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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.

50 but not out

crawlingkiwiby crawlingkiwiDec 29th 2011
When I was 15 I grandly declared that when I reached 50 I was going to kill myself as there was no reason to carry on after that point. As the dreaded age approaches, I find that my daughters are not fully supportive of my teenage plans, so I've come up with an alternative yet challenging way of marking that milestone in 2012.

Last year I challenged myself to do the DW (125 mile non-stop canoe race) and training is well underway to compete at Easter again, but this time we're aiming for under 24 hours. But with that race in mind, I have put together a series of challenges totaling 500 miiles. These include kayaking (DW 25 miles, length of the Basingstoke Canal 35 miles, Watersides and Thamesides races), swimming (Hampton Court to Kingston Speedo swim, Eton open water swim) cycling (London to Paris, as long as school will let me take 3 days leave at the end of term), Quadrathlon (Extreme 5, a middle distance quad to be held near Richmond this year) running (probably not fit enough to do a long distance run, so may do my own Godalming to Brighton run/walk challenge). What's more, if one of my offspring hasn't qualified for the marathon world cup (canoeing - a VERY outside chance given her still dodgy health), then on my birthday in June I may head to Nottingham for a running/water challenge.

After all that, I plan to take to my sofa for a few weeks to watch the Olympics.

It may all be too much for an aging body to cope with, as I'm not particularly athletic. I have made huge progress in the past year, going from someone who no longer did anything much to someone who can paddle reasonably well and is fit for that sport. Unfortunately my fitness and strength is very sport specific, as I discovered this week during my first swim for a long time, but the hard work has started.

I might not be able to turn back time but I shall face the next segment of my life with more enthusiasm than the 15 year old me ever anticipated.
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