Hello from a warm and sunny rest day camp! Everyone is relaxing and attempting to recover from yesterday’s big effort, albeit for some it was also very much a today thing as well, with many taking 20+ hours to get it done. That’s tough!
I had a great day yesterday, managing the conditions pretty well, allowing me to enjoy the truly spectacular scenery. Many suffered with the heat, I’m told it was around 40c (and zero shade all day), but it didn’t seem an issue for me. I struggled a bit in the last 4k, but that was it. No major suffering for me – I was back in camp, relaxing in its relative comfort, watching the most spectacular sun set, followed by the most amazing display of stars, whilst most people slogged on. It was pretty special.
Jess and Eddie, I’m afraid my colour limitations resulted in me not seeing a lot wildlife out on the course, primarily due to a backdrop of orange/red rocky mountains. It also made following pink flags all day a little tricky at times as well! Anyhow, hyenas were spotted again, along with lots of black scorpions and my favourite – cheetahs! I so wish to see a cheetah. Apparently they are plentiful in these parts, so I’ll keep looking.
Fitness wise I’m in good shape considering we’ve been roughing it for a bit now, plus the small matter of running 200k with heavy backpacks. Some people are looking a touch sore though, I have to say. It’s a tough old course, way harder than I was expecting.
Tomorrow’s last push I believe is 38k, with a sand dune section that climbs 700m plus, in just 10k. I’m thinking that might sting a little! Thereafter I think it’s a quick 15k or so dash to an ocean front finish.
I’m pleased it’s the home stretch, super looking forward to seeing C, J & E back in HK!