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Sunday, May 4, 2014

And so we took off....

It has been a long while since I overcame the injury that brought my running to a scratching halt. A lot has happened – life took over, new challenges presented themselves and so I have plenty of experiences to share.

Recently, it was put to me (in line with the style of questioning on the Oscar Pistorius trial) that what if I resumed my blogging….. and along with that challenge, a carrot was dangled. And so long story short, here we are.

I am working towards two or three goals at the moment – but will find space to relate the experiences of the past – randomly as they come up and as I use them to complete the full picture.

In 2012 I completed one of the 7 summits – Mount Kilimanjaro - and would like to resume blogging by relating details of the second summit that we are planning – Mount Elbrus in Russia. After returning from Kilimanjaro, and many months afterwards, I told everyone I was not going to climb again. I swore I would do Comrades twice a year before attempting another summit of that kind. The low temperatures, knee pain and the altitude sickness tested me completely towards the end of the climb. I will relate this experience in full in another post.  But I’ve had to eat my words. Mount Elbrus is colder and here I am working on an advanced plan for the trip in June 2014. I get butterflies in my stomach just thinking about this.

The friends we keep. If you want to quit drinking, maybe you best avoid your friends that enthusiastically indulge. We are about 7 weeks from the Mt Elbrus trip and I am already seeing Aconcagua emails going around this way and that way.

Something else gives me even bigger butterflies in my stomach. I have accepted another challenge to do Absa Cape Epic in 2015, less than a year from now.

If this does not make sense to you – be comforted by that the fact that I am also just as baffled. In the meantime, I take my mind off by preparing for the Comrades Marathon in a month’s time.


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