days till our departure for Georgia and one of the biggest adventures of my
Iíve finally recovered
from the nasty stomach virus that zapped my energy the last six days (I know
other folks around here whoíve had it, too.) I suppose I needed the rest, but
that was a tough way to get it.
I was unable to do my
last long run on the AT, or even at Explore Park.
On Saturday while Jim ran
David Hortonís tough Promise Land 50K, I did a hilly 5-mile walk on the course
and was just exhausted. I was on my feet a lot, also helping at the start and
finish for several hours, but on a normal day it wouldnít have phased me.
Sunday I felt better so I
attempted a 30-mile/8-hour (whichever came first) run at Explore Park, but had
to bag it after 19 miles. I felt reasonably good for 15 miles, given my weakened
condition. Then I was toast and dragged the last four miles. Reason won out over
determination. I decided it was better to be under-trained than just get more
After a deep massage and
thorough chiropractic adjustment yesterday, I feel like a new woman today. The
bloating and pain are gone, I can eat normally again, and my spirits are back up.
Iím ready to go get Ďem!
FINE-TUNING MY ENERGY PLAN
Iíve been experimenting
with my energy plan in the six weeks since I wrote
Prep9 about nutrition and
hydration. Here is a summary of my current plan:
Keep water only in my 100-oz.
Camelbak bladder. Use it to wash down the Hammergel, Perpetuem, and Sustained
Carry 3X strength Perp or SE
mixed with water in a 20-oz. bottle I carry in my hand. Use water from bladder
to wash it down. One bottle of concentrated mix will last me several hours,
alternated with gel. If I need more, I can either carry some of the powder in a little baggie
and mix it with water from the bladder or another source, or carry a 28-oz. bottle
at 4X or 5X strength.
Use Hammergel at rate of one flask
per hour or two (alternate with electrolyte beverage Iím using that day). Iíve
got six flavors of gel, so I shouldnít tire of any one flavor. The caffeinated
espresso will perk me up if Iím sluggish.
Take Enduroltye electrolyte
capsules as needed. On hot days, two per hour work best for me, on cool days, only
one/hour. This will probably vary on the trek, depending on distance, weather,
my condition, etc.
Recoverite tastes good. Iíve used
this recovery drink only once, so Iíll report back later re: how well itís doing
for me. We have two containers of Endurox 4 left over from last year. Iíll also
be using it until itís gone Ė unless the Recoverite is obviously superior.
Iíve been consuming about
20 oz. of fluids per hour on warm days, less on cooler ones. With all the
chatter on the ultra list recently about hyponatremia, Iím well aware of
Much of my adventure run
is going to be in hot conditions in June and July during the middle part of the
trek, so Iíll have to continue fine-tuning the water/electrolyte balance.
Historically, dehydration has been a bigger problem in the summer for
thru-hikers than hyponatremia.
AWAY WE GO!
Weíve barely begun
packing the camper yet, but Iím not worried Ė I have a list!
Jim and I have gone to so
many races over the years that we have master lists for every mode of
travel (car, plane, camper) and race distance (100-milers and sub-100s). Itís
easy to make sure we have everything we need.
Of course, thereís always
something else we wish we had! The list
keeps getting longer . . .
The concept of packing
what we need for four months along the Trail may sound overwhelming, but after
our cross-country adventure in the camper last year, this is a piece of cake.
In January of 2004, Jim
retired and we sold our house in Billings, Montana. While we were showing the
house and packing to move, there was over a foot of snow on the ground and the
temps were frigid. Since we didnít know where we were going to be moving (it was
definitely going to be somewhere warmer!!), we put all of our belongings in
storage. That was a lot of fun in
You talk about lists Ė
there were several: what to sell, what to donate to charitable
organizations, what to put in storage, and what to take in the camper for
goodness-knows-how-long weíd be full-timing until we decided on which side of
the country we were going to live. That was one stuffed camper for the
four months we lived in it!
So packing for this trip
seems easy in comparison. The weather in Virginia has been nice and we don't
need to take nearly as much "stuff." We also have an ďoutĒ Ė weíre returning
home every two to four weeks for a day or two at a time, so we can always get
what we need then.
Still, thereís a lot to
get in that camper by tomorrow night, and Iíd better get busy . . .