I have seen the advert popping up on my screen a few times now. I must have clicked on it, as it started appearing a bit more frequently (nothing goes unnoticed nowadays!) … tempting and teasing. But I don’t do any type of exercise regularly… Dom & I enjoy an odd walk and we did do the 10k steps a day in March. But this?! This is totally different kettle of fish!
As with many other random (crazy?) ideas, it has been simmering at the back of my head for few days. Weeks maybe. Then I mentioned it to Dom… testing the water. It wasn’t a straight yes, but it wasn’t a no either… Good sign! He liked the idea too, just needed to do the stewing and digesting of it, as I did, when I first thought of it.
I could see he got intrigued.
I have been visiting the Ultra Challenge website a few times. Reading bits about it. Checking out various locations. Reading some more from people who trained for it in the past years, and who crossed the finishing line. And it started to grow on me. It is one of those things … You set your mind on it, and you become a lost case! You just have to do it …
OK, but what is this Ultra Challenge all about?
When I say Ultra Challenge, I mean it – it is going to be huge. Or rather lengthy. It is going to be a thunderous 100k Ultra Challenge or for those preferring miles, a 62.5 miles walk. All in one go (with rest stops of course). Organisers suggest that it should take approx. 20-34h hours, depending on one’s fitness levels, peace etc.
I have worked out, that this is more than 2 lengths of marathon. And I had mentioned, that I currently do not exercise much? So here it is – an ultra challenge to get me even more motivated to do something for my body. To find time or to make time, in the busy everyday schedule. To spend less time in front of my laptop, especially now, when the day gets longer.
RECRUITING THE TEAM
We visited our friends – my British Mothers, up in Yorkshire. Vicky (Mother B) loves sport and a good challenge too, so I thought if anyone was going to do it with me, it would be her. And I wasn’t wrong. There were two of us now … and few hours into our visit, we recruited Vicky’s sister – Angela.
I mentioned it to her, peaking my head over Vicky’s arm, as they were facetiming. Angela didn’t even need a minute to think about it. She said she loved Dorset … and we would be crossing the finish line on her birthday – what a great way to celebrate (I don’t think her feet will share that view on that very birthday morning! Oh well, you can’t please everyone, can you?!).
By the time we returned to Somerset, Dom would have also made up his mind, and decided to give it a go too.
ANYMORE FOR ANYMORE?
Week or two later, as I was contacting friends to ask for donation, among those, who I had pledged to for support, was Miro. We had worked together in the past, and even gone on a joint business venture some years ago. Now I am a happy customer of his.
His first reaction? Are you out of your mind? Walking 100k? Which was followed by a generous donation. Then about 10 minutes later he messaged again, saying – Actually, I will walk with you (who is the crazy one now, huh? ?)! This was a brilliant news, as now Dom will have a male company and as they say – the more the merrier!
#DreamItGoForIt – 100k ULTRA CHALLENGE TEAM ORIGINATED!
I am pleased to say, we now have a strong team – I know we are all committed and determined enough to train for it (anyone thinking this can be done just like this – there is me clicking my fingers into the air – will most likely be proven very wrong, so we will not risk that). I also know we will keep each other motivated, as no doubt, on such a long distance, we are all to have some moments of doubts!
Stay with us throughout our journey, if you are interested to see:
- How will we cope with the training plan (and its side effects! – the muscle soreness!)
- What kit is required for such a challenge – as one need to be ready for many eventualities
- And most importantly … How we get on with our fundraising journey. As with doing something as epic as this – it is a brilliant opportunity to do it in a name of a good cause. Check who our chosen charity are here … I am sure you will agree, they are so worth all the hours of training, aching muscles, and blisters!
Share your thoughts, words of wisdom or just cheer us on – any positive energy welcomed! (For the sarcastic and cynic bunch – you can leave us your comments too!).