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20 August 2021 06:00 pm (GMT+04:00) Baku, Tbilisi, Yerevan
Wow, that was a fun Long March. We didn’t stop at all for 70km. Someone asked me the night before what we talk about during the race so I tried to keep a mental log today – it was nothing but pure concentration on the race for 11hrs. Thinking about food levels, water, state of our legs, blisters, distance, time, position, etc. It was like being co-pilots, monitoring hundreds of dials and discussing the best course of action throughout the flight. And I am now more confident than ever that I have the best co-pilot ever.
Jeanne was in pretty serious pain from the get go. Her quads really hurt, especially on the downhills, and there were some severe downhills early on. I could see the tears rolling down her cheeks but she would not slow down! That was at kilometre twelve… we still had 58km to go… and she took on every single one like a champ. She reached a state she hadn’t encountered before, and she found something awesome inside her to not only keep going, but still competing. She has now put 2hrs between herself and the next position – if she takes it easy tomorrow, she should be on the podium. I’m so proud of her and I’m so happy I could guide her through her first race.
I’ve felt pretty good throughout this race – I felt in control at all times, and not as “in the red” as my previous races. But this was also by far the fastest. Experience helps. I wonder what’s next…