Day 40 and 41. Making changes to deal with exhaustion.

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Day 40
8.5 hrs, 12 miles, elevation 8990, 97 miles to pole

Day 41
8.5 hrs, 12.3 miles, elevation 9022, 84.7 miles to pole

Translation from voicemail: Hello, it’s Chris Day 41, Team 3belowzero update. I understand our blog did not go, (google voicemail did not transmit), through for yesterday, Day 40, so I am going to give you a quick update for both days. Sorry about that.

So, really over the last couple days we’ve instigated a couple things to try to help me. I was just so physically exhausted over the past few days that I was trying to figure out a way to get a little extra rest in. And so, what we’ve done is, we’re actually sleeping little bit longer each day and we’re shortening our days to eight and a half hours now instead of, we were trying to push nine and a half to ten hour days to get more miles. And then a couple of days ago Marty took some weight out of my sled. And you know I’m a woman who likes to pull her own weight, no pun intended, but moving some weight to Marty’s sled made sense. And so then today, I took some of that weight back and we’ve been doing this for a couple days now and it seems to be helping.

We’ve made it so we have enough food to go an extra day longer now. So instead of getting done in six days from now we think it will probably take seven. We figure it is probably better not to overdo it, make sure we get there, so that’s our strategy right now. And, you know, it was just great that Marty stepped up and he could take that extra weight. You didn’t complain and it’s just what you do for your team mate. You know, to balance out the ups and downs, you know because we are working towards a common goal to get to the pole.

So my shout out then goes to Marty tonight. Because I want to thank him for his patience and kindness and strength and for being an awesome team mate, husband and father. And he’s looking at me and I love him so much. So that’s it for now. And that’s, Day 40 and 41 and we will back with you tomorrow. Okay, thank you, bye bye.

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  • Maren Van Nostrand
    Reply

    Chris, this description of your teamwork experience with Marty is so lovely! Made me cry. Thank you.

  • Christopher P Michel
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    Marty & Chris,
    Sending you guys best wishes from San Francisco. I’m so incredibly proud of both of you. Hang in there – this incredible experience will be over before you know it.
    Your fan,
    Chris

  • Bridget Burgess
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    Keep it up guys! This was a lovely post. You two are a great team!

  • Carolyn Anderson
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    Hi guys!
    I wanted to tell you how you keeping going keeps me going all day long. I think of you so often and send you every bit of energy I can. Relentless forward motion! 🙂 I also wanted to tell you both that I think it makes so much sense to mule for each other here and there. You’re both always ‘pulling your own weight’ (a saying I will never use again without thinking of Chris’ pun), because you’re a Team. Remember, there’s no ‘I’ in ‘Team’! Heehee. Keep on keeping’ on! I look forward to the ‘mother of all blog entries’ a week from now!

  • Rob
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    We’re thinking about you and how tough you both are! Sounds like you’re doing everything right and mentally are strong, which will make all the difference! Keep going! Proud of you!

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