So, after 9 months of hard training, a broken arm and few other sore hips, knees and toes, the first day of reckoning arrives. With my tent mates, Adam, Mark, Simon, Patrick, Ian, Trevor and Claire we are all ready. All first timers we have no idea what really lies ahead!
Stage one, a 36km trek over what was described as some of the more forgiving terrain. I had no idea what to really expect other than I knew it would be hot, hot, hot! The plan was simple – take each check point (roughly 12 km apart) one at a time. Run to my own pace, keep my heart rate within my strong zone of between 130 – 140 beats per minute and frankly just see how it goes! Simple, possibly naive!