Prior preparation prevents piss poor performance, a well used military phrase that is keeping me focused right now.
In 86 days I will be standing on Kilimanjaro ready for my adventure to start. 4.5 days climbing up the mountain and 1.5 days down. As I write, I am feeling under prepared – largely as I have just had a week out of work and training due to a virus. So back on my feet again, my thoughts this week are about getting organised.
Sarah’s list of things to do this week:-
1. Get my doctors written consent that I’m fit enough to climb Kilimanjaro. I am, therefore this should pose no problem. Fingers crossed he isn’t going to charge me for the pleasure, several of my Kilimanjaro team have had to pay £25 for a signature!
2. Arrange my visa for Tanzania, it’s only valid for 90 days so I just need to complete the paperwork and diarise when to apply.
3. Book my Yellow Fever, Hep A and Typhoid jabs. Ouch. I know I have tattoos but this still doesn’t stop me being slightly scared about facing a needle. I also need to talk to the doctor about Diamox (a drug that can be prescribed to combat altitude sickness) and to look at Ginkgo Biloba which is an alternative remedy for the side effects.
4. Buy wet weather gear. As if the fitness, fundraising and fear of climbing Kilimanjaro in February were not enough to keep me awake at night already, I am now starting to have a mild panic about kit. I imagine (looking outside just for a moment at the rain and the wind) from this point onwards my long walks will be in the cold and wet. Being inappropriately dressed for an 8 hour walk will be uncomfortable for me and may affect the sanity of my team mates – so I am off to buy waterproof jacket, trousers and warm layers later this week.
5. Find a fail safe plan to stay fit and healthy for the next 86 days, so that I can meet my training objectives. I have bought Manuka honey to put in my porridge, am taking echinaccea and various other supplements and am eating healthily. I am planning early nights, not drinking alcohol and a realistic training regime that will allow me to rest whilst continually improving my fitness. I am also asking for advice from all the adventurers and fitness guru’s around me – but that’s another post coming soon!
6. Be prepared to hand in 80% (£3000) of my fundraising money by 30 November. I currently have £2000 forwards my target. That givens me 21 day’s to raise £1000, so if you haven’t already sponsored me and you were thinking you might, before the end of the November would be super awesome. You can read about my charity – Sparks childrens charity and their work on last week’s post ‘Your money making a difference’.
Until next time…