Every year I like to take on a challenge which is physical and having completed several marathons and long distance cycling, I thought it was time for a change. Martin had laid down the challenge and on looking at my bucket list it was obvious what to do next.. Climb Kilimanjaro which is the world’s largest free standing mountain at 19,341 feet.
What followed was several months of preparation. Whilst this included climbing the highest 9 peaks in Scotland, followed by Snowdon and some adventures in The Lakes, I spent many an hour in the gym, supported by Martin.
All the preparation paid off. The weekly rucking with extra weight and running with a weighted vest meant that carrying my rucksack for a week was relatively easy. This was just as well as the high altitude made everything that much harder. With a tough and undulating terrain on the lead up to the summit night, I was grateful that my legs were strong enough to cope without too many problems – must have been all those lunges!!
The summit night was harder than I imagined – 7.5 hours in the dark going very slowly due to lack of oxygen! However, the feeling at the top is something I shall never forget and no words can really do it justice… Aliveness! Exhilarated! Jubilant! Shattered! to name a few but also Relief! Of those who attempt the summit, only half only make it to the top so I was also very proud.
Thanks to Martin for helping me get to the top!
Fitness is not about being better than someone else… IT IS ABOUT BEING BETTER THAN YOU USED TO BE.
— Martin King, Personal Trainer