Thanks for the visuals Rob!
After an enlightening conversation with Robert from Everlasting Tanzania Travels it came to my attention that I may not be putting enough into my training. Is it possible that I have underestimated the challenge of climbing such a majestic entity? So this week I have amped up the hill work. I will be adding lots of hills of all shapes, sizes and elevations to hike up and down as many times a week as I can fit into my schedule. I will also be planning some winter weekend trips to do back to back 8 hour hiking days. We have 13 weeks now until our departure. This is crunch time! The training package that we were given was a 12 week program with nutrition included. The time has come to invest all of our energy and right choices into preparing for this climb. We have one shot at making this experience great. Being prepared is going to make all the difference between an enjoyable or excruciating experience. I'm planning on enjoying myself and sitting back after a long day of hiking and taking in all of my surroundings with a sense if wonder and excitement of what the next day will bring.
Thanks for the visuals Rob!
A new adventure sure does bring about many challenges as we try to incorporate new habits and routines into our already full and busy lives. Joanne and I have both felt the mounting pressure of time commitments and a growing to do list pushing down on us. As we have slowly started to lay out our plan, relax the expectations we have placed on ourselves and organize our thoughts, the 'to do list' is becoming more manageable. This week marks our 15th week until departure and we are continuing to meet our goals in nutrition and training.
Everlasting Tanzania is one of the few companies that takes a holistic approach in its training to get ready for the climb.
They have provided us with extensive nutritional information that focuses on strengthening our immune system, improving the efficiency of oxygen transport, increasing energy levels, increasing metabolic rates, supporting muscle growth and improving our overall health and well being. It is with these nutritional goals in mind that I am creating my weekly meal plan. I have been doing my best to stick with it! Having the right food in the house, preparing food in advance and packing food to go has been a focus for me this past week. It takes a great deal of planning and preparation to eat with intention.
Joanne and I both found great pleasure in our physical training this week which proved to be an outlet to release stress, clear our minds and find focus.
This week marks our 16 week countdown to our departure date and we have certainly been busy planning. Getting our bodies ready for this climb, purchasing and testing out the proper gear needed for the climb, and planning events that will help us raise money for Mom2Mom Africa have all been high on our priority list.
We have moved on from our sweet December indulgences and have been busy organizing our nutritional needs. I have prepared my weekly meal plan which I feel plays a huge role for me in getting prepared for the climb. It has been carefully planned in order to encompass the nutritional suggestions provided by our trekking company. For interest sake, I have included it in the Nutrition section. I will be updating it on a weekly basis over the next 16 weeks. Week 1 has been posted so you can check it out.
After taking inventory of what we have and what we need, Joanne and I have been slowly collecting our gear over the last few months. Everlasting Tanzania has provided us with a list of essentials that we will need to tackle the mountain. You can find information on the gear that we will be using, how it is performing and other tidbits of info when you click on the 'Gear' section listed under 'Getting Prepared'.
Earlier this week, Joanne and I met at Starbucks to discuss our fundraising events that will be taking place over the next couple months. We will be announcing them soon so be prepared to mark them in your calendar! For more information on those check out our Events/Fundraising page that will be updated soon.
We have met with Baden Public School and are super excited to include the children on our adventure as we share with them our journey to Mount Kilimanjaro.
I have been steadily learning how to use this site so that we can share our experiences with you. Your involvement, support and feedback mean so much to us as we set out on this adventure. We want you, your family and our whole community to be a part of this journey. Please join us as we reach for the summit!
New Year's Day has always been my favorite day of the year. It is a day full of wonder and dreaming of the new adventures, endless possibilities, and great potential of the entire year laid out before us. It is a time when we can reexamine, rediscover and redefine ourselves. January 1st symbolizes the starting pistol at the beginning of a marathon, the first step on a thousand mile journey, the first day of the rest of our lives. It is a day full of positive energy, inspiration and motivation as we begin our journey into another year. Today I am thinking of my journey to Mount Kilimanjaro. I am full of motivation as I plan the steps that I will be taking to get to the mountain. I am full of wonder as I dream of this new experience that will bring much self discovery and growth. I am full of inspiration as I look towards the children and families of Tanzania that we are climbing for. I am full of gratitude to be a part of a group that gives so much of their time, energy and love in the pursuit of raising funds to help others.
The year 2015 is going to be a great year!
Follow Joanne Marchildon and I as we share with you every step of our journey to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.
Happy New Year to everyone and all my best wishes as you plan for your amazing year!