Tuesday, 29 January 2013

What's in my bag?

So if you've ever wondered what I've got in my bag when I'm training, today I packed it with 6 large rolls of plastic bags and took it for a 2 hour run followed by a 1hr bike....I really need to find a new hobby!

It was good training though as it ended up weighing 8 kilos which is the likely weight I'II be carrying in Patagonia.

Sleeping bag and mat - 1.5kg
Spare clothes - 1kg
Food - 2kg
Climbing harness, carabinas and crampons - 1.5kg
Team kit - 2kg (although I'm hoping the boys will carry this for me!)

Monday, 28 January 2013

Training goes on

Given all this rain, it's nice to look back and remember how fun the training was when it was snowing. I was running with a 6kg pack here in training for my long trek across Patagonia's dense forests and mountains. I'II probably be carrying a 10kg pack during the race including tent, sleeping bag, food and much needed foot treatments.

This picture below was taken right in the middle of Cardiff Bay (a good 200m swim to land!) last Saturday when Neal and I were out training for the DW. The thing about K2 paddling is that the number one rule is not to fall out because if this happens the only way to get back into the boat is to swim/drag the boat to shore, empty it out and start again. Neither of us spoke much during this crossing despite the conditions being perfect!

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Totally unexpected - a slight diversion from my plan!

I was supposed to be spending every hour available to me in a kayak, training for the Devises to Westminster canoe race in March, however last week I received a call from the Germany Adventure Racing team sponsored by Berghaus, asking if I'd be up for a 10 day expedition race in Patagonia. Unfortunately their female team member fell whilst out skiing and broke her leg.

Funny thing about it is, is that it starts in 2 weeks time. I'm always pretty laid back about my training programme but this is a little too close for comfort.

(Last minute training with some weight in the snow!)

This is a totally 'wild' race where we are out of reach of civilisation for 10 whole days. We have to carry everything with us whilst we cover the 700km race route. Our team plan is to move for 21 hours per day, leaving only 3hrs for sleeping. As always, this may need to be adapted en route.

Ordinarily, I'm confident about the kayaking stages and I'm hoping my Lake Baikal cycle training can be uncovered fairly quickly but I've not done anything like 72hrs of trekking non stop with a 10kg pack on for a long time. I'm just hoping my feet can cope.

I'm stocking up of all sorts of herbal supplements now to try and really build up my immune system and I'm eating as much as I can manage. I've been advise to put on weight, because apparently I'II need it.

As always, one call to Qoroz Titanium bikes and I'm getting my beloved Mountain Won back that I used to cycle over Lake Baikal in Siberia. I've also invested in a super duper new saddle which I'm trying to get used to on my Turbo trainer every morning at 7am for a good few hours.
(On my Turbo, at dawn, on the Balcony of our flat in Cardiff Bay....my boyfriend thinks I've gone mad!)

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

DW training goes on and on

Our last paddle on Saturday was freezing, wet and wild. Dipping down to 2 degrees, it's the coldest we've paddled in so far and the gusting winds made for a lot of support strokes.

We are still trying to work out who should go in the front seat and hence be in charge of steering....I guess it all comes down to who wants to cross the finish line first!

We're still having lots of fun, which is the most important part.