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Middle-aged, middle-weight, mother of 3 on mad marathon mission
Middle-aged, middle-weight, mother of 3 on mad marathon mission
When I started this blog, it was to track my progress from an occasional kayaker to taking on the Devizes to Westminster non stop 125 race. Little did I know that would start me on a long distance obsession which has resulted in my completing the 30th Marathon des Sables. It has been a strange and sometimes painful ... but always wonderfully challenging journey

This is my occasional account of a middle-age mother's attempt to take on things which are really quite beyond her.

4.30am, 30k, and naked??

crawlingkiwiby crawlingkiwiMar 3rd 2011
Tomorrow morning at 4.30am (yes, 4.30AM) will see me set off on my most nerve-wracking undertaking to date. I'm paddling 30k to raise money for the NZ Earthquake appeal
( www.bomp.co.uk ) and while I'm nervous of paddling completely on my own in the pitch-black, in the middle of the river and in the cold, my true fears are just starting to become apparent.

Concerns: not waking up, getting enough fluid in me over the 3 1/2 hours, getting my nutrition right at the other end so as not to trigger a migraine, arriving at school on time, the cold, the dark, boredom... but my real concern came to light in a nightmare last night. I had a 'naked' dream - you know the ones, where you're the only one without clothes, well I was wandering into school and had heard we were not meant to wear any clothes (!!!), so was completely starkers. As I tried to retain some sense of dignity, I was astounded that the students didn't seem to notice, or care. I can not tell you the relief I felt on waking up and realising that it was all a hideous dream, but realised it stemmed from my dread of walking into school carrying my boat, wearing head to toe lycra (which does show in a most unforgiving way, every bump and lump).

Since the school are planning a bit of a welcome committee for me, I might just have to deal with it, but obviously it's weighing heavily on my mind. But ho hum, it's for a good cause and I've nearly hit the £1000 target, so I need to get over myself and just get on and do it.

I still haven't decided whether to paddle back part of the way in the evening, it will be a good test of my recovery, but with a 13 mile race on Sunday, I might need to give myself a bit of a break.
 
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