Well the start gun for the 2013 X-Alps goes off on Sunday 7th July but effectively for us at Team GBR the race began with the email to Jon about 10 days ago giving the news that we were in. One of our first tasks is to start collating the large volume of equipment needed for the event and once again, as in 2011, we are indebted to High5 for providing the sports nutrition products necessary for the race.
The 2011 race was, due in part to the weather, a war of attrition with all athletes having to spend whole days walking rather than flying, this took it’s toll and at the end of the race many athletes admitted to be ‘running on empty’ which had affected their performance in the later stages of the race. I (Richard) know that many of the supporters including myself struggled to get enough conventional food into the athletes to keep them going, but we were lucky, High5’s product supplemented and enhanced Jon’s diet wonderfully and as a result, whilst he may have ended every day tired and physically exhausted, he was nevertheless relatively well nourished.
Any shortfall in nourishment was provided by a milk based protein rich drink taken last thing at night, for most of the race we had used our supply of chocolate flavour but just 48 hours from the end of the race, disaster struck, we ran out of chocolate, Jon had to drink ‘pink milk’ I think he nearly sacked me on the spot as race supporter. Not wishing to have the same problem in 2013 I mentioned this to High5, as a result of their generosity I can confidently predict no shortfall in chocolate flavour for 2013, in fact I think we have enough for Jon to bath in…….now there’s an idea!