Mandje is an Olympic observe and area athlete, competing for Equatorial Guinea at Athens 2004.
Later in his skilled profession, Mandje raced on the World Cross Nation Championships and the World Path Racing Championships.
However the observe was his past love, and particularly the 1500m.
Which is useful, as a result of his crew’s coverage, and that of a lot of the different 14 groups, was little and infrequently.
In essence, the favoured tactic for the quickest solution to clock 500km was incessantly swapping runners out and in and breaking the space down into two or three kilometre sections every.
For practically two days.
In idea, every leg sounded fairly achievable. About half a Parkrun at a time.
However, as Mandje attests, in the course of the evening, with none sleep and with a day’s working already in your legs, The Velocity Venture acquired critical.
Mandje made his residing racing the 1500m at prime velocity, recovering with ice baths and sophisticated warm-down routines.
In Chile, with restoration going down whereas cooped up consuming chilly pizza at the back of a pick-up truck, he discovered himself all of the sudden diminished to strolling elements of the TSP route.
“What made it actually, actually difficult is you are working brief intervals after which getting right into a van, getting stiff, getting drained, then in one other hour you are leaping again out to run once more,” says Mandje.
“After two days that begins to put on and tear on you – particularly for these in a single day legs once you’re on the market together with your ideas and amassed fatigue.
“The toughest level, someplace on day two, I simply hit a 30km stretch the place I struggled. Every time I acquired out of the automobile I needed to begin every leg as like a shuffle or a velocity stroll.
“It was additionally the purpose of the journey the place you are a good distance from the beginning, so you’ll be able to sniff the end however you additionally know there is a good distance, and a variety of climbing, to go.
“However hitting a tough patch was a part of the great thing about it.”
Lengthy earlier than Mandje’s private disaster, the race itself was thrown right into a wider disaster.
Rather more critical than ache within the legs, this was associated to the sturdy arm of the legislation.