When I set my heart to do something....like I goal, I become obsessed with it and try to achieve it. I eat and breathe it. Unless of course it's not in my heart. For instance I have always been drawn to challenging tasks so I did sky-diving, even though one of my greatest fears is heights. I mentioned a while back that I would like to climb Mt Kilimanjaro. Let's get one thing straight, I am not much of a hiker or mountaineer but I have become obsessed with it because I was told NOT to do it, I have been discouraged by family and friends. Well, I get where they are coming from but I believe it's my business. Therefore, I will attempt it. Well, the time has come, part of my recent obsession at the gym is as a result of Kilimanjaro. Now I have 2/3 months of intense training, mainly walking at a high gradient. I need to be at the gym 6 times a week for at least 75 mins and hike at my spare time. Now my main task over the next couple of weeks is to find hiking boots to break into before my scheduled climb. Last week I met some new guy at the gym who climbs mountains on a yearly basis, so we've been sort of training together. We went rock climbing over the weekend, the twin peaks overlooking Abuja....they were quite steep, yet scenic, although it was for only 1:15hrs it still hurt like hell the next day.
I going on holiday next week (do not fret, I don't intend to derail from my plan as my hotel has a gym and a pool) and I intend to stick with it. Good news is, I am required to eat as much carbs towards the start of my climb. I have been consumed with reading any sort of literature partaining to mountain climbing as well as an extensive research on appropriate clothing, food, Altitude sickness etc. That's where fear creeps in. Altitude sickness can kill. So I am well versed and prepared. I pray to God I make the summit. I know I will. For me it's deeper and more personal. I am sure when I reach the summit, I'll know. Nothing good or exhilirating comes easy. I know it's an extreme challenge.
Oh and you guys will partake. I am planning to raise awareness and money for Scoliosis and endometriosis (2 of my closest friends suffer from it) while I do my climb. I know how some people are skeptical about giving money to Charity especially for feats like this. Well, this is different. BecauseI am paying for my climb. I am not asking for donations to climb at all. (donations or not, feat must go on). I will be setting up an account with Just Giving and any money paid there will go to Scoliosis UK. So not to worry. It's safe and secure. I will keep you appraised on my training progress as time comes along. Wish me good luck :-)
:"Everyone has mountains to climb, sometimes those mountains are in our minds. True triumph is about trying whatever the result"- Unknown