RacingThePlanet Ultramarathon Blogs 2019
View All Posts 2019 From : Paul Redbourn
08 March 2019 05:40 am (GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi
hello all....the day after the long day....it was a real adventure. firstly i am happy to say that i made it in one piece and just 1 hour after it went dark
we had rain for 12 hours solid, which meant being soaked to the bone - despite however technical your gear was. the course was changed 3 times on the day due to certain river crossings being too high..... one was up to my shorts... ice cold glacial water with a very strong current..experiences that i never thought i would have...i had to empty and rinse my trainers many times yesterday to avoid blisters gettng worse – good news is that my feet are still strong
i had been waiting to finish the day with vegetable tikka for dinner, but i was frozen and shivering non stop – i had to strip off the wet gear leave shoes outside the tent and get straigt into the sleeping bag with an additional emergency foil around it... i couldnt sleep but i was warm and dry
today is rest day...i had the vegetable tikka for breakfast after a day of not eating enough and i am feeling strong for tmrw
positions are not out yet as we all got mixed up and lost with the 3 course changes, but i was pretty much in the usual positioning
yesterday was one CRAZY, cold, wet experience where my body went into survival mode to get me home to the tent....definitely pushed the body harder than ever before and jogged about 50%
06 March 2019 08:32 am (GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi
Thank you all for the blogs and emails…they are great to read after tough days in the mountains
Today was a beast again….up 1700m, amazing views of Wanaka from mount roy…then along a ridge that genuinely scared me….a very long winding path down to Wanaka, then a 15km run in heat with no shade. I am now in the most beautiful camp nestled in the mountains and preparing for the 80km day tmrw
Finished 25th today, I had to walk the last 12km, before a gentle 2km jog to camp
Will fix some blisters now, then eat eat and eat !
05 March 2019 02:46 am (GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi
Wow! Another crazy tough day….40km over 3 stunning mountains 2440m total gain. Cold and windy at this checkpoint..already in pyjamas
Still happy to finish today #23 :-)
05 March 2019 02:32 am (GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi
What a day….all four seasons today, mount pisa was a beast with only slight visibility, harsh winds and temp near zero
Back at camp now…..burning hot weather ! but we have a stream to clean in… I have never run through so many cow sh1ts !!
Managed top 20 again so v happy
02 March 2019 09:15 am (GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi
All getting to know each other this afternoon…very excited to get going..bag checked in at 10kg, more than I had hoped, but too early to start dumping supplies !
01 March 2019 04:31 am (GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi
After a long travel day yesterday I arrived at Wanaka. The hotel and weather were great, but I was too busy unpacking and repacking my kit to take it all in
Today was much more relaxed and I managed to squeeze in a 5km run along the lake to loosen up. Yet again the weather is stunnig, but maybe a bit hot for 250km !
One more trek to the town (3km walk around the lake) for dinner tonight and any more last minute purchases
Tmrw is check in day starting immediately after an early breakfast
Looking forward to the start line on Sunday
28 January 2019 11:38 am (GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi
Good morning - I cannot wait for my first RTP. I have now spent many weeks walking & running around with 5-9kg on my back to the extent I feel naked without it !
Nearly all my gear is now tried & tested & my wife has finished sewing all the tags onto my shirts - this didn't look easy, I will have to find some special thank you presents in Queenstown