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RacingThePlanet: Iceland 2013 Blogs

John's blogging begins
29-Jan-2013 06:49:28 AM [(GMT+02:00) Harare, Pretoria]

Outside of riding and swimming logbook says I have run 118km so far this month… not bad, not bad….. not great, not great… Feeling pretty strong and looking forward to a long steady build up to August. Best part of having the race in the diary is it ‘forces’ you in to some kind of training regime, to get out there running and entering other events along the way – and there are quite a few to look forward to in the next couple of months. Got to run up Lions Head recently – never been up before, even after being in Cape Town for 30+ years.. Very cool and hope to do much more of this. What I do know is that Cape Town folk are exceptionally spoilt when it comes to getting on to the trails with some of the most spectacular scenery in the world!
2013 is here
01-Jan-2013 02:30:19 AM [(GMT+02:00) Harare, Pretoria]

Yes, indeed, the new year has arrived and for all of us that means different things – but I guess for all of us, it is a chance to start over, to challenge ourselves, to fill our year with incredible things, to achive our goals, to find fulfillment in what we do, to push ourselves to do our best in all areas of our lives.

I can say that 2013 is definitely going to tick all of the above for us, and I can say that now already, because we have committed ourselves to something quite life-changing, an adventure that will shape our year and teach us many lessons.

We have entered a 7-day stage race in Iceland, covering 250km.  It is a self-supporting race which means we have to carry everything we require for 7 days – food, clothing, bedding, navigation equipment, medical equipment, water etc.  The only thing that we are provided with is a tent and a minimum amount of water for each day (I was horrified to read that they don’t even provide us with toilet paper for the long-drops…).

We had been toying with the idea of entering this RacingThePlanet race for a while, but it took some time before we actually entered and paid our deposit.  It is a big committment physically, mentally, financially and in time.  We have done Ironman before, so we knew that we could manage our time and get the training done;  we have been runners and done some endurance events, so we knew that with the right programme we could get our bodies ready; I think we are both quite mentally strong, which will, hopefully, stand us in good stead once we’re out there; so I guess it was the financial issue that kept us from entering for a while.  The entry for the race is very expensive, not to mention the getting there….but we bit the bullet and took the giant leap.

We are looking forward to the training, to the challenge and the end goal of running in a part of the world we would probably never get to see.  It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity…..one that will definitely take us out of our comfort zones!!!

That is why we have created this Blog – to serve as a means to share our training, thoughts, highs, lows and ulitmately the race itself.  It will also be a diary for us to always look back on.  We will continually update it, so feel free to follow it or log onto it every now and again to see what we’re up to.

CARYN KENNEDY
RacingThePlanet: Iceland 2013

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Guest House Owner and mother of 3 daughters

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CARYN KENNEDY
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Hometown
Hout Bay, Cape Town, South Africa

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Guest House Owner and mother of 3 daughters

Why are you competing?
To challenge myself - To experience something that
very few people get to - To share it with my
husband - To get out of my comfort zone - To see
if I can...

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