Spine race update July 2016

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Since signing up to the Montane Spine Race 2017 I have had plenty of time to reflect upon that questionable decision and have come to the conclusion that it was a good one (phew) having shelled out a lot of money for the “privilege” of putting my body through what has been labelled “a nightmare route in nightmare conditions with nightmare levels of darkness”    so why a good one?

Simply put: It’s got me focussed again.

Back in January I was struggling to walk 10 metres free of pain and by March that distance had gone up to only a few hundred metres (with some continued discomfort) thanks to the unwanted blood clot I returned from the USA with in Nov 2015.  The Deep Vein Thrombosis I carried played with my thoughts daily, anyone who has had one will know the anxiety that comes with them, worrying if it will move and lead to heart attack or stroke or worse…  my concern moved from what the clot would do to how could I get my legs working again and regain my fitness, well here we are in July and I am about to complete the Welsh 3000’s – a 33 mile route that will require me to tackle 15 3000 foot high mountains in Wales, in under 24 hours.  I am delighted with the progress I have made but equally aware that solo days / events etc won’t quite cut it when it comes to the Spine as I shall be walking for days with very little sleep.

And yet, I am at this stage, remarkably unperturbed, with 5 months to go I know my training and discomfort will need to go up but in all honesty I genuinely could not have pushed my legs any harder, the aches are there, I get strange sensations as if something is alive in my right calf and do at times concern myself however….   My focus is on completing the Spine within the timescale allowed and as such can’t afford to think of anything other than long training days with another one lined up the very next day….

Think positive and act decisively… or to put it another way.. do “what MUST” be done and not the easy “what’s nice” to do…

I’m doing and have been doing the must do stuff and will continue to do so – thereby increasing my chances of completing… right?

On a minor but major admin point…

I’ve been trying lots of different walking shoes after the Salomon’s I used gave me some jip at the 80 mile point a few weeks back, just not enough support on the sole and as such I found them just a little bit too soft.  I’ve tried Innov8’s Salomon’s and Merrells and none as yet will be the shoe I shall be wearing, so I am still trying to discover what will work for me….watch this space all you shoe pundits…

I am also trialling the new Garmin Fenix 3 HR with live tracking which I hope will magically beam my location in “live time” when I tackle the Welsh 3000’s.. I will also give my view on this techy marvel device at some point too…  this could be useful for the multi day hikes I have to do when the weather gets bad…

Fenix 3

 

That’s enough for now, time to pack for a trip to Wales….