World Run II / Reports
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Distance today: 0.0 km (Accumulated: 15818.8 km)
Elapsed time: 00:00:00
Since last report - on the way to hospital in Dar Es Salaam - it has been quite busy and the priority of taking care of the arm meant that there came a huge delay in the reports (it will be caught up with during this week :-)
The arm turned out to be heavily infected through the wound I got from back in the volcanic desert in Kenya. It had swollen and there was fear that it was spreading so the hospital immideately made an operation and started to treat w. strong anti-biotics by intravenious & pills. (I could stay at my hotel and only had to check w. the doctor once a day :-)
I still had said yes to the invitation from my good friend K.G. one week earlier to take part in the international 6day race in Sweden 31/8 to 5/9 so in any case I flew up there. But now with two options:
eighter to make it a recovery-holiday to get the arm 100pct. healed before returning to the route,or to race a bit and in that way pick up energy/inspiration before returning to Africa.
I decided to start in the race but after 30hours the 'burning' feeling in the arm near the wound began to return. I did not want to risk eighter my arm or the rest of world run 2 - so I stopped at 48hours w. 260km.
By the way I hadnt had a chance towards the win (it could..., but shouldnt !, have changed my decition ;-)
The body didnt recover as fast as Im used to during the small breaks and streatching exercises and that would mean that my usual 'late race push' wouldnt be possible.
But the race course is probably the most beautifull Ive seen: around a quiet lake, forest nearby and glimses of city-life through the woods.. :-)
The race itself should be quite interesting too !! By the men there has been a tough opening by Christophe Laboire from France but he's having a battle from Lars Christoffersen (denmark :-)and much can stil happen !
The womens match seems to be between fast Sarah Barnett, Australia, and slow-but-never-resting Martina Hausmann, Germany. Should be interesting !
(But ofcourse its not a great feeling going from 3 straight 6day wins; Australia France & South Africa, to not even beeing able tocomplete the race. I know few things worse - but I think its a better choice reg. long term chances of completing the world run 2, .. What helped at themoment was a call from Africa from my girlfriend.
Sometimes one person can make all the difference :-))