In October I walked 178km in 8 days (part of the Camino de Santiago that crosses across northern Spain, the part we walked was mainly through Galicia). Part of the walk included a 8km climb up to 1000m at 7.5%. We walked every day from around 7am to 5pm, with stops it was 6 hours of walking. Even though it was October and should have been autumn the weather was really hot and we didn't see a cloud for 6 of the days let alone any rain. The walking was not really that hard, although carrying 7kg on your back you certainly notice the difference. Unfortunately I developed blisters on the first day - not any little blisters either, giant blisters that covered the whole of the bottom of my heels. Blisters that needed to continually be drained by sewing a length of cotton into them (a wick). It was really difficult to walk and I used up a lot of compeed plaster but in the end had to make a cushion out of folded up tissues and then just grit my teeth. On my birthday I really wanted to give up, but we were still 6 days from Santiago and pretty much in the middle of nowhere and really couldn't think how we could fill up the days until our plane flew back to London. So we kept going and we got to the end. Yay!
Anyway, the blisters have been taking a very long time to heal. All the dead skin recently peeled off completely leaving all new baby soft skin underneath. Not that you can tell to look anymore, but they are still really sensitive to walking. Normally I drive to my daughter's school drop her off and then walk into work and back at the end of each day. Its about a 35-40 min walk each way. But when I walk at the moment I soon feel the notorious "hot spots" I came to recognise, alas too late! So I have been cycling instead but its really just a 10 min ride, and I prefer to do more exercise than that each day if I can. So I decided to take advantage of no school drop off during the school holidays to park my car further up the hill (we live in Summertown but my daughter's school is in Rose Park) and ride in from there.
So yesterday I parked in Stonyfell and rode in - lots of fun, down the hill, hardly any traffic, for some reason got every green light through the city and didn't have to stop between Hutt St and Gawler Place. But I wasn't really looking forward to the reverse journey. I know that lots of you will say "they're not hills" but if you've been used to just scooting across Victoria park then they are hills. But actually, it wasn't that hard. I just took my time, rolled along in a suitably easy gear and didn't have to stop at all (something I had sort of expected I would have to do). I reckon that the walking I did in Spain probably did teach me that to get to the end you just have to keep going, and it might not be as hard as you think.
So what challenge should I try next? (You know I'm not really serious right? - personal challenges totally aren't my thing - there has to be more of a reason to it - or else no reason at all...:)
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