For years I’d wanted to enter the Oxfam Challenge, not just for charity (because that in itself is a big motivator) but I wanted to prove to myself that I could do it. I’m not unfit, nor am I very fit. However, 100 km’s is a long way and I didn’t have anyone to do it with until one of my friends had to pull out of the event and I happily signed up. I had three great team members who were encouraging, considerate and they’d all done this before. I was the newbie. I didn’t get a lot of sleep before the race, I was too excited and I wanted to be sick. Knowing that your going to be walk for the next 30 hours is daunting. I’d gone over the route so many times in my head. I’d learnt every part of the track, the altitude and the different terrain. I studied the weather and knew that it was going to be humid (uncomfortable) and possibly rain. Rain I can handle, I live …
Figs are in season at the moment (in NZ). Yesterday I had stopped at a roadside store in Kutatere (Bay of Plenty) and paid $8 for a bag of organic figs. Maybe figs are cheaper in the store to buy, but buying organic and supporting local businesses is my thing.
When I’m picking tracks I usually avoid those that start with ‘Mt’, I have images of blizzards, frost bite or rescue teams. HOWEVER, we are in Auckland and there are no alpine mountains – at all. Mt Zion is probably the easiest Mt in NZ, the car park is at the top!
I’ve started making healthy options; without sugar, dairy or processed foods… and these little bliss balls are so easy to make!
The first part of the track is walking up to the Huia Dam, its an incline! To be expected of course but the way we were feeling, flat would have been preferred!