email from Tim re stage 2.
Windy night and sandstorms at the start - in fact this tent just collapsed and took out a few people, zero vis when it comes through..
I dialed the pace right back today- no longer competing...but just trying to complete!
ITB giving me massive trouble - if I stop Im immobilised!
Finshed today, 5:21, the knee started to come good, but right after I crossed the line, BANG I couldnt walk - had an injection of anti inflam into the space between the ITB and the articulation, not into the articulation itself [don’t know what the drug was]
Today was 38km, tough but fewer dunes than yesterday - was going well until checkpoint 2 then the knee arced up - will continue as long as I can move forward.
Looking forward to a cold beer, but that won’t be for a while now.*
We ran through an old town and a dry river/lake area, uneven ground was very difficult, took the wind out of the sails.
The setup is amazing, it’s like they move a small city every day!
out of space!
email from Tim re stage 3.
The injection worked!
First aussie home today I think! [ed: he was!]
But also took heaps of cool photos!
Passed through a small village and over a steep crevasse before CP1, the terrain was a death trap! Loose rock on hard/soft sand! Many dune sections today, a lot hotter too.
Managed food and water well today, coming in with my bottles only just empty.
CP1 TO CP 2 was very sandy with small dunes, found some wild camels and got some shots.
Was tough with strong cross wind. CP3 to Biv 3 - straight out of the CP up a rocky crevasse that just went on & on, caught by a kiwi, but I know he’s fast so felt good about it.
Amazing views from the top - got more photos. With 5/6 dues left to basecamp, my tent mate caught up to me - but this was to be my day...I put the camera away and fired it up...got in a few mins ahead of him ;-)
Felt hard but good - now to work out eating for tomorrow’s long effort - will conserve the knee - will get that freaking medal -not so keen to pop that flare now ;-)
Spirits high legs sore, but still smiling especially when I get the emails of support, thanx.
MDS Stage 3 update: awesome effort from Tim overnight - 65th fastest over the stage (fastest Aussie!), 5:03:48 only 1:48:58 behind the stage winner...currently sitting 143rd/833 (16 DNFs), total time 15:39:11, 6:41:44 behind the leader...still 3rd Aussie/17 (3 DNFs) but closing the gap!