*43 days until the race*
I decided that I’d take a day off training today so it seems as if I have fallen into a pattern of 1 day on, 1 day off which so far has largely been dictated by how I’m feeling. My main aim is to reach Ibiza as fit and healthy as possible and with so much ultrarunning behind me already this year I don’t want to burn out before July! On Thursday I’m looking forward to meeting my crew mates and to getting on-board the race boat for a training session on the water at the London Regatta Centre. But, just because I’m on a 1 Day on/1 Day off training pattern it doesn’t mean that my ‘day off’ is spent doing nothing to do with the row…quite the opposite!
The fact I’ve fallen into a one day on/one day off training pattern means I have a chance to catch up on the administrative aspects of the row! I need to keep a close eye on my finances and I’m still putting together a pre and post-race fundraising strategy. I’m hoping to have some events lined up in the next couple of weeks so watch this space for more information and to those of you who I know, expect some phone calls.
Aside from the fundraising and awareness I am currently researching which courses might be best for me to undertake – they need to fit my budget, my dwindling annual leave entitlement and my location. This morning I started my Basic Navigation & Safety course which is computer and home study based and last night I booked onto a one day Sea Survival course which takes place on July 5th. All I need to do now is book onto a VHF radio course and a First Aid at Sea course before boarding my flight to Ibiza on July 14th!
When I’m faced with my NOMAN ‘To Do’ list I remember a piece of ocean rowing wisdom that I read in Julia Immonen’s book:
“The hardest part of the battle is getting to the start line!”
Another thing I take comfort in when people look at me with raised eyebrows or question why I would undertake such a feat with zero experience and only 50 days to prepare comes, again, from Julia Immonen and I’m going to sign off with this quote:
“We have been taught to frown on being naive, inexperienced, and ill-equipped for the job, but I wonder whether we miss out on great adventures if we listen too carefully to the warnings.”