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Mick Hogan

02 December 2018 01:53 am (GMT-03:00) Brasilia

Well, the race has finished and we crossed the Drake passage last night.  It certainly lived up to its reputation as the “Drake Shake”… We left Antarctic waters a bit earlier than planned so we could miss the worst of it.

The race finished as it started for me, which was slowly. But I was always told that if you’re going to do something, then do it well. So I feel that I wasn’t just slow, I was exceptionally slow haha.  The last stage was a 7.5hr, 2.4km loop around another small island.  One side of which was blowing a gale, the other side was about as calm as you can expect down here.  Unfortunately with the wind comes snow, so my shoes were soaked within the first 90mins or so and my feet felt like they were taking part in a pain test, except I wasn’t allowed to remove my feet from the ice water…. Once the wind and snow died down a little bit though I changed my socks which was enough to take the sting out of it, even though my shoes were still soaked.  Lot managed to find her way to shore also and was able to walk the last 5 or so laps with me which definitely helped to take my mind off things. It’s been a great week and the scenery has been spectacular. 

I hope everyone is well (and that Horne beat Mundine) Talk to you all soon!!

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Mum Hogan

Posted On: 03 Dec 2018 04:56 am

Hi darling Mikey. Well you did it. Well done. Sad to hear of the cold iced feet. That won't be a problem for you when you get back to Bris. You have certainly experienced some of the wonders of the world, extraordinary. Yes, Horne did beat Mundine. A knockout in the 1st round. Lots of v cross people. Bennet has been sacked by Broncos. See, nothing much changes. Looking forward to seeing you both soon. Big hugs. Love from us. xxxx
Mick Hogan
Day 3-4

29 November 2018 03:18 am (GMT-03:00) Brasilia

Day three turned out to be another long day. Almost 10hrs up a hill and down the hill…. I took it pretty easy and just kept moving at a pace that doesn’t feel like I’ll be doing any damage.  The top girls and boys seemed to make pretty light work of it (as they always do), and as mind numbing as loops can be, they are quite social, so the time goes by reasonably well.  It was an absolutely stunning day, and the 360deg view from the top of the hill was amazing.  It stayed sunny for the majority of the day also, so it was a good day to be a lomg one.


It was 9pm by the time we got back to the ship and started eating, at which point we were told that due to weather later in the week in the Drake passage, today was going to be another 12hr day, starting at 0600…. The news was met with the ethusiasm you’d expect haha.  Everyone got up today for breakfast at 0500, however it was quite windy with lots of snow and fog.  We were told that it wasn’t safe so we could eat, then go back to bed.  This was also met with the enthusiam you’d expect…. So now its 0930 and we’re still waiting. We’re hopefull to get out at some point, and the course today is meant to be quite flat which will make a nice change. It should also give the top runners a chance at hitting the 250km mark if we get long enough on shore…but not too long ;)


Lot had a great day exploring the local area with the guides, and managed to get lift back to the race for the last couple of hours which was nice.  She’s just about to get on a zodiac and have a look at ghe post office down here…


I should be off and start to maybe get ready for something that may or may not happen.  And Sam, I put in an extra special effort yesterday just for you...


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Mick Hogan
Stage 3 - Achieved a Personal Milestone

28 November 2018 02:48 am (GMT-03:00) Buenos Aires, Georgetown

Well, stage 2 started with me achieving a personal milestone.  I got lapped after 2km (insert face palm emoji, laughing emoji).  It pretty much sums up how my body is holding up.  But as the Dali Lama said, “If you cant be fast, be happy”.  I’m more than accustomed getting into the grind, so I’m just taking my time and enjoying every step.  

Lot got to spend time on course yesterday which was awesome (with her snowshoes) and got some great shots of the penguin colony that inhabited the island we ran on.  She even saw a couple (of penguins) having a shag, so really, we could probably turn around and leave now.  

Today (day 3) is planned for another 12hr day, the weather is looking good and the scenery is spectacular so it should be a good time. Until next time!!


