Since returning back to the UK, I have had incredibly sore feet; the soles have taken a battering from constant hiking on the hot tarmac roads. Amazingly, my feet have no skin damage such as blisters; this is attributed to using the INJINJI toe socks throughout the race. Without sounding like a salesman, these really are fabulous socks and I would no longer entertain doing any endurance type event without these protecting my little pinkies.
In an attempt to relieve my sore soles, I have had a couple of visits to a local Sports Massage expert at Sports Massage Studio (www.smsfrodsham.co.uk) to enable me to return to normal use as soon as possible. It has really worked well, as I am almost at the stage where I can walk without issue and may even consider a run this weekend. Testament to the specific training that I undertook in preparation for this event, the rest of my moving parts have been without aches, strains or injuries.
On the July 17th, 2011 athletes from around the world including Great Britain's Steve Nash with the support of Richard Bungay will race non-stop through the Alps to the Mediterranean Sea, with just a paraglider and a pair of hiking boots to help them, their every move tracked by advanced technology and broadcasted to an audience of millions.
The 2011 race begins in Salzburg, Austria and finishes in Monaco. In between are eight turnpoints in Austria, Italy, Switzerland and France that force the participants through 864km of treacherous mountain terrain.
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The X-Alps race stopped for Team GBR1 rather abruptly yesterday, after I flew into a Forbidden Zone. We both thought it necessary to explain to those following us exactly what happened on Thursday 28th July:
This afternoon I ran my final training session around the local hills of Helsby and Frodsham. My Suunto T6C has been recording every training session since Jan 1st 2011 and today I clocked up 2000kms of running, hiking and biking - oh and 47569 metres of altitude gain! I have been steadly increasing the weight that I have carried on my back, eventually running with 9kgs during training.
Tomorrow Richard & I leave for the Alps, so we'll keep posting info on this site and Facebook as it happens.
We are currently busy studying the route. Here Tom Payne's excellent XCPlanner program is proving to be invaluable. This uses data from Skyways which was developed by Karel, Petr and Ondraj at XContest.org. Here's the first section of the route.