|Three failed attempts to break the record for riding solo|
and unsupported around Australia occupied injury time
(2007, 2008 and 2009).
When running plays as large a part in your life as it has in mine, the absence of running leaves a large void that is easily filled with self-pity and eating. Back in my prime, when I was running 200+ kilometres a week, these voids were even larger and sometimes longer. I soon learned that the best way of managing them was to fill the space with meaningful activity and see them as an opportunity. If other activities I enjoyed were still possible, such as hiking, bike-riding or kayaking, then I would pursue those. If I could give myself some kind of challenge, then even better. When studying, it was a chance to complete assignments. In a worst-case scenario, it might mean some long-delayed DIY work around the house or gardening.
|I completed the 250km River Murray Red Cross |
Canoe Marathon twice while unable to run (circa 1980).
This week, I have spent a lot of time on detailed planning for my next adventure (since retiring, I've tried to have at least one adventure each year). Two options I'm considering involve hiking part, or all, of two famous long-distance trails. One is the 3,000 kilometre Te Araroa Trail which runs the length of New Zealand and the other is the 4,200 kilometre Pacific Crest Trail which follows the crest of the Sierra Nevada and Cascade mountain ranges from Mexico to Canada in the western US . Both are on my "bucket list". However, before committing I want to have a good idea of the terrain, gear I will need, the distance between resupply options, likely weather, best timing, and so on. I enjoy the research, and it gives me something positive to think about, and anticipate, at a time when frustrated by my inability to run.