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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.

Who's the nutter?

crawlingkiwiby crawlingkiwiDec 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 same element of madness but determination to fight on through.
I now think nothing of going out in the ice and snow and can appreciate the river for just how beautiful it is and i don't really consider how my activities might look to those passing by. Tonight, I saw 2 people in their garden, up a tree doing some gardening - it was cold and at dusk and I muttered 'nutters' as I went by. It was a few minutes later before I realised that I could only see the 'nutters' in their garden because I was paddling on the water, on my own, at dusk, in the snow and ice. No doubt they would have had an interesting description of me at that point!
A couple of years ago I couldn't believe that a paddling race wasn't cancelled when there was a little snow flurry, now I look at what I'm going out in and I can't quite believe it. I've always enjoyed running in the snow as long as it isn't too icy - a spectacularly snowy Christmas run in Pennsylvania comes to mind - but sitting on a freezing river with a thin sliver of fibreglass between me and the water, adds a little extra sense of danger! I stick to an extremely stable boat at the moment, because I do not want to capsize in winter - we don't wear wet-suits, just lycra plus a cag and no buoyancy aids, so I really need to stay ON the surface and dry. Nutters? Maybe.
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