Christian went to sleep at 01.30 this morning and this gave Dave the chance ‘leapfrog’ him. He started suffering pains in his abdomen and bravely soldiered on for three hours but only managed to get three laps ahead by the time Christian woke and rejoined the race. We went to the medic (who didn’t speak English!) who gave him two pills after ‘listening’ to Dave’s explanation of what ailed him!
We tried another lap but then decided to go and take a shower, have some more food and an hour’s rest and start again. The mysterious pain seemed to subside upon reaching his room so it should hopefully just be a hiccup in the journey towards completing the Deca Ironman successfully. There are still 7 marathons to go and Dave will not lose much relatively in terms of distance by the time he gets back on the track (08.00 local time ).
The website providing the results is supposedly being updated automatically every 15 minutes but from what I can tell, Mexican minutes are different to the rest of the world! It is just as frustrating here because we have to keep walking 50 metres from our tent/desk area to find out the split times whenever the site doesn’t update!
Watch this space, the race is fr from over!