It's 8 a.m. in Moab. It's 75 degrees and not a cloud in sight. Today's high is expected to be about 100. Tomorrow will be just as hot. The furnace-red rock reflects the heat. There is no shade. Sort of ironic that Utah, with its burgeoning and devout population of Mormons, is the closest thing to hell in the lower 48.
Most competitors in Primal Quest agree the heat will be the biggest challenge. How can you race for 450 miles in this heat and not kill yourself? Some plan to sleep during the hottest part of the day like lizards. Some just say they'll hydrate like crazy.
The question is, can they drink enough in this heat and with their exertion level to keep up? I guess we'll find out.
Right now the teams are resting in the shade.