- I'm going to have to spend a lot of time walking (obviously!! Fear not, this part I'd worked out all by myself!!), with a fairly heavy rucksack on my back. I don't know why this hadn't occurred to me before. I need to train with the rucksack on, and filled up with what I'm planning on having with me. I'm reliably informed that the 3 litre Camelbak I plan on using, will weigh roughly 3kg. So that's 3kg of weight on my back before I've added other essentials like, snacks, sun cream, walking poles, camera, mobile phone (for the obligatory selfie every 5 minutes), first aid kit (for the inevitable blisters), so much toilet paper that even the Andrex puppy looks worried (I can NOT risk running out!!) and anything else that I haven’t even thought of yet. I need to get this stuff together, and get training with it on my back.
- Whilst I’d realised that I will need to train in the walking boots I plan on using for the trek, I hadn’t considered the need to train in the clothes that I will be wearing. Basically the rule seems to be: whatever you will be wearing, holding, feeling, thinking, on the trek – make sure you do the same during training. Does that mean I should also stop washing? Wear the same underwear every day? Start pooing in a hole in the ground, and crying every time someone congratulates me on managing to tie my own boot laces? Ahhhhh so many questions.
- I should train using my walking poles. A great piece of advice that, again, I hadn’t even considered. Walking for a long period of time, whilst holding poles puts your hand and wrist in a position that it is not normally used to. To avoid risk of injury, I need to start getting my hands, wrists and arms used to holding them, to build up a bit of strength.
- I keep panicking that I am running out of time to train – October doesn’t feel that far away anymore!! But I’m reassured that I have plenty of time.
Big, huge, thanks to John Stocker for the above training advice (and so many other little tips he’s given me so far). And for also allowing me to use treadmills at Evolve Gym (www.evolvehealthandfitness.co.uk/) in order to safely train. Once I’ve got some idea of what will be in my rucksack, I will be down there training – hiking boots and dirty pants at the ready!!!