Ok, long and short
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In other news, I must confess, I had my socks on for the return flight from Malaysia (and they did the trick re 'cankles'), but I did have to take them off after a few hours of the flight there as for whatever reason (acclimatisation most likely) the plane was baking hot, so I couldn't hack any extra heat!
Malaysia was good fun albeit a bit flat but unfortunately the reports I wrote for our team website from stages 3-6 all got lost in the wild world of the interweb. Given I have an essay to finish before I head off to oceanias in Shepparton I don't think I'll be catching back up on them unfortunately. I can quickly say the highlights (or lowlights) of our time were
1) Mark O'Brien's golf ball sized saddle sore*. Wow. just wow!
*Before editing this I spelt it 'saddle saw', now that would be a sight to behold...
2) Torrential rain, oh so much rain.
3) Bus transfers before and after stages. Not the most enjoyable, especially given the highly bureacratic nature of the race organisors. 10:00 start, 10k transfer, therefore 7:30 bus. Yeeaahh. Great. Then we get there and sit around for 2 hours then the buses return from the second leg (which we were not informed of) with all the Malaysians smiling thanks to that extra hour of sleep. Reminds me of Cadel's Spanish wheel change last year!
4) 10k neutral sections before stages at 15-20 k per hour. Yep, when you have a 220k stage coming up there is nothing more you look forward to than 30min of neutral. (sarcasm intended)
5) Starbucks. That's right, I went there.
6) Curry. Yum
7) A block of cadbury given to us to lift our spirits pre stage.
8) Lots of space on our flights given the random 3am departures and arrivals.
Now it's back to the essay!