

Learning some valuable lessons for the next one (that will make you happy Jo).

 More tomorrow after I finish. Thanks to all for the support and it’s been emotional (without the crying yet).


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Joanne Savvas

Posted On: 11 Jun 2012 04:34 AM

Ha ha! You never listen sweets. I knew you would go out too fast as usual. I was happy to see you finished stage 1. I check the results throughout the day and you did it in 4:59 which is exactly what you were aiming for so well done. I hope you woke this morning feeling good. I will keep checking throughout the day to see when you finish. Are you getting my comments and emails? We love you and keep up the good work. Love Jo, Kai and Madie. xx


Posted On: 11 Jun 2012 18:58 PM

Looking good and strong, moving up the field. And England just drew with France 1-1 so I'm sure that will make you happy. Also tash got locked in the wadi adventure toilets for a few hours and that's the al ain news. All the best for tomorrow and KIT (keep it together) dave and the mutches

9th June 2012 04:43 AM[(GMT+04:00) Abu Dhabi, Muscat]

Finally finished the ordeal that got me to Kasgar at the far West of China. (Kashi) in the local tongue ended up being about 25 hours from Abu Dhabi and it was well before midnight before I got my head down. There was a 2 hour bus trip through country-side very similar to Hatta. All that’s missing is the extreme weather. Have met some really great people and there are those that are deadly serious about the race and those that just want to finish. I am still sticking with the original plan of trying to finish each stage in about 5-6 hours and will save myself for the long stage on days 5 and 6. Update to follow tomorrow on how the first race day went but I’m really impressed with the organization of the race, the locals and the festivities to get it stated.

DJS 9 Jun

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Joanne Savvas

Posted On: 10 Jun 2012 10:53 AM

Glad you made it safely. Don't forget to update your blog so we know how you are going and feeling at the end of each day. We look forward to reading your blog every night. Love Jo, Kai and Madie. x

Dave Mutch

Posted On: 10 Jun 2012 18:21 PM

Good effort Dave, we are keeping a close eye on you. Rachel says it looks easy, so I\'m going to enter her for next years race. Seriously well in and keep It going

Joanne Norman

Posted On: 14 Jun 2012 06:51 AM

Davo, you are a star! Even on the other side of the world I am amazed. The AD Adventure Race training must seem like a distant memory now but I miss my training partner. Maybe I will be inspired by your blog and adventures and join you on the next one! I could always do with a rest from 4 kids, 2 dogs and a mad husband! Stay safe, work hard and keep up the updates. Jo and crew x


Posted On: 14 Jun 2012 07:04 AM

nice one mate. You really doing that tattoo some justice :-) looks like you will be beating King Zurkzees. i have also been inspired to join Rachel for next year. nice one mate


Posted On: 14 Jun 2012 07:05 AM

You really doing that tattoo some justice :-) looks like you will be beating King Zurkzees. i have also been inspired to join Rachel for next year. nice one mate