Next Saturday things get real!
Yesterday I completed the last big training walk around Spinnaker Park and I didn’t pull up feeling like I’d been dragged behind a car. This time, I drank plenty of water. Big difference.
Yesterday’s walk of 21 km took 3 hours and 47 mins (including several drink breaks and a couple of stops to loosen my left shoe which for some reason likes to strangle my toes).
So, if all goes to plan I’ll finish my marathon stroll in roughly 8 hours.
So kick off next week is at 8 am with an expected finishing time of 4 or 5 pm.
After that, I’ll spend a month not walking around in circles for hours at a time, instead I’ll be focusing on my next project… more on that later.
Still, it’ll be funny not spending my weekends pottering around the Spinnaker Park paths. It’s been a delight (in spite of having a left shoe determined to destroy my big toe).
I’ve met lots of nice folks (Ange, Pat and Klaus, Barry and others) bumped into plenty of friends, seen weddings, baby naming ceremonies and plenty of BBQ’s. I’ve waved to boaties, pulled up to watch people reeling in fish and been sniffed by countless dogs.
Yesterday I watched turtles being released, including this big mother:
I’ve seen stingrays leaping and baby dolphins learning how to catch fish. Occasionally a passing turtle will poke its’ head out of the water to look at the sweating man strolling by.
I’ve lost count of the number of podcasts I’ve listened to, plus I’ve given my Spotify music catalogue a solid workout.
Basically, it’s been fun.
I don’t know why I’m doing this, but I’m committed now so that’s all there is to it.
If you have a little bit of spare time, pop down and say ‘Hi’ as I stroll by.