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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.

Spring has sprung

crawlingkiwiby crawlingkiwiMar 27th 2011
With my K2 partner still injured, I opted for an 18 mile training paddle today in the gorgeous weather. It could not have been more perfect, aside from the pleasure boaters who were speeding past threatening to upend me. I'm a little sunburnt and my muscles are a bit sore, but I'm feeling quite satisfied.

My time today was almost 1mph faster than my race last weekend and I felt strong and comfortable. Last weekend I raced after having had 2 days off work sick in bed, which I have to admit was not ideal preparation. Today I was so much faster and ahead of schedule, that I reached the pick-up point before my husband had even left Reading. He then mis-read the map and I just kept on paddling, so it was many more miles before we eventually met up, but in this weather, who cares?

Fine sunny weather has such a tremendous impact on mood and desire to get out there, I am praying for fabulous spring weather over the next 4 weeks. If we make it to the start line of the DW and then on to the finish line just the 125 miles later ... then in exactly 4 weeks time, it should all be over. My partner's dislocated knee is now safely encased in metal, but her tendonitis in the wrist is not looking good. I'm choosing to ignore the aches in my wrists - we both want to do the race so much.

Yesterday we took delivery of a nearly-new boat and I for one am desperate to get it out on the water to try. The weather is on our side, we finally have a boat we can paddle and portage, I am now getting the miles in and have rec'eed most of the course. The only question remaining is whether our aging bodies will make it to the start in one piece?
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