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Allan Hogan

Posted On: 30 Nov 2018 02:27 am

Great stuff! Keep it happening. I agree with the Deli Lama...besides no point rushing it if you want to absorb the beauty of the place;-) Were the penguins on a rock?... just wondering .. We begin the long road north tomorrow. PapaD in good form. He's a real asset in his wheelchair.. we get to go to the front of the queue. ..he thinks it's very funny! Horn and Mundine face off tonight down the street from Heusseler Tce; bushfires raging in north Qld, Sydney got flooded a couple of days ago; cyclone brewing near Solomon Islands: so business as usual... enjoy the tranquility of the great southern ice mass! Big hugs to you both.
Mick Hogan

27 November 2018 04:38 am (GMT-03:00) Brasilia

Thnks for the update, I have to admit I laughed out loud about Beths wedding. A very Thomas wedding indeed!!

Well day 1 is over and it was a long one.  It was supposed to be a 12h day, but was finished at about 9.5  probably a combination of wether nd the lead runners doing such a massive ditance in the time.  The weather was pretty ordibary with lot of wind, snow, rain and not much sun.  The body feels exactly like it should for yhe lack of preperation and I’m glad we have a much shorter (4-5h) for our second day that starts in the afternoon.  There’ll be quite a bit of panadol getting consumed in the coming days haha.


Lot got to go ashore and did some snow shoeing and enjoyed it for what it was.  It was a beautiful day though, nd with the changing weather the scenery really seemed to change by the hour.  Apparently ther’ll be a lot of penguins on this second stage so we’re looking forward to that.

Thanks for the updtes, great news all around!  Big huggs to everyone and have an amazing time K&F on your fast pack! Sounds amazing!!

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Mick Hogan
24 Hours In

25 November 2018 08:06 am (GMT-03:00) Buenos Aires, Georgetown

Well we’re almost 24hrs into the trip and so far so good.  Lot started off ok, but started to feel  bit queasy this morning whenever she moved around.  We got a patch off the ships doctor and that’s seemed to have helped.  I haven’t had any real dramas, so I’m either tolerant to the seas, or the pills I got during our stop-over in NZ turned out to be A1! My other theory is that over the years, my love of beer has somewhat conditioned my equilibrium…..


The seas are living up to their reputation.  I’m sure it can get worse, but it could also be a lot better.  It makes it hard to sleep when you slide from one end of the bed to the other, so the next 36hrs or so will just be sleeping whenever we can at night, and naps through the day.  Kinda like whenever I’m off tour, HA!  There are a lot of familiar faces which is nice, and the thought of having a shower at the end of the day and a proper meal and bed has everyone pretty excited.


Other than that, not too much to tell yet.  How did the wedding go? Also, how did the Australian women’s team go in the T20 final?  I hope everyone’s well, I’m off to grab some more carrot cake.

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Sam Fanshawe

Posted On: 27 Nov 2018 04:13 am

So cool to see you there - there are some great pics! Your mission for the week is to run everytime you see the photographer!

Sam Fanshawe

Posted On: 27 Nov 2018 04:13 am

So cool to see you there - there are some great pics! Your mission for the week is to run everytime you see the photographer!

Fergus McFergusFace

Posted On: 26 Nov 2018 08:19 am

Hiya! Wedding was great fun - Beth came down the aisle to the Death March from Star Wars, I was dressed in the same gear (khakis, white shirt, blue jacket) as your dad, Pete's back yard was awesome with llamas and a tractor, and a good time was had by all! We're off to fastback the Cradle Mountain run over 2 days (35/45km), and forecast for snow so we'll be thinking of you! T20: not much of a game in the end... Australia won by eight wickets with almost 5 overs to spare: England 105 (19.4 overs): Wyatt 43, Gardner 3-22, Wareham 2-11 Australia 106-2 (15.1 overs): Gardner 33*, Lanning 28*, Ecclestone 1-12 Victorian election was a surprisingly big win for Labor. From the ABC: Victorians have "rejected the low road of fear and division" by voting Labor back into government, Premier Daniel Andrews says, as the Liberal-National Opposition wonders where it all went wrong in a state election some have described as a bloodbath. Mr Andrews said Victorians had re-elected "the most progressive government in the nation". The Opposition Leader conceded it was a "stunning" night for Labor. ABC election analyst Antony Green declared a Labor win within 90 minutes of counting getting underway. At 9:00am (AEDT), the ABC's election computer was showing a 4.8 per cent swing to Labor, and forecasting 55 seats were likely to go its way in the 88-seat Lower House. Meantime: enjoy the carrot cake and good luck!!! Big hugs to you both