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In the jungle, the mighty jungle

Posted on 16 September 2010

23 days to go and counting… I will be on the starting line, deep in the Amazon rainforest, ahead of us will be a river which crossing becomes the start of the Jungle Marathon. Yesterday I met with a participant from last year who said that the first 3km took him 1.5h to complete last year. It is difficult to comprehend how bad the terrain can be, to the point where everyone is slowed down to almost a standstill. Last year’s winner did the first day (15km) in over 4 hours, I don’t even want to think about how long it will take for me.

Once the first day is over there will still be some 207km to go.

And last year only 50% of the International competitors finished the 6th and last stage.

I intend to be one among the people that finishes the 6th stage this year, but to say that I will definitely finish would be very rude to my fellow competitors. Everyone participating know that they are going into one of the toughest foot races in the world, and still only 50% make it.

When I think about it I get a big empty feeling in my stomach. It feels like it did before I went on my first trip to the Namibian 24h Ultra Marathon. Like going into a big dark void, not knowing what to expect. I listened to an inspirational speak from Steve Jobs the other day and as concluding his speech he said “stay hungry, stay foolish”. I think I have followed him to the point with signing up for this race.

23 days, and then I will know. Any words of wisdom on the way? Anyone?

One Response to “In the jungle, the mighty jungle”

  1. Diane says:

    Go Joakim!