Hours of journey: 9h - Accumulative: 81h
Km./Day: 18 - Accumulative: 143,6Km.
Today, at least I went up in kilometres, even if I had spent half an hour more than other days. Globally, it has been a successful day. The ankles hurt, but I can slide, and I have some problems with the tent sticks, because as I use them a lot and the weather is cold, they are loosen and they do not fit the way they should. It is not so bad, but today I spent an extra half hour to install the tent (and it was so cold, look at the picture to see how I was after words!) and if I have to repair it, it is a delicate operation because, if the tent is not installed, I must do it outside and it requires to work with no globes.
The entire situation has made me think about pain and problems, they are always relative.
The first year that I participate in the Dakar Rally, it was on a bike in 1998, our team manager was the well-known former rider Carles Mas. In the second stage in Morocco, when I got to the bivouac, Carles asked me how I was doing. I answered that I hit a stone with my foot and my big toe was swollen, my nail was blue, it hurt badly and I was worried if it wasn't going to get worse. He told me he thought it wasn't bad, and he recommended me to go get some sleep, and that if the day that followed I could put the boot on everything will change. And the phase he said stood engraved in my mind forever. He said: "Think of the Dakar as something that hurts until you have another one that hurts even more." How right he was! The day after it, I did the stage and at the arrival he asked me if my toe still hurt. I told him I couldn't even notice, because I had my shoulder hurt after a fall in the middle of the stage.
Today I was thinking that I don't notice the pain in my back. I guess it is because I am getting used to it and because I have tried a new position with the harness, and also because I am so focused in the pain in my ankles, especially in the right one, so I have forgotten about my back. But now if something worse happens, I am sure that I will forget my ankles or I would wish not to have this new problem. I hope to solve the damage in my feet without making a substitution with a bigger issue, but anyways I am conscious that everything is relative. If I can walk, everything work more or less well, and the problems I am having can be solved (like the tent), I don't have to feel the weigh down, and I have to keep forward for more kilometres with my moral high.
I DEDICATE THIS DAY TO:
"FACTOR ENERGIA", our main sponsor. And especially to Emili Rousaud, founder and CEO of the company, who believed in this project since the first time we presented it to her.
FACTOR ENERGIA is an electricity company that sells energy and services to other enterprises. The company is quite young and not so big if it is compared with energy monsters such as Endesa, Iberdrola, Gas Natural, etc... It is totally admirable that this company is completely private (it doesn't profit from "special" privileges like other big companies), and it's opening its way in a very competitive market, with a bright future. I allow myself to suggest you that if you are a company manager or you work in a company, take a look at their services because they also have competitive prices and you will find a service where you will notice that you will be treated as a client right away.
I dedicate this journey to them because this morning I talked to Emili Rousaud by the satellite phone. He asked to talk to me. As my main sponsor, I wanted to make him confident in the project and I told him the communication contacts that we are having. He stopped me, almost yelling at me and he told me that all that was in a second place, he wanted to talk to me to cheer me up and to tell me to do everything I can and I think is convenient, but that I must be careful. He told me not to think of any compromise with the sponsors because the most important things are my safety and health.
Besides a big enterprise man, an excellent manager and a great fighter in a competitive market, Emili has also shown his high human spirit and, as a great company man he is, that he understand that people are more important than results.
Thank you for your support as a company, and for today's words.