Injury prevention: Sichel uses RockTape to support any functional problems especially during races where he needs to keep going and can’t wait for something to heal up.
He says: “In the recent 3100 Mile race in New York, which took me 50 days, I used RockTape in week three when I developed a calf strain, in week four when a sore shin came on and in the later stages when I had sore hips.
“Each time the RockTape allowed the affected areas to rest and recover whilst I kept running. The RockTape took the strain.”He uses RockTape over other kinesiology tapes because he has found it to be the “best of its kind”. He says: “RockTape has just the right amount of strength and stretch to support the ligaments, tendons and muscles concerned.” More about the 3100 Mile Race The conditions for the summer race were not favourable for a Scot who is more familiar with the cooler temperatures, rain and wind of a northern UK island. In New York, the temperature was 30C on average with a humidity of more than 90%. The course is open from 6am to midnight every day and Sichel slept less than six hours every 24 hours. He managed four hours 45 minutes sleep each night and another hour half way through the day. After completing the Self-Transcendence 3,100 Mile Race, Sichel said: “I am delighted with what I have achieved but it was extremely tough. “It was hard physically, of course, but mentally it was very, very challenging. Every morning I had to say a mantra over and over to myself: ‘You can do this, you can do this.’ Every lap I told myself just to get through the lap. That one lap. “I had never experienced the possibility of being bored before in any other event. This time I did. So I had to lock my mind down and think only of each individual lap because if I thought about the whole thing I would never have made it. “This race is epic. But I have finished it and few other people can say that, especially not at my age and in Britain.”