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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.

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Another young athlete gone, too too young.
crawlingkiwiby crawlingkiwi Aug 4th 2011
The news this week was just as I expected when i heard Will was missing. After 25 hours, the 17 year olds body was found, following his capsize during a run-of-the-mill race in Richmond, on Sunday. The newspapers published a load of rubbish in th...
Imodium at the ready - because I'm nervous enough to need it now
crawlingkiwiby crawlingkiwi Apr 20th 2011
Three days from race day and my list of preparations is now ludicrously long. Reading through it seems to bring on a feeling of exhaustion and I have to go and lie down, so I'm not sure how I'm actually going to cope with the race. We have 4 support ...
Finally, a bit of race preparation I'm really good at
crawlingkiwiby crawlingkiwi Apr 17th 2011
After a 35 miler last weekend, I've entered the final stages of race preparation: specifically tapering and eating. I've been out for short jaunts this week, including taking 10 kids over to a neighbouring club for a day's training, but have kept all...
I think I need a project manager
crawlingkiwiby crawlingkiwi Apr 14th 2011
The enormity of preparing for a 125 mile race is starting to dawn. I keep being told of others' preparations for their support teams, the practice feeding sessions and other detailed planning, and I feel a sense of rising nausea and fear. The final W...
35 mile race done! But can we manage the big one?
crawlingkiwiby crawlingkiwi Apr 11th 2011
A few months ago I thought a 10k race was a long way, but yesterday I finished a 35 mile (56k) in 7hours 2min. It was 2mins over our target time, but having had to stop and phone our support team (they missed a stop and we desperately needed a fluid ...
A tough race - with a little ballet and squealing
crawlingkiwiby crawlingkiwi Mar 20th 2011
Oh my - that was tough! My partner's knee was still too dodgy to risk racing today, so I opted to do the 19 miles on my own in a VERY HEAVY K1. The build up for the race was not ideal - 2 days off work ill on Thursday and Friday, then a 240 mile roun...
crawlingkiwiby crawlingkiwi Mar 4th 2011
1. Woke up on time (actually only had 3 hours sleep and minimal food); 2. VERY dark, at one point was surprised at how wide the river was and discovered I was paddling at speed straight for the bank; 3. Guy provided excellent support at 3 points th...
4.30am, 30k, and naked??
crawlingkiwiby crawlingkiwi Mar 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 th...
Commuting by Kayak
crawlingkiwiby crawlingkiwi Mar 2nd 2011
Because I have been so affected by the Earthquake in New Zealand, I'm doing a sponsored paddle this Friday. Rather than just do a normal paddle, I've decided to commute door to door from my home near Godalming to my school in New Haw (near Woking). I...
Me or the Bearded Lady of Guildford?
crawlingkiwiby crawlingkiwi Feb 20th 2011
I seem barely able to go out training these days, without someone stopping and taking a photograph of me. As I've seen the way I look when I come off the water, I know they are not moved to record an image of great beauty. The truth is a bit more pro...
Eating isn't usually this difficult...
crawlingkiwiby crawlingkiwi Jan 23rd 2011
Eating has never been a problem for me - I'm always keen to shovel food down at any time and although I attempt to eat healthily, chocolate remains a perpetual weakness. So why am I struggling so much to get my nutrition right on my long workouts? ...
A Truly Tragic Week
crawlingkiwiby crawlingkiwi Jan 15th 2011
This week I was given a lesson in what really matters. At the start of the week I was very focused on the floods in Australia, particularly when we lost contact with my niece who lives in Brisbane next to the river. She turned up safe and sound, if a...
Motivation and that competitive spirit - who has it and why?
crawlingkiwiby crawlingkiwi Jan 8th 2011
While I've been languishing in my sick bed over the past week or so, I've been contemplating motivation and why some people seem to have it working in overdrive, while others leech apathy from every pore. At school, I have students (primarily tee...
And it was going so well....
crawlingkiwiby crawlingkiwi Jan 8th 2011
Now I'm sure it had nothing to do with paddling through blizzards and ice-storms, but oh my, I've been hit by 2 shocking types of flu ... the second bout of which, didn't even have the decency to wait until I was recovered from the first. So I g...
Who's the nutter?
crawlingkiwiby crawlingkiwi Dec 22nd 2010
Training in this weather has made for some interesting observations. There has been a definite sense of camaraderie between the different disciplines - as I paddled through the heavy snow on Saturday, cyclists and runners waved, we all sensed the sam...
Plans
crawlingkiwiby crawlingkiwi Dec 19th 2010
Have decided to undertake the DW (125 mile canoe race) at Easter next year. Lots of things could go wrong before then, but it feels so good to have an aim and a definitive goal. Along the way there will be some Waterside Races and hopefully a huge ga...
 
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