HolyShmoly - We Did It!!! - 31:25:00

Heels of Fire done it!

Injuries:

  • Both knees for El-Capitano - Danked. Had to walk down hills backwards 
  • Ankles tight and sore
  • Blisters on both feet for all (Apart from Hot Lesly)
  • Dehydration 

Support Crew… when past walkers and Oxfam’ers say that the support crew are the main cog in the mechanics of the team, they are so right. You guys worked well together and pushed us when we needed it, you kept our pit-stop times down to a minimum, had us feed, watered, rubbed down and feed. All we did was walk. It was so so so very great an achievement of team spirit. Janine: a special thank you from JohnnyBadass. Marmite and cheese sandwiches in zip lock bags always ready for me, cut up just like my mum used to do. They fitted perfectly in to my pockets. 

Claire Flare

You put up with the blisters from hell but you’re a head strong gal and you kept up with our training on the weekends and put in 110% to the walk. She kept on keeping on in her own personal pain and hardly muttered a word. Big ups to you my dear. El Capitano would like to publicly say how hard a decision it was… a decision that no one wanted to make, a decision that was in the end ultimately up to me. 

Claire was admitted to hospital at 4.30am-ish, after arriving at check point 6 (19.5km) with dehydration and was eventually hospitalised. The team had a very emotional and heated discussion as to what was to be done at this point. Juggling with peoples feelings, morals, obligations, emotions and taking in to consideration health and safety aspects, the decision was made to carry on without you. One that we knew was right but did not want to admit.

Via speaker phone, so the rest of the crew were involved, I declined you request to rejoin the team for safety reasons. I sincerely hope this has not damaged our friendship as we have known each other for quite a while, and you can see that I had this most distressing decision to make. I’m sorry.  

Claire made 85km! 

The rest of the team slogged through, Lesly breezed through. Looked fresh as a daisy. At 1.30pm, Heels of Fire crossed the finish line completing the 100km course in 31 hours and 25 minutes. Claire was there at the end and received the granddaddy of hugs from Badass. A very emotional finish for El Capitano. As we finished people from other teams cheered, crew support high fived us as Lesly strolled in and Steveo the Amazing and Johnnybadsaa hobbled in like old men.

Achievement of a life time for El Capitano.  Not sure if the knees new what hit them. Will be seeing GP in the next few days. Words cannot express the way I’m feeling now. Probably the chilled music I’m listening to while writing this post. It’s like I’m in a movie. Dry your eyes mate!

Thanks team, nuff said.

Update from the course

Just passed cp2, 30k down.. Everyone feeling good… Only minor foot and knee injuries. Thanks to aut podiatry for fixing us up… See you in 10k at cp3.

Heels of Fire Can You HEAR Me!!!

Today is the day the Team leave for Taupo. Rock n Roll!

This is it!

Thank you to the latest donations. You’ve have indeed bought us closer to our goal of $3000. All for a good cause, you get to see our walking progress as well by heading to our Heels of Fire team page. 

Follow this link:

There will pictures and comments being posted during the race from our wonderful support crew. Check it. A handful of days to go. 

Heels of Fire are heading down to Taupo in the Heels of Fire drag van. Cruising down on  Friday afternoon. Arriving in time for registration. Rock on!

El Capitano

AKA - Johnny Badass

Heels of Fire Did Not Win the T-Shirts

I though our designs were wicked. Well thought out, colourful and looking the shizzle!

Bites man. Now, I’m playing some banging electronic tuneage.

Thank you work staff. Today 6 people from Johnny’s work supported him and his team ‘Heels of Fire’ in walking the non stop, 100km walk in under 36 hours. 

Team update… There’s been injuries and a lack of real lengthy training sessions. This is a general concern however, it’s now prudent that we finish as a team. The race sadly, will no longer be a race for Heels of Fire, but as a team we endeavour to complete the 100k together and in good spirits. 

It’s been difficult with the team living in different areas, and some in different parts of NZ to get together to train. Work commitments and others have made their presents felt. Heels of Fire pushed on. We’ve done our best, now it’s time to put up. We’re going to do it!

Donations

Heels of Fire have now raised 87% of our $3000 fundraising goal. This has been great, it’s my first event like this and my first time fundraising. It’s harder than you think. And again, thanks to you guys and gal’s. 

Follow Us Virtually 

Once the event is in full swing you will be able to follow us by going on line. More info on this soon. I need to get ready for work. Time is now 07:20. Gotta hustle. Regular updates will be given by our support crew via phone - swishing up onto the web. So our Facebook and Twitter pages will be displaying al-sorts of goodies. Bad moods, blisters, pain, swearing…

Rock on!

El Capitano 

Devonport to Milford and Back

Not the longest of walks - Steveo, your not really going to want to hear this… But, you have to read it. Today we walk…19km! 

Holy shmoly. That’s lame-as. Better than staying at home I guess.

Oh No! - Stop Running!!!

AKA Johnny Badass, El Capitano cannot be sure why, but has danked his knee. Traversing down steps (Any stairs equating more than 4) hurts with intense pain causing limpage . Our reporter in the field just happened to be in Okura when the incident took place early Saturday morning.  ”I heard a scream of pain, not just any pain but real pain. I ran to where I thought the sound was coming from. I eventually found Badass laying down rubbing his knee”.

Mr Badass from the Oxfam team ‘Heels of Fire’ is said not to be in a stable condition recuperating in his Albany home (Still has to go to work though).

In other local news …

the toast was laced with some super human substance scientists have been working on in the US for years.

There was not enough time to write the rest of the post. Tuned out the toast was laced with some super human substance scientists have been working on in the US for years. I ended up running the track 8 times, saved an old lady from a burning train, ran to Taupo,completed the Oxfam track in under 3 hours (just to see what its like) came home helped mum with the washing then to the hospital where I found I had burnt out my left knee.



The Dr’s at the hospital gave me a new rubber knee. The x2000L4, high grade rubber allowing me to bend my knee in any direction at any given time. Was a good day!

So far we have lost one support crew due to other commitments, gained one but know one knows where she is…?
With less than 3 weeks to go we are asking ourselves:
Are we ready? 
100km walking is a bit longer than 26km
Will it be done in 30 hours or will it take the full 36?
Not one walk more than 26km under our belt
Must visualise 
Mind over matter, one foot in front of the other
Are we showing the right kind of commitment
We can do it
Hell yeah

So far we have lost one support crew due to other commitments, gained one but know one knows where she is…?

With less than 3 weeks to go we are asking ourselves:

  • Are we ready? 
  • 100km walking is a bit longer than 26km
  • Will it be done in 30 hours or will it take the full 36?
  • Not one walk more than 26km under our belt
  • Must visualise 
  • Mind over matter, one foot in front of the other
  • Are we showing the right kind of commitment
  • We can do it
  • Hell yeah