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The 103 miles felt wonderfully challenging, rewarding, humbling, fun, simple and as testing as it had been expected. None of this can be experienced without immense support before, during and after.
There have been many physical and mindset factors assessed, adjusted and practiced throughout, only some of which will be written within this blog. Leave the breakdowns and analysis for future posts.
This post? Keep it simple and engaging. Here goes...
It was flipping awesome.
From start to finish.
The end. ???
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#1 - keep in mind the purpose. Raising money for the Sanctuary. This is not a race. Ask for help and company. I ran 70 miles solo and that was nice too. Take as much time at CP's as it feels right. Less haste, more speed. Completion is the priority.
#2 - Time spent alone is only time well spent when framing the mindset with positivity and being proactive. Assessing the past and present to cope with the future. Constantly. At no point is there any feeling and thought that there is any suffering involved. What a ridiculous idea that anyone who enters into such challenges can reflect back and suggest they suffered. Of course this is my opinion and one to have open debate about. To continue on when in pain is a decision. This has been all about raising money for animals whose choices have been narrowed and in many cases, taken away. Decisions made by their keepers result in animal suffering, or not. The same goes for people being made to suffer against their will. Prepare well, pace well, accept help well, eat well, think well and assess well. The "suffer" brand is a fools game and denotes poor prep, terrible pacing and self management during the session.
#3 - Food & Kit - I always remember a fantastic line from the Marines, given by one of my original training team staff - "any fool can be cold". This leads on from the previous statement on suffering. "Any fool can..." I ate approx 6000cals, drank approx 8 litres of various fluid and ensured at least one hot meal was consumed. More on the detail of this on a separate blog. I carried all the mandatory kit for the August UTMB to see what will be taken forward and what will be ditched. The shoes were great with the terrain and though not for everyone, I wore my "slim Jims" Merrel trail gloves for the majority of the miles. A minimal sole which I have trained in for years. Be careful, it's not for everyone. Pebbles, rocks, mud and hills will find out if the feet, ankles, knees, hips, back, shoulders and neck have adapted.
#4 - research and plan the heck out of it. The terrain - see video - , the ascent, the weather forecast, the wind direction, the moon and sun, the tides, the nearest exit routes, the emergency plans, the lost procedure, the no comms procedure, the prediction of time - leave no stone unturned. in this day and age of tech there is no reason for any problems and no reason to panic when confronted with one.
#5 - The end is welcome. It's been a good day when there is a desire to keep going on for more.
The Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary. Follow the link to understand what great challenges they are facing.
Foot Focus - Follow the link to contact Aengus and his team in treatments for performance and health.
Shutt Velo Rapide - SVR - Follow the link to see the best cycling apparel on the market today. I used the arm warmers for this challenge and the bib shorts for the cycling sessions in training.
Thanks to Jayne - patient, unconditional, loving. This has been a joint effort.
Thanks to Doug and Dan - driving, planning, cooking, laughing, silence, a knowing look and embracing the day.
Lastly. Thank you for donating. We hit the £1000 target. Click the just giving image above if you wish to add to the total.
There is no adventure. Unless.©2017