Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Snack Cakes Anyone?

Next up on the race calendar is the big trip, with a big race.

I am still recovering, and am getting a little frustrated because I'm mentally ready to train, but it is hard to train and recover at the same time. Hopefully by next week everything will be further along.

In the meantime, I'm starting to think more and more about TrailWalker, and looking forward to meeting the half of our team who I don't know. From emailing, I think we're all going to get along just great and have a lot of fun. (You know, in a painful, sleep-deprived, glycogen-depleted kind of way.)

Since it will be Deb's 40th birthday on race weekend, and she is our intrepid leader, our team name is fittingly Lil' Deb and the Snackcakes...with the rest of us being Deb's Snackcakes. Kristina came up with the following names for us:

Deb - Lil' Deb
Kim - Honey Buns
Kristina - Fancy Cakes
Me - Nutty Bar

Kim has set up a Facebook page for us, and the race site provides a donation page for our team, with all proceeds going to Oxfam. If anyone feels inclined to contribute to this great organization in our name, we would all greatly appreciate that. (Note, the funds go directly to Oxfam, they do not in any way fund our race/trip.)

Deb is working on getting shirts for us, with a logo that Kristina is developing. It will be fun to have a team shirt to inspire us.

All three of my teammates were in Hong Kong last weekend for a training trip to check out the hardest parts of the trail. It sounds like it is going to be a hot, humid race, so we'll have to load up on electrolytes, changes of clothing, and body glide.

As for me....I've been de-conditioning while I pamper sore feet and hips, rapidly acclimating to cooler weather, and I still haven't tried out the hiking poles. I better start getting my act together.
100 km Maclehose Trail, Hong Kong
Finally, there is a TrailWalker event in Canada now. It's on the Ganaraska Hiking Trail in Ontario, and will be in its second year in mid-July, 2012.