Please check Day 6 photo album for pics. This post was ready this morning but cellular reception in the karoo isn’t so hot.
Yesterday challenged everyone’s ability to roll with the punches.
Original plans for my shift, were to head to the start point in the shuttle bus, rather than the main bus to camp. However, in confirming the finer details of when we’d leave, those plans were changed.
Everyone in camp would head to Sutherland on the big bus instead. That alteration in plans isn’t too big a deal, but it does involve some logistical elements in terms of planning your bus bag for the day and other bits.
In getting to day 6, one big realisation is that in addition to the physical challenge of the running each day, a relaxed, flexible and positive mindset are crucial to getting through the week.
If you’re too fixed in your mindset and get frustrated / despondent with changes to plan that may be an inconvenience or worse still, a pain, the changes to plan will break you.
After packing up camp, the trip to Sutherland was a long 3-hour one and somewhere along the way, it became apparent that we hadn’t quite worked out how the next shifts runners would get onto the two running buses and what we’d do with the runners coming off shift. The fact that we had zero cellphone signal just added insult to injury.
Yes, the week is a logistical beast and when the precision planning goes slightly wrong, it can serve up some serious challenges. What did we do? We boer-maak-n-planned the shit out of it, stopped the big bus at the shift changeover point, the chefs whipped up a lunch on the road, we runners got ready and with relatively minor inconvenience and uncertainty, headed off on our shift.
As much of an inconvenience as we suffered, we found out the crew two-shifts behind us had it much worse. Finishing at 06h00 on Wednesday morning after a full night (and suicide shift – I think), and with the camp at Sutherland not ready to receive them, they roamed the roads between Fraserberg and Sutherland like tired homeless zombies. The ever-creative Byron Hardy found a B&B online and sponsored his team a shower, refresh and breakfast session in Fraserberg before they lunched it in Sutherland town and headed to the camp.
Back to me – After getting over the weird disruptive start, it was a nice cool afternoon and armed with some great music, I managed a nice steady 25km leg which finished just before the sun set and the chill came in. A chiro realignment, some physio and strapping did Giela’s ITB the world of good and he put together some really solid shifts culminating in a sub-5 minute 5km stretch. Holly ran strongly as ever. Katie was ever the trojan on her bike, insisting she limp up the hills on her fractured hip injury and refusing to stop when we suggested she take a break. Her bravery and vasbyt have for me epitomised the kind of spirit Mad2Run is about. And Jolandi and Gerber were both solid as ever with Jolandie fighting off being really cold, to soldier on till the end.
I finished the shift with a quick-paced last 5km’s, that gave me 45 for the day and 200 for the week so far, just 10 shy of my goal for the week, which I’m resetting to 250, if I can run in to Cape Town tomorrow.
It was a beautiful last 5km’s downhill, where the mountains blocked out some of the cold, and with the time afforded us by a recoup (which meant the next shifts didn’t take over immediately from us), the two buses came together for celebratory beers on the side of the road at midnight, before heading back to camp. A truly memorable moment.
And rather than tents, our surprise of the day was staying in a chalet, with a roof, AND walls, AND a kitchenette AND a toilet. Whoop whoop. What a difference that makes to ones spirits and despite coming in at 01h30 and needing to leave at 10h00 (our next suicide shift), the 4 hours sleep seemed to have the same recuperative powers of a normal 8-hour sleep at home.
A quick breakfast, pack-up and onto the road for day 7. None of us can believe it’s gone so fast and that tomorrow we’ll be entering Cape Town to complete our epic journey before running the Two Oceans half marathon together on Saturday.
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Photos related to this post viewable in this album – Day 6 Album
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