Well, Bangkok seems nice. I have managed to walk at least as far as the nearby Hilton everyday, eat some macaroni cheese and then walk back to where I’m staying.
I have been instructed by the medical support team not to go anywhere until I can eat the required 6000 + calories over the course of one day. At the moment I am probably on about a third of that. My brother Tom, On The Road Support Officer (does that sound good, or is it too much?), has said he will kick my posterior if I leave before I am properly recovered. I am not going anywhere.
The medical team think I might have some sort of protozoa, which sounds like it might be a Bryan Ferry side project but isn’t, so I will be dropping off a stool sample with some lucky someone soon.
I actually feel OK most of the time but can’t put away the food like I normally can (hollow legs). I feel nauseous after eating and still have pretty bad diarrhea – sorry if that is too much detail but this is cycling verite. The other problem is overall weakness and being several kilos under weight. I have mentioned this on twitter but I have actually lost about 15kg. Some of this is probably from dehydration, but a lot is muscle wastage; I have seen my legs get bigger up till about Delhi and reduce since. I had discovered a new muscle on the side of my thighs which was interesting – this has now disappeared.
A lot of people are asking me how this is effecting the record attempt. Had I not fallen ill and continued at the same pace, I was looking at breaking the record by about 2 weeks. I consider this to be near the minimum that I would want to break the record by; it would be ungentlemanly to break the record by a day or so and I hope it doesn’t come to that. With this enforced break I will be looking to possibly increase the mileage, especially on easier stretches and will try and do the 1300 miles to Singapore in 10 days, rather than the original 11. I think the hardest sections are behind me now, even though I have chosen a more mountainous route for the North American section to make up for skipping Pakistan. In my mind Australia, New Zealand, North America, the Iberian Peninsula and France are all milk and honey, where my demi-Phelps diet will be easy to come by. The language barrier will also, claro and bien sur (is that right?), disappear. To cut to the chase and answer the question, I will do everything I can to break the record by as much as possible. I have always said that the speed and endurance of my challenge directly reflects the urgency of proper funding for the research charity that I volunteer for. This is ever present in my mind; the current lapse just makes it a bit more interesting.