Got home without much hassle.
Away for 4 nights. First was on a plane, maybe 2 hours sleep. Second on the floor of the Ross/Sam/Boris/Alli apartment in Uppsala, good night's sleep. Third was in the military tent at 10-mila, very cold, maybe 3 hours sleep. Fourth was at the airport in Stockholm on a rather comfortable bench, about 3 hours sleep. And added about 3 hours sleep on the plane home.
Not my usual standard, but worked just fine. Felt wide awake for my run Sunday morning (9 am start, 3 am Sunderland time), and then also wide awake to do about 3 hours of driving the van on the way back to Uppsala, and then also wide awake on the not quite 4 hours drive back from the Newark airport. So it all seemed to work. Two key points -- really good earplugs, and not obsessing about jet lag or what time it was back home or whatever. The body can adapt if you just let it.
I seem to have picked up my first injury in quite some time, a bruise under my left heel. I think I did it in the finish chute, there were a couple of downhill parts on somewhat rocky ground, and I think I caught one wrong. Didn't notice anything until walking some in the airport Sunday night when it seemed quite sore, and I've been hobbling since then. Would be nice if it started to mellow out before too long. And glad I was just starting a Euro O' tour. Going out for a run today would require a lot of vitamin I.
There are a lot of really good photos
that Kenny took, including our team shot after it was over --
Front row from left: Ian, Ken, Ali, Peter
Back row from left: Giacomo, Boris, Matthias, Brendan, Greg, Ross
An incredibly smart and fun and talented bunch of people to be on a team with.