Thursday, 6 April 2006

Here in OZZ with all the other MdS tragics

I'm in an internet cafe in Ouarzazate. It's hot today, 38 deg C and cool at night.  Not too over the top. Just had a lovely Maroccan lunch and heard from other runners  that the tenperature seared up to 55C last year.
Have managed to get the pack down to 8.8kg without removing one calorie which is fantastic. Most of the other runners have packs weighing 10-15kg+.  I could go lower but if I do I'll need to assume that I have no margin for errors. In fact I need to add back a couple of items.  There is a french girl who has a 5.5kg pack. ie. not enough food. Appaerntly she'll be penalised if she doesn't go in at least 6.5kg.
Ouarzazate life is slow. The Atlas mountains are in sight and the snow capped peaks seem out of place compared to the rough dry earthy appearance of the city and surrounds.  The moroccan architecture is just brilliant, and I like that adobe render look.
The other athletes seem so obsessed with pack weight. Looks like my research and work has paid off.
Apparently Jack Osborne (son of Ozzy) is here and competing. Hope he doesn't get lost and follow in his father's footsteps by eating bats from a Garrison like that poor Italian policeman in the Discovery documentary.
In the morning we leave to the desert by truck. We'll spend the afternoon sweltering then Saturday is a full day of checks then Sunday we run.
No one has any idea of the course or the exact distances until Saturday afternoon.
I'm 10hrs behind AEST.  Sharing a room with an Americano called Tony. He seems fast, lean and relatively young for this sort of run (32).
Apparently there are seven film crews covering the event this year.
This will be my last post from civilisation. I will try to post from the desert from the media centre.

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At 7 April 2006 at 8:55 am, Blogger 2P said...

Great update thanks Brendan - my advice is run as close to Jack as you can and you will be able to drink free off the tele-credits and stories for a good 10yrs!

Mate - best of luck heading into the boonies - certainly hope it doesn't get to 55 degrees for you.

Looking forward to the next installment.

At 7 April 2006 at 12:32 pm, Blogger Superflake said...

Have fun Brendan. Make sure you run near Osborne at the start. Show the CR cap and striders singlet. Global domination for the 2 brands is all good.

At 8 April 2006 at 10:52 am, Blogger Jen_runs said...

Best of luck and have fun (?) Brendan. Flakey is right - global domination (at least for CR) is the goal ;-)

At 9 April 2006 at 8:25 pm, Blogger undercover brother said...

get jack osbourne's autograph for me brendan!


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