Monday, 25 June 2007
Not always happy endings
Heaps of group pictures followed by more pasta at Madigans, then i realised that i still hadnt got some cheap sunglasses to run in so off to the Chevron servo. After yet another night without sleep went surprisingly confidently into todays race, was really looking forward to escaping the hype and actually running. Well i'll be short and sweet (longer report to follow later) went out conservatively as i knew the cold would make it hard, all was good until Last Chance where i was told i was 8 pounds over my starting weight and was held and fed the appropriate foods as well as getting some blisters fixed. Was told to walk rather than run as basically hard running and my cold were too much in combination for my body to work properly. By Devils Thumb this was up to 10 pounds but at least my blood pressure and pulse were good so i was encouraged to go on. By Michigan Bluff was nine pounds but the doctor was a little wary and gave me a blood test that was then the end of my race, a helluva long way to come for my second ever dnf and only 55.7 miles into it. Otherwise a great day for the Aussies, 6 under 24 hrs including Martin Fryer's 21st place with 21 odd hours. As i type with an hour to go there is only one left, Bill, to finish.