Am I Crazy?

Moving straight on from the fact that I didn’t get to do my half marathon this year, I’ve signed us up for our “next big thing”.

Earlier this month I checked out the rogaining calendar for the rest of the year and identified two rogaines that we could potentially get to. Both of them were going to involve our girls staying with their grandparents overnight, so we decided it was only fair to let the grandparents decide which one worked best for them (if either). The stars aligned and everyone is excited to have a sleepover in about three weeks time.

Now, this isn’t just any rogaine either. We’ve done a couple of mini rogaines (3 hours) and several 6 hour rogaines – only one of which we stayed out for the full six hours. And they’ve all been in metro areas, so a good amount of road navigation or easy bush nav, with shops easily accessible. This time it’s the NSW Rogaine Championships – 24 hour event. You know, a big one. And it’s all bush, carry everything with you, camp out type of event. I’m equal parts excited and terrified!

Obviously there’s no way I will be out there for 24 hours straight. I value my sleep way too much and the legs just aren’t anywhere near ready for it. So our vague plan (for now), is to head out for 4-6 hours from the midday start with a goal of covering up to 20km. Back to base for regroup and some dinner, then with a full moon rising, head out for a small night navigation loop (1-2 hours?) to pick up a couple of controls and see how we go with it. More food and a good sleep. Up bright and early on the Sunday to head out for a further 3-4 hours and add some more points to the tally.

We will need to plan well for this three pronged approach, so if we need to take a bit more time at the start to make sure we’re happy with our starting plan, then that’s what we will do. We could be hopelessly optimistic with our planned routes, so we need to make sure there are options within each for cutting them short or, we can always dream, extending them if we’re making good time and feeling good. There’s a lot to organise as it’s a very long time since we’ve been camping. Luckily the event provides plenty of good food from dinner Saturday onwards, so that’s one less thing to worry about. Now to sort out camping gear, clothing and all the bits and pieces we need to carry with us.

It’s going to be a crazy weekend – I can’t wait.

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One Word: Flu!

Yep, I’ve been completely wiped out all week with the flu… A vaguely tickly, sore throat on Sunday evening turned into that overall ache and unwell feeling by Monday morning.  Lunch time saw me heading home early from work and I’ve spent the rest of the week either in bed or on the lounge.  Not a fun week.

A combination of either having had the flu shot earlier in the year and starting on Tamiflu by Tuesday meant the symptoms never progressed as much as it felt like they should.  I’ve been exhausted though, and a week later, my head is almost back in gear but I’m physically as weak as a newborn kitten – grocery shopping this morning was too hard and walking more than 100m had me feeling dizzy and nauseous.

I have a feeling that my half marathon plans are completely shot at this point.  With not enough training in the lead up, I really needed these final weeks to have some strong, regular running in and it’s just not going to happen.  Luckily(?), there is the option to defer my registration to next year.  I have to make the decision by 8th September, so there’s still another week to decide but I’m 99% sure I’ll be deferring at this point.

At first I was disappointed that I’ll have to push my goals back a year, but in the long run, it’s not such a big deal.  I don’t have any urge to run multiple race events each year, or to do a marathon following on from the half, I can still do all my orienteering and rogaining events.  Now, to just get better!