18.Nov.2015

Nov 18, 2015

I’m really enjoying my time here at the Icarus 6 day race. I’ve never attended one before, but would certainly recommend doing so to anyone interested in seeing how these extreme ultra athletes manage to get through six days of nearly continuous running with no (or almost no) sleep.

Tomorrow morning the 72 hour race begins. On Friday morning, the 48 hour race starts, and on Saturday morning it’s time for the 24 hour and 12 hour races – the latter is the one I’m doing. Yes, it’s the shortest, but it will also be the race run at the fastest pace.

The fields for these races are really impressive, with many world record holders in various categories. It’s a daunting prospect facing a race with such an elite international field. But it’s a learning experience for me, and I’ll just be happy to complete it relatively unscathed. No real expectations of a high placed finish.

Remember, you can view the real time progression of the six day race on Six Day Progressive Results. A similar  ability will be available for the other races, including mine, once they start, by going to mcmtiming.com and clicking on the relevant link under the Icarus heading.

Below is a photo of Kevin Carr running in the rain. He’s currently in second place. Sorry about the light being poor, but it was quite dark at the time. The weather here in southern Florida is very tropical, with brief thunderstorms in the afternoon, followed by more of the ubiquitous hot sunshine. That’s what makes it so humid. As impressive as the fields are in each race, there won’t be any world records set in humidity like this.

 

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On This Day

 

Nov 18, 2012

Distance today = 50.85 km; Total distance = 14,575.15 km; Location = Balde, Argentina (13 km west of) – 33 24.073′ S, 66 45.477′ W; Start time = 0917, Finish time = 1702

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I am now running on the Ruta 7, the main highway between Mendoza and Buenos Aires. Despite very long straights through vegetation that resembles mulga scrub, I quite enjoyed the day, running strongly.

The weather was near to perfect – sunny, about 28C, and with a cooling breeze. After 11 km I reached the state border, crossing from the province of Mendoza to San Luis. The Argentineans love their check points, as the border involved three different gates to pass through. I had a nice conversation with one of the border guards, Daniel, who was quite interested in what I was doing.

Soon after, I entered a straight that was about 25 km long. I could see the end of it, as the elevation rose about 200 metres – only a very gradual incline, but it was still all up hill. From there I turned slightly into another straight. I have run about 15 km downhill on this one, but I have about another 40 km to go on it tomorrow, and much of that is back uphill. Amazingly, the topography is such that I could see the whole 55 km of the straight from the western end.

Tonight we’re staying at a very nice little hotel, in the town of Balde – a great little find, with a very helpful manager, Emmanuel.

One thing I’ve noticed about Argentina is that the restaurants usually don’t open till 9 pm. It’s a very different situation to that of rural USA where, for example, we arrived at a Pennsylvanian retaurant one evening at 7:10 pm, and were told the place closed at 7 pm. We asked why, receiving the reply that “No-one wants to eat after seven”, as we were surveyed with contempt for wanting to eat “so late”. While 9 pm is fairly late for a restaurant to open, I think I’d prefer that to one that closes at 7 pm.