Day 9 from the Himalayas

woke up with birds this morning to catch a taxi to the airport…. finally chris ord was due in at 6.25am.. was very excited to see him…Sunny, venkat and i all went to the airport but I had no passport with me as these had been taken by the organisers but were required to enter the airport, somehow smooth talking sunny got them to let me in. The weather this morning was a little brisk but the coolness made me feel quite good today.

Finally chris and two other crew members from other teams emerged. Chris smiling like a cheshire cat let out to play and ready for action. Didnt really want to know about down time and taking it easy. When i announced a bit later i was going traiining up to the shanti stupa steps (580) steps up he was keen to come but was told by the docs to sit tight.

We had our medical check ups this morning and my oxygen saturation level even after a week and even only at 3500m was 90% while resting iwhich i thought was low but the doctors said was ok. My haemoglobin (red blood cells responsible for carrying oxygen ) was ok but not great, my crews were much better. (maybe they should run instead of me).

All vital signs checked and noted including weight, blood pressure, haemoglobin, pulse, etc were checked for runners and crew alike. One crew member from the other documentary team has been so sick overnight he is freaked out and is leaving.

At 9am we had to say goodbye to my good friend Sunny who has had an emergency at home and has had to leave me. I was sad to wave him goodbye but just so glad for his help over this critical acclimatisation week. Rana his brother in law in taking his place we also got another driver from India alloted to us Venkat from Mumbai and we have decided to pay extra and to get a second vehicle during the race because we have soo much gear with the cameras, around 30 litres of water each, clothing for all climates etc and also so our cameraman Luke can run ahead getting good footage elsewhere and chris can get updates out.

We were given a detailed itinerary yesterday with all the housekeeping rules, the organisers have set out a acclimatisation plan including a drive again up kardung la and treks… I still think its too little too short but the proof will be in the pudding.

On a personal level, I am starting to feel better physically, at least down in Leh town and am looking forward to having my entire crew minus Sunny with me soon. Josh and Luke are in the air as we speak, winging their way to this remote outpost of civilisation. They will be welcomed tomorrow morning, and i cant wait. Slowly slowly we are getting to the business end of things. Its a hellish waiting game in a way but a necessary one. Physically i am feeling better although, training up the stupa was strenuous and the asthma kicked in a bit towards the top but nothing i couldnt handle. A new symptom tho has arisen, a shooting pain in my left ear… no idea \what that is.

Tonight more meetings and briefings, things that have to be done, the boring bits. Every runner and their crew seems to be an insular cell, no one is really mixing much outside their group, all wanting to look inward and focus on their people and the task at hand I can only presume.

The crews are rounded out with local volunteers who have travelled from all over India at their own costs to be a part of this epic adventure, lovely people and so helpful.

The medical crew are from Dellaware in the United states and they seem to be very thorough and great. They are doing to research studies, studying the body’s reaction time to altitude adaptation in trained athletes as compared to crew members and most of us are taking part in the study. Should produce some interesting results, there has never been a study like it at so higher an altitude.

off for the briefing now.

woke up with birds this morning to catch a taxi to the airport…. finally chris ord was due in at 6.25am.. was very excited to see him…Sunny, venkat and i all went to the airport but I had no passport with me as these had been taken by the organisers but were required to enter the airport, somehow smooth talking sunny got them to let me in. The weather this morning was a little brisk but the coolness made me feel quite good today.

Finally chris and two other crew members from other teams emerged. Chris smiling like a cheshire cat let out to play and ready for action. Didnt really want to know about down time and taking it easy. When i announced a bit later i was going traiining up to the shanti stupa steps (580) steps up he was keen to come but was told by the docs to sit tight.

We had our medical check ups this morning and my oxygen saturation level even after a week and even only at 3500m was 90% while resting iwhich i thought was low but the doctors said was ok. My haemoglobin (red blood cells responsible for carrying oxygen ) was ok but not great, my crews were much better. (maybe they should run instead of me).

All vital signs checked and noted including weight, blood pressure, haemoglobin, pulse, etc were checked for runners and crew alike. One crew member from the other documentary team has been so sick overnight he is freaked out and is leaving.

At 9am we had to say goodbye to my good friend Sunny who has had an emergency at home and has had to leave me. I was sad to wave him goodbye but just so glad for his help over this critical acclimatisation week. Rana his brother in law in taking his place we also got another driver from India alloted to us Venkat from Mumbai and we have decided to pay extra and to get a second vehicle during the race because we have soo much gear with the cameras, around 30 litres of water each, clothing for all climates etc and also so our cameraman Luke can run ahead getting good footage elsewhere and chris can get updates out.

We were given a detailed itinerary yesterday with all the housekeeping rules, the organisers have set out a acclimatisation plan including a drive again up kardung la and treks… I still think its too little too short but the proof will be in the pudding.

On a personal level, I am starting to feel better physically, at least down in Leh town and am looking forward to having my entire crew minus Sunny with me soon. Josh and Luke are in the air as we speak, winging their way to this remote outpost of civilisation. They will be welcomed tomorrow morning, and i cant wait. Slowly slowly we are getting to the business end of things. Its a hellish waiting game in a way but a necessary one. Physically i am feeling better although, training up the stupa was strenuous and the asthma kicked in a bit towards the top but nothing i couldnt handle. A new symptom tho has arisen, a shooting pain in my left ear… no idea \what that is.

Tonight more meetings and briefings, things that have to be done, the boring bits. Every runner and their crew seems to be an insular cell, no one is really mixing much outside their group, all wanting to look inward and focus on their people and the task at hand I can only presume.

The crews are rounded out with local volunteers who have travelled from all over India at their own costs to be a part of this epic adventure, lovely people and so helpful.

The medical crew are from Dellaware in the United states and they seem to be very thorough and great. They are doing to research studies, studying the body’s reaction time to altitude adaptation in trained athletes as compared to crew members and most of us are taking part in the study. Should produce some interesting results, there has never been a study like it at so higher an altitude.

off for the briefing now.

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