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Stage 4 - Stairway to Heaven. 36.7KM 8:44 - Ron

 Thursday, June 14, 2012

The Day started with a climb to Shiptons Arch/Heavens Gate.  200m rise on a vehicle track, then 200m climb of steep track and Ladders.

An amazing spectacle, advertised as higher then the Statue of Liberty, I think.

We stood underneath it at 2900m elevation. Access through the arch is blocked, but it would take an experienced climber to decend the other side. Then we retraced out steps back down 300m to Cp1. All slow going.

Then next 12 k or so, was the most difficult terrain so far. All between 2600m and 2700m. When I say between, it was up to 2700, down to 2600, up to 2700, etc, etc.I lost count of how many hills, all very steep. Many parts were slippery scree and most runners had a slide or two.

Eventually we decended to a stony river bed, and followed that for a long drop to CP3. Then mostly flat road and river for the final leg.

Matt was much improved today, much stronger. However running was an issue as it upset his stomach as soon as he started. So we walked almost all the course, except for a short fartlek section on the road where Matts stomach had settled somewhat.

The rest of the team is going well. No issues for Jess and Greg, and Roger is much improved from the first day.

For me, I enjoyed the Stage. Although we went a little harder today, I finished feeling quite fresh. Additionallly, I was able to handle all the hills well, so much better than I have for a long time. I could run down steepish slopes painfree!

Weather was good today, 10 at start, 8 near the arch, 30 at CP3, and quite cool tonight at 8pm.

Tomorow the long day and we are so much more confident after today. We are up early for a 2 hour bus ride to the start. Start time is 9:30, so we will be going right through the hot part of the day, which is usually 3 to 7 pm.

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