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The map shows the position of which the pictures for the day are taken (if any). The start and finish markers are placed at the first and last valid registered position. This is not nessesary the actual start and finish position, if GSM or GPS signals was not available.
Distance today: 20.0 km (Accumulated: 21557.0 km)
Elapsed time: 02:00:16
Country: Chile East
Start 10:00am., 11c, med. wind, allmost clear. At km-marker "KM 15" on the hwy. N9 to Punta Arenas, 15km South of P. Arenas. Finish 12:37pm., 18c and same. At green roadsign "Rio Seco 9km" on Av. Pdte. Manuel Bulnes at Western end of Punta Arenas.
Short run in blistering sun !
... The 43km yesterday luckily didn't effect the legs much, perhaps because the 'deep snow running' the last 3-4 weeks back in Scandinavia apparently has made up for the lack in training volume. But, the sun on the other hand did turn out to pose a surprising challenge right from the start here at the tip of South America.
I think most are aware of the problem with the low amount of ozone in the atmosphere above the polar region at Antarctica. Yet I definately didnt expect it to be fealt this directly:
After around 5hours of total sun exposure during yesterdays stage, in half-overcast conditions and an ave. temperature of about 15c - the face, hands, arms and legs were sunburned to a degree that I've seldom experienced. If you look at the pictures taken at the beginning of todays stage you can see that the right hand is swollen a'la baceball-glove from the sunbrun.. (the pic. for each report can be seen by clicking "Reports" in the menu, then selecting the current contry or continent and then the date - the pic. are displayed in a cronological slideshow under the report and their gps-location can be viewed at the insert map).
Even though sunburn doesn't really place itself at the top of my list of obstacles in runs and expeditions like this, then the amount of 'dark red skin' did maneage to cut out a fair share of the sleep at the following night. Obviously I tried w. sunblock at todays stage (Jamie luckily brought a bottle) but it quickly became evident that even factor 50' protection had little effect towards the sting from the bright sun near Antactica. So... Its one of the rare occations at the world run's where the stage needs to be kept short due to the sun ;-)
Still, with a planned carefull beginning of the run w. 3-5 weeks of only 30km pr. day in average, then todays 20km stage fit nicely in after yesterdays longer stage. The next days the forecast is rain - though with an UW-factor waring of 8 despite full overcast conditions - and I hope the skin will adapt during this time. Else its eighter night-running (as across the Australian Nullabor desert in world run I), full zinc-creme coating or to run in fully covering running suit like today.
Hopefully the first options will be possible :-)
Besides the sun-experiense', I enjoyed the thrilling views over the Magellan Straight, the sparse but coleurfull vegetation, the odd 'western style' of the rugged city of Punta Arenas and the company of seagulls, a few dogs and a little flock of alpacka lamas next to the road.
By the way a video-clip from yesterdays run is now online (running alongside dolphins):
The exact route can be seen each step of the way via the gps-documentation system which transmits live as I run. In case of lack of transmission signal it will be uploaded automaticly when I reach carrier signal again.
When you click at the "live coverage" you need to further click on "jesper kenn olsen" in order to see the stages which has been completed if I am finished with the days running, since I am thus not transmitting live before the next day. The time you see at the live-coverage is the total time spend on that particular stage from the run starts to the finsh point (including time spend on reststops for food, water, navigation, local authorities, road safety etc.) where as the time at the top of this report is the "stopwatch time" which is excl. all stops.
The pictures from the stages will usually be uploaded in the evening but can be delayed depending on wether I have data-signal to transmit them. They will be displayed under each daily report when you click on "Reports" in the main meny and select the contry or continent I am currently running on. They are coded with the gps-location at which they are taken and their position will be displayed on the little map next to the report.
Besides giving an impression of the run, the gps-data and live-transmission is an essential part of documenting that the run is actually done running each step of the way across the continents.
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