It’s been a while. Again. But hopefully I’ll be updating a lot more regularly because I should actually have something to blog about!
At 8pm on Saturday 4 October I will be flying to Kenya to climb Kilimanjaro.
This is the highest mountain in Africa and the highest free-standing mountain in the world. I will be
attempting climbing to almost 6,000 metres above sea level. Oh my god!
It’s being organised through work as this year’s company charity is Great Ormond Street Hospital for children. Our aim is to raise £50,000 in a group of 15 climbers – £3,300 each. So, once the details have all been finalised I will be pestering people for money at least once a day. You’ve been warned, people.
Now that it’s been confirmed, I’ve already joined the Altitude Centre to train in an oxygen chamber. It’s not just the level of fitness but it’s the effects of altitude that I need to train for. I had my first incline session there on Tuesday – walking on a treadmill at 4.5kph at 3,000 metres with alternating inclines at regular intervals, e.g. 2 mins at 0%, 2 mins at 4%, 2 mins at 0%, 2 mins at 6%, etc. Luckily, so far I’ve not felt any effects from the altitude. I was told I might feel sick/dizzy at first but I didn’t feel any different so that’s definitely a bonus. I’ll be going twice a week as well as going to be regular gym for resistance training.
I now have 7 months to get to the optimum level. There are a couple of other people from my part of the company doing the climb but I don’t know them too well. I think this is good though because I want to rely on myself for this. Encouragement is great but I need to focus on me. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do and now have the opportunity I’m going to grab it by the short and curlies and not let go!