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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 departure, to Prague and the World Quad Champs!!

crawlingkiwiby crawlingkiwiAug 10th 2011
Ok, so I am not personally competing but my daughter is and my role as chief supporter has never been more important. I'm happy to take my participation vicariously. After such a long battle against the debilitating effects of glandular fever, this is a major step for my daughter. She last properly competed a year ago and properly trained at the start of 2010. She's still slightly less than 70% fitness but is doing well on her recovery.

The boat and cycle (with wetsuit, helmet etc etc) have already gone, the results of my over-packing are spilling onto the floor... and I am slightly alarmed by the name of the airline - Wizz Air - it does not fill me with a quiet confidence I have to say.

It has been a really tough week or so for us: after Will's death on July 31 in a canoeing race at Richmond (aged 17) my daughter had a further shock when an acquaintance was the victim of the polar bear attack. Life seems a bit tenuous to her at the moment and she's determined to make the most of every opportunity. I know Will will be in her mind when she races at the weekend.

So here we go - fingers crossed for decent weather, although it's looking as though it will be wet. Getting to the start-line is most of the battle and I'll be proud of my daughter no matter where she comes.
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