Finished the long day race - and managed 87km in 20 hours! So while I will not reach the full 250km, I have now managed to conclude Sahara Race with 175km. With a 30th placement on day day and 61 on the long day, for someone who shouldn't even participate if you ask the Doc, I suppose that I can leave Egypt quite content with this result. It has been a great experience, beautiful scenary and great people. Special thanks to the Medical team for taking good care of me when I was down and to Jacob Hastrup at location for his great coaching and motivational support during the long day.
Did a few hours today and then took rest of the day to try to complete me re-hydration and enjoy offroading plus the beautiful desert. Next stage is 86km... so if I making it it will take a good 20 hours..Am just hoping that I have managed to get my fluid balance back in order so I can try to finish this mamouth stage. Other than that - I'm getting seriously tired of my energi powder, which is breakfast and lunch and all snacks inbetween. See you on the other 'side'!!
Bad news - the Doc pulled me out of the competition. Suppose after having thrown-up my guts last night, having killer headache, been on IV for 3 hours to attempt hydration and sleeping in the medic tent overnight, they were right to pull me from today's stage. I will see how I feel tomorrow if I can finish or just reach 100km ;-)
Thanks for all the support!!
PS: Sahara is ,as always, beautiful!
This was my day :) started out with my planned strategy of following the leaders from the start. While they moved on in record pace, and I was overtaken by a number of competitors, but by the time we came halfway - people started feeling the pain from the heat - which to me was a plesant morning with up to only 35-36 degrees. so I started 'eating' my way in on them... I think I ended up as #30, after 5:30 hours or so for the 38km (this was for you Habibti - less than 6hours as agreed ;)) Arriving at Camp 2 with an average speed of 7km/h, I though did realize the price I paid - 3 blisters, so now doing 'surgery' on my feet, before the fun-fun day tomorrow - which is Sand Dune day!!!
By the way - I met our guide from last year - Rehab, and Mo he did tell me to let you know that you can call him to find out where we are on Friday (which will be very close to Fayoum).
I look forward to see what tomorrow's update will bring/contain, as there is no way i can do a repeat of today but then again, now's the time for me to take it easy and enjoy the headstart I have...
First of all thanks to Magda for saving me, by getting safetypins as required by the organisers. checked and weighed in. but great chocker - 13kg all of a sudden!!
4 hours drive to camp 1. then checking in and then dinner. Was hanging out with the other Danes - we are 6 in total. Did another run at the pack, to lighten it - managed to take out another 1-1.5kg from my pack.so feeling a bit better about tomorrow. Speaking of which - tomorrow is 38km. starting at 0700, so lets see what time I`ll be in tomorrow. Off to bed shortly before getting up at 0530 for breakfast, packing and warm-up. Thanks for all the support so far!!
PS: Hi Su
Saturday is so close.... packing up here in Doha and doing final Ipod charges/loading of music for the trip. Can't wait to get started on the race and see how far I can take this. Body and mind is as ready as it gets..
time is flying... I cannot believe that in the last 5 months I have come from pretty much nothing (when doing 10km was a challenge) to this where I am doing 1/2 Marathon every day in 30-35 degrees. and in the last 3 weeks having done equally number of Marathons. tomorrow 50km in the desert and then one more week (peaking with 60km) of training before scaling down the last two weeks before the Race. ready, set.........GO!
Now that was not a nice surprise to get... just as I was progressing so well on my training, then now I have at least 2-3 weeks set-back with a sprained medial collateral Ligament. So i guess in many ways I am pretty much starting all over again - 5 month to go ;)
I have started with my training, trying to avoid any damage while building up my shape, I have decided to start out slow.. time being I am doing 10km every other day and then in the weekends I go to the Qatari desert and do 10km there, testing various types of sand. But we are now in April and already seeing temperatures coming close to 40 degrees.. so during/after the training sessions, i am now already getting quite some experience with water consumption (seems that I am consuming 2-2.5L for every 10km.) and and foot care.. got my first blood blister - so excellent training ;))