Journey to Svalbard

Third time lucky?

The 2022 Svalbard crossing expedition is on.  The sabbatical is booked.  I’ve blown the dust of the kit checklist and done several happy-dances round the house.  After two cancellations, I’m remaining cautiously optimistic and I do need to have a defined Plan B if it cancels again: mostly around what I do with the sabbatical.  But that planning is for later.  My attention is now on being ready for April 2022.

In July 2019 I ran/walked the Thunder Run, a 24 hour relay race around a 10km trail in Catton Park in Derbyshire, UK.  I completed 4 laps for my team and felt pretty good about it, and by April 2020 I was ready for the Svalbard Crossing.  Fast forward to now and I can walk 55km in 12 hours so I am much fitter this time round with 9 months to go.  That being said, I am the queen of self-doubt and I am definitely not in as good a place mentally as I was in July 2019. This is hardly surprising but I know that over and above physical training, I need to focus on training my mindset. This is supposed to be fun, after all!

So what does this mean for the Cheshire Challenge?  Next weekend I will clock round my target of 30% complete this year, 50% feels way off but maybe 42%?  I’m going to press pause on the challenge for a few months over winter, the Cheshire plains will turn into a clarty horrible mud-fest and I desperately want some winter mountain time.  So 42% by November?  That feels like a good number.

Onward!

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