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Wednesday, 20 February 2013

January to February 2013.

After I signed up to the challenge of a lifetime. I got to work. August seemed a long way away, but I didn't want to leave anything to chance. Training I decided, started now. I began walking, Just small walks to start with, a couple of miles in a day, three times a week. I didn't want to go to far, too quickly. The other thing that I needed to do was start getting my kit together for my adventure. Action Challenge sent me a kit list. I began going through it all. The first thing I had to do was get myself a good pair of walking boots. The sooner I got them and broke them in the better. I went to a local outdoor specialist store and tried on several pairs before deciding on a good pair, with a member of staffs advice that they would be a good boot for Kilimanjaro.
There is a lot of kit to get,to scale Africa's highest mountain. Steadily I have worked my way through a large part of the list and am starting to look the part when I am out on my training walks.

Moving in to February, I am comfortable with 7 to 8 mile walks. I try to do one or two of those a week, and some smaller walks with one, or two gym sessions a week. Much depends on my work. I work shifts so I have to fit my training in around that.

My most challenging walk to date was on 16th February. I walked from Lulworth Cove to White Nothe. Challenging, but beautiful Dorset coastline. Its a good 7 miles over steep hills. It took me just under four hours to do it, with hindsight that was a little fast, especially towards the end I was tired, but elated that I had accomplished what I wanted to do. I have no doubt that I will be going there again several times before I leave for Africa.

